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ir December 4, 2021

Inside Bernard Collaery’s trial

Secret evidence, secret hearings and secret judgements. Each step in the prosecution of Bernard Collaery comes with another layer of opacity. If it were not so serious, the accumulation of secrecy in this case would be comedic. Secrecy heaped upon...

politics December 4, 2021

Jacqui Lambie did what John Howard and the Liberal Party wouldn’t

Now the various independents’ movements are gaining genuine momentum in a number of key seats, having identified good, strong, community-based candidates and launching their campaigns for the next federal election, it is instructive to contemplate...

politics December 4, 2021

Symptoms of decay expose Morrison’s old and tired government

If the last fortnight of parliament for the year is any guide, Labor has its tail up and the government is in the doldrums. The lack of engagement from the Coalition backbench as the prime minister and his ministers slugged it out with the...

politics November 27, 2021

Scott Morrison’s election lies

It has been a widely held perception that politicians can play fast and loose with the truth. As with those who sell used cars, they manipulate data and events to suit what they think will be to their short-term political advantage. Donald Trump...

health November 27, 2021

How to turn the Great Resignation into the Great Revolution

Already, it has been called the “Great Resignation”. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, people are quitting their jobs en masse. Bartenders, sales assistants, healthcare workers, teachers and tech developers are calling it quits – a record 4.3...

politics November 27, 2021


A question of characters

Anthony Albanese is convinced the tide is going out on the Morrison government. Scott Morrison senses it too, but, like King Canute, he is desperately trying to prove he’s still in control. The embattled prime minister is being swamped by almost...

ir November 20, 2021


John Alexander turns on Scott Morrison

Former Australian tennis great John Alexander doesn’t like the way the game of politics is being played. Winning is everything and the biggest losers are Australians. Good policy and a genuine bipartisan search for what is best for the nation, in...

ir November 20, 2021


Morrison leads a can’t-do government in a won’t-do country

Is Scott Morrison’s latest slogan – “can-do capitalism” – simply an overarching abrogation of his responsibility to provide good government in our national interest? Essentially he wants to leave it to market forces, to the private sector, to meet...

law & crime November 20, 2021


Why all Australian states should have affirmative consent laws

In 2013, when I was 18 years old, I was sexually assaulted behind a nightclub in Sydney’s Kings Cross. The second trial of my case ended with an outcome that seems like it shouldn’t have been possible: the court acknowledged that I had not consented...

opinion November 13, 2021


The uneven justice of Australia’s defamation laws

This week it emerged that Andrew Laming used his staff to send out correspondence to the non-profit advocacy organisation Older Women’s Network NSW, warning them that a Facebook post they had shared from October was potentially defamatory. If they...

opinion November 13, 2021


Scott Morrison’s trust pitch

Seventeen days out from the 2007 election, the Reserve Bank raised interest rates. It was the final blow for John Howard’s re-election hopes – a time bomb he himself had set in the 2004 election campaign. And make no mistake, Scott Morrison set his...