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indigenous affairs January 22, 2022

The forever war

It’s January already. Here I am, writing yet another opinion piece about the 26th day of this month, the day on which the nation celebrates the invasion and genocide imposed on my people and my sacred Noongar Country and all other Aboriginal people...

politics January 22, 2022

Morrison’s ‘too-hard’ basket just keeps getting bigger

At the start of a new year, especially after such a tumultuous year as 2021, and in what will be an election year, it seems reasonable to take a look in the “too-hard basket” to see what policy issues were missed, or deliberately ignored, or simply...

politics January 22, 2022

On a wing nut and a prayer

Wishful thinking and an incompetent handling of the pandemic over the summer have shattered the chances of Scott Morrison pulling off another improbable election win. What I would call the “Ellis factor” may yet save him, but it is a long shot. By...

health January 15, 2022

The prime minister says: Let them eat Covid

The Morrison government’s “let them eat cake” approach to running Australia took a hit this week when Liberal treasurer Josh Frydenberg tested positive to Covid-19. Frydenberg’s Twitter presence dimmed. Missives paused from the man many see as the...

small business January 15, 2022

How Scott Morrison is failing small business

There will not be a sustained economic recovery without a recovery of small businesses, and at this point they are on their knees. They are an essential element of the fabric of Australia and employ millions of Australians. They are the most...

health January 15, 2022


Why Covid-19 will never become endemic

For most of the pandemic Australia has worked to contain the virus through evidence-based public health measures such as border closures, case finding, contact tracing, quarantine, social distancing, vaccines and, at times, lockdown. Sadly, the...

immigration January 8, 2022


‘I grew up in this cage’: Life inside the Park Hotel

The darkest months in detention are always December and January. In these months, from the windows of our rooms at the Park Hotel, we see people celebrating with their loved ones another year that we’re away from ours. This past Christmas and new...

health January 8, 2022


Morrison and Perrottet’s laissez-faire pact

If you think a day is a long time in politics, try a week. This one started with Scott Morrison showing off his massive barramundi. It finished with Australia’s uncontrolled Omicron outbreak likely finishing off his government’s chance of re-...

health January 8, 2022


How Scott Morrison failed on RATs

I was staggered to be informed some years ago of a significant Liberal Party dinner held in the run-up to a state election, which offered an opportunity for business and community leaders to meet with and cross-examine the premier-aspirant on major...

ir December 18, 2021


Unpacking China

This week Scott Morrison was given a lesson in the sort of diplomacy needed to deal with China, the bully that also happens to be our biggest trading partner. It was a jarring reminder, on the cusp of an election year, that the almost decade-old...

politics December 18, 2021


A rat with a gold tooth

One of the most demeaning features of the so-called theatre of our parliament is the government’s use of the Dorothy Dix question as a platform by which to attack and ridicule the opposition. The basic strategy is to attempt to set and control the...