politics

indigenous affairs November 17, 2018

The flawed strategy for a republic

With the debate raging afresh over Australia becoming a republic, the main players seem stuck in 1999 and First Nations people remain largely ignored.

resources November 17, 2018

The energy blame game

As the government pushes to legislate for control of energy prices, retailers blame poor policy for rising bills. Meanwhile, experts say, the market continues to be gamed by energy generators.

politics November 10, 2018

Neo-Nazi Nats and party infiltrations

The expulsion of a group of neo-Nazis from the Young Nationals highlights the way extremist and special interest groups can infiltrate major political parties, especially as falling party memberships put takeovers more easily within reach.

politics November 17, 2018

Morrison ‘hijacked’ NZ tourism review

An audit report covering Scott Morrison’s role in the New Zealand tourism office raises serious concerns over transparency and due process.

media November 10, 2018

Kerry O’Brien reflects on John Howard

For a significant part of Kerry O’Brien’s career, John Howard dominated Australian politics. The award-winning journalist talks about the former PM’s divisive recipe for success.

immigration September 29, 2018

Five years in Manus purgatory

The passing of the fifth anniversary of offshore detention on Manus has seen those incarcerated on the island sink further into mental despair and physical surrender.

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.

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?

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?

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.