Opinion February 17, 2018

Omar J. Sakr
Representation and diversity

The city of Santa Fe sits 2200 metres above sea level, my new friend – an older, established writer who has lived here for decades – tells me as we drive along the highway, the Rio Grande a flashing blue knife on one side, ragged sloping bush …

Opinion February 17, 2018

Claire G. Coleman
The failures of Closing the Gap

On February 13, 2008, the First Nations people of Australia received something for which we had waited decades. Kevin Rudd, having been prime minister for a little over two months, followed through on an election promise and apologised to the Stolen Generations. …

Opinion February 10, 2018

Natalie Cromb
The case for treaty

Indigenous people are viewed as a problem in this country. We are a problem that is met by the powerful with “solutions” brandished like weapons to beat us down – from historical solutions such as murder, massacre, sexualised violence …

Opinion February 3, 2018

Liz Conor
#MeToo, corroboration and rape law

Dylan Farrow has been waiting an awfully long time for support. She first made her allegations of a 1992 sexual assault by her adoptive father, Woody Allen, in 2014. She has been shunned, disbelieved, her mother accused of coaxing her into the story. …

Opinion December 23, 2017

Jane Caro
Religious school discrimination

We have been a little bewildered by recent lamentations of many of the churches about threats to their lack of religious freedom and their fear of persecution. Particularly as we heard almost nothing from them about such discrimination before the successful …

Opinion January 29, 2018

Nakkiah Lui
Dated politics of January 26

Writing this is hard. That is because Australia Day is hard. It’s been hard for me ever since I can remember. I’ve marched every year since I was a child. I’ve worn my Aboriginal flag shirt with pride and been sneered at. I’ve …

Opinion December 16, 2017

Richard Cooke
False Labor and the birth of Manus

Only voters can create accountability for the bipartisan disaster on Manus Island. But that will mean penalising politicians who are popular. For once, on Monday, Peter Dutton was telling the truth. He had started off lying, in fact lying about lying, …

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Opinion February 17, 2018

Joyce ruins Turnbull’s turnaround

The Turnbull government’s much-hyped better start to 2018 hit a brick wall this week, or more accurately a barn door with Barnaby Joyce’s face painted on it. The deputy prime minister has spectacularly exposed what is wrong with the Coalition …

Opinion February 10, 2018

Brandis departs amid LNP pessimism

One of the prime minister’s closest allies, Senator George Brandis, was upbeat as he bid farewell to his colleagues in the joint party room on Tuesday. He reminded them that everyone had written off the Howard government in the run-up to the 2001 …

Opinion February 3, 2018

Shorten outpaces Turnbull on vision

At his major scene-setting speech at the National Press Club this week, the Opposition leader warned that Australia is in danger of becoming “a left-behind society”. While that is to be avoided, he is certainly working on applying it to Malcolm …


Opinion February 17, 2018

Barnaby rubble

When it’s all over, Barnaby Joyce’s clearest contribution to Australian public life will likely be a rule that says ministers cannot have sex with their staff. The second most senior member of this government – the deputy prime minister – is a politician whose talents add up to a total of nothing.

Opinion February 10, 2018

Derision and contempt

When Malcolm Turnbull walked out on the release of a new report into Indigenous disadvantage this week, he walked out on a decade of failures. He walked out on the appalling disparity between black and white Australia, on education, employment and health. He walked out on a report that found First Australians had been “effectively abandoned” and that targets for betterment had been destroyed by budget cuts and political myopia.

Opinion February 3, 2018

Burning anger

The lie is that this country has a mature discourse, that the national conversation could be scandalised by an excess of rhetoric. It’s a lie of condescension, a lie that lets Jeff Kennett tell a young Indigenous activist to “buy a one-way plane ticket”. It’s the discourse that lets a News Corp columnist look at a hashtag such as #IStandWithTarneen and headline their corresponding piece “#InTheQueueAtMcDonald’s”


Opinion February 17, 2018

Holy owned subsidiaries

Archbishop Anthony Fisher must have been exhausted from all the fire and fury he recently poured down on the head of wretched LGBTQI sinners. But he’s picked himself up from the floor of the pulpit to tear off an epistle to Fairfax Media in response to the story about the billions of dollars of loot in the vaults of the Catholic Church in Australia.

Opinion February 10, 2018

The scarlet man

Another little beetroot-bundle is a treat for a treat-starved nation. Thank God family values are on the up and up. The odds are great that a Christian politician of the calibre of the deputy prime minister, who enthuses on the sanctity of family values, will have more than one family

Opinion February 3, 2018

The Pentecost of denying freedom

God save us from Christians. That must be uppermost in the minds of those 700 asylum seekers who missed out on permanent protection visas because, as immigration minister, Scott Morrison asked ASIO in 2013 to go slow on processing the security checks. This helpful “mitigation strategy” ensured the applicants missed their deadline and could be marched out of the country within three years, instead of getting permanent residency.


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Opinion February 17, 2018

Foreign interference and the TPP

A major function of the proposed new national security legislation on “espionage and foreign interference” is to “introduce new offences relating to foreign interference with Australia’s political, governmental or democratic processes” …

Opinion February 10, 2018

Terror in a phoney war

Thanks to Karen Middleton for “Flesh and drones” (January 27–February 2), and to Greg Hogan for his letter (“Drones create new dilemmas”, February 3–9).  Professor John Blaxland says, “We used to carpet-bomb …

Opinion February 3, 2018

A compelling argument on Australia Day

Nakkiah Lui’s “Dated politics” (January 27–February 2) was so fresh, so honest and so very real. Compared with the “divide and rule” practices of our dated politicians she has every right to resent the practices …