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letters August 13, 2022

Ten witnesses

Bravo to Karen Middleton and her front page article on the secret trial of Witness J ( “ ‘Damaging to democracy’: The secret trial of Witness J” , August 6-12). Karen Middleton, as a journalist, has done us a great public service. All the more...

law & crime August 13, 2022

Australia’s frayed anti-discrimination laws

In early May, the High Court delivered a judgement that further undermines the fragile patchwork quilt of anti-discrimination law in Australia. You might have missed it – Citta Hobart v Cawthorn received little attention with all eyes on the federal...

ir August 13, 2022

Diplomatic, systematic, emblematic: Dutton’s ceased enlightening

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton is putting extreme strain on Australia’s bipartisan foreign policy when it comes to dealing with our biggest trading partner, China. He continues to speak very loudly while Australia is carrying a stick he admits isn’t...

economy August 13, 2022

Keeping politics above board

Our society is losing sight of the significance and requirements of “good governance”. Governance refers to the system by which our key organisations are managed, most importantly elected governments and corporations. It clearly identifies who are...

editorial August 13, 2022

Domain of the charlatan

It is fitting that Pauline Hanson has ended up a domain squatter. She never saw Black property she didn’t think worth taking. In recent weeks, her party has bought up a string of domain names that could be mistaken for those associated with the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

letters August 6, 2022

Joyous and long overdue

The proposed wording of an amendment to embed an Indigenous Voice to Parliament in Australia’s constitution is unexceptionable (Karen Middleton, “A hand outstretched” , July 30–August 5). It is a simple and polite response to the goodwill offered by...

economy August 6, 2022

Budget reality bites

I have been analysing and forecasting economies since joining the International Monetary Fund in the late 1960s, and I can say it is much more difficult now than at any time since then to predict how the world and our economy will evolve. Multiple...

indigenous affairs August 6, 2022

What happens next for the Voice?

Curiosity and impatience for referendum detail is unsurprising. This is the second decade of the constitutional recognition journey in Australia, and it is Australia’s first referendum since 1999. It is worth pointing out, however, that much of the...

editorial August 6, 2022

Grifters all the way down

The kindest thing that could be said about Matthew Guy is that he looks like a cartoon shrimp. It is not just the spinelessness and the bottom feeding: there is also the perpetual sense of him being pulled up in a net.

politics August 6, 2022

The Peter Dutton schtick

It still hasn’t dawned on the Liberal and National parties why they suffered such a stunning defeat at the May election. Maybe Labor’s slender majority masks the rejection of the Liberals in their heartland seats, which resulted in a near-record...

letters July 30, 2022

Language clarity

During the Delta outbreak Australians responded quite well: masking up, working from home, social distancing, being locked down and adhering to border controls. Governance of the problem was a daily lecture from premiers, chief medical officers and...