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opinion September 18, 2021

From the submarine to the ridiculous

The old plan was to build a conventionally powered version of a nuclear-powered French submarine. It was crazy. The new plan – to buy a nuclear-powered submarine instead – is worse. It will make the replacement of the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet...

opinion September 18, 2021

Scott Morrison’s credibility deficit

Credibility is everything for a political leader. Lose it and the game is over. There are real fears within his parliamentary ranks that Scott Morrison has done just that – or is close to it. One Liberal backbencher called this week and quoted the...

opinion September 18, 2021

The case for electric vehicles

Unfortunately, Australia is currently and correctly identified as a “climate laggard” – both in terms of our emissions reduction targets and in terms of our overall policy response to achieve those targets. This is most conspicuous in our absent...

opinion September 11, 2021

After the war on terror

Among the imprinted moments that followed the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, one remains especially vivid. It came on a Sunday morning in a small-town stone church an hour north of New York City. I was among the Australian correspondents in...

opinion September 11, 2021

The secret life of Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison loves to keep a secret. It has become a trademark of his government and famously manifested itself long before he snatched the keys to The Lodge. It is serving him and the workings of our democracy poorly. As Immigration minister it...

opinion September 11, 2021


What voters really want

One of the most frustrating features of what we pride as our democracy is how some issues that are crying out for solution, or at least government attention, are so easily left to drift. This unfortunately occurs even in the face of irrefutable and...

opinion September 4, 2021


The Brereton inquiry and the fall of Kabul

In late May, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne issued a joint press release announcing the imminent closure of the Australian embassy in Afghanistan due to the “increasingly uncertain security environment”. The closure...

opinion September 4, 2021


Morrison in damage control

Scott Morrison is flailing about as he struggles to get back on the “narrow path” he keeps talking about to deliver him another election victory. Nowhere is this more obvious than the desperate damage control he embarked on earlier this week, when...

opinion September 4, 2021


The merit of privatisation has been lost through greed

One of the most compelling public policy initiatives globally over the past several decades, but unfortunately one of the most poorly implemented, has been privatisation. That is the concept of transferring business, industry or services from public...

indigenous affairs August 28, 2021


The politics of the greater good

It’s taken a long time but the concept of the “greater good” – the sense of a shared destiny, of shared interests, collective purpose, a common future – is finally returning to our politics. Largely this is the result of the need to build community...

health August 28, 2021


Will Morrison push for a November election?

The fictional Stone Age family of largely unremembered animated children’s film The Croods is the prime minister’s latest inspiration for a nation exhausted by lockdowns and living in fear of the Delta strain of Covid-19. Scott Morrison tried out...