editorial November 18, 2017
There is one thing we now know, tested at great expense and through a process of significant trauma: Australia is better than its politics. The silent majority is a lie. Tony Abbott is a lie. So are Kevin Andrews and Eric Abetz and Cory Bernardi. Lyle Shelton is a lie. The Daily Telegraph is a lie.
editorial November 11, 2017
The crisis on Manus Island is not about drownings at sea. It is about Pauline Hanson and the margin by which Peter Dutton holds the seat of Dickson. It is about the 1505 people who represent Dutton’s tenuous grip on power. Dutton cannot allow the situation on Manus to be resolved, because to do so would be to undermine the crude image of authority he derives from it.
editorial October 28, 2017
Noel Pearson says, “Malcolm Turnbull has broken the First Nations’ hearts of this country, expressed in the Uluru Statement from the Heart”. He calls the cabinet’s rejection of the proposal for an Indigenous voice, “dog whistling about third chambers of parliament”. He calls it a “hoary line”.
editorial October 20, 2017
The relationship is about a curious orthodoxy regarding casinos. Politics behaves as if it needs them. It has no appetite for regulation. It has refused decades of advocacy for reform. That is why licences are given with extraordinary concessions, why planning laws are modified or public lands leased for dollar coins. It is why you can smoke in gaming rooms.
editorial October 14, 2017
The government’s response is that it doesn’t care. It will not suspend its flawed system of debt collection. It defends its actions in inaccurately and inappropriately raising thousands of debts against Australians. It feels no contrition or need to apologise.
editorial September 16, 2017
“Hitler had concentration camps for these gay people – one of the two good things he did,” the caller said. “The other one was build the autobahn.” There is no real point to the postal survey on marriage equality except this: it licences hate speech and gives platform to views that are otherwise so despicable as to be absent from public debate.