politics

politics September 22, 2018

Liberal drift in Wentworth

The range of candidates running in the Wentworth byelection reflects an electorate that has less and less in common with the Liberal Party, which has held the seat since the party’s foundation.

law & crime September 22, 2018

Queensland debates abortion law

Next month, Queensland will debate changes to pregnancy termination legislation. While many argue current laws disadvantage poorer women, particularly in rural areas, others are keen to maintain the status quo.

religion September 15, 2018

The Liberals’ religious right

With the ascendancy of a Pentecostal Christian leader, the Liberal Party slides further to the religious right. But can it find salvation without the coffers of Malcolm Turnbull?

education September 22, 2018

Inaccessible classrooms in NSW schools

Among the thousands of demountable classrooms used in NSW schools, many are inaccessible to parents with disabilities. So why is the Education Department ignoring building codes that require higher standards?

politics September 15, 2018

Exclusive: Dutton’s record on cabinet recusal

In five years, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has only once absented himself from cabinet discussions relating to child care.

environment August 18, 2018

Accounting trick frames reef grant

The government’s surprise $444 million grant to a private foundation is allegedly being used to fudge its commitment to UNESCO on Barrier Reef protection.

immigration August 11, 2018

Who is making money out of racism?

In a final interview as race discrimination commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane condemns politicians and media organisations for profiting from racism, and warns it will get worse. Mike Seccombe reports.

rural August 4, 2018

High court challenge to Walker inquiry threatens federation

A Commonwealth challenge to South Australia’s Murray–Darling royal commission has become a state rights battleground with implications for the Constitution.

religion August 4, 2018

The politics of racism

The government’s rhetoric on race takes it into territory that is uglier and more targeted than even John Howard’s campaigns.

law & crime August 4, 2018

Home Affairs’ bid to avoid visa reviews

Attorney-General Christian Porter has ordered another review of the AAT, citing issues of “public trust”. It’s the latest in a crusade to shift powers from the tribunal to Home Affairs.

politics July 28, 2018

Rinehart’s secret millions to the IPA

Unexpected disclosures in Gina Rinehart’s protracted family legal battle have revealed the mining magnate funds up to half of the Institute of Public Affairs’ activities.