editorial October 16, 2021

Moral capacity

The number on its own is terrible enough: in the past seven weeks, 100,000 Afghans have sought asylum from Australia.

opinion October 16, 2021

Can Labor win the election?

This time next year Australia will be well into the Albanese government’s first term or the Morrison government’s third. If you had to bet your house on it now, which would you predict? The atmosphere is eerily reminiscent of the run-up to the...

opinion October 16, 2021

Mission zero, credibility less

The dramatic shifts in the politics of climate change have finally caught out Scott Morrison. It’s a reckoning that’s been coming since the catastrophic Black Summer bushfires. That disaster came nine months after an election campaign in which the...

opinion October 16, 2021

Selling off the dead

The separation of church and state has always been a foundational element of our political system. The constitution of Australia prevents the Commonwealth from establishing any religion or requiring a religious test for any office. This section of...

letters October 16, 2021

Coalition’s lack of fiscal discipline

Good to read Rick Morton’s analysis of the hollowing out of the public service by this government (“ How private management consultants took over the public service ”, October 9-15). How much money has it wasted on consultants? Not to mention other...

opinion October 9, 2021

When ineptitude goes nuclear

The decision by the Morrison government to get nuclear-powered submarines rather than conventionally powered ones is correct. But like so many other decisions of the past 10 years, it has been carried out with a stunning ineptness and in a way that...

editorial October 9, 2021

Last resort

The Nationals have always been a party of opportunists. Now they are a party of last resort. That is how Resources Minister Keith Pitt envisages the slush fund he wants in exchange for agreeing to a net-zero target.

opinion October 9, 2021

Morrison can’t afford to ignore China’s economic woes

A British colleague of mine has drawn my attention to the folklore of sharemarkets, where October has always been considered a dangerous month. This year it may prove to be the case, due to a dangerous mix of short- and long-term factors that could...

letters October 9, 2021

Cloudy with a chance of landslides

It seems there’s some uncertainty in the White House about Australia’s political leadership on climate change (Mike Seccombe, “ Biden adviser: ‘I don’t know whether Angus Taylor is an ideologue or an idiot’  ”, October 2-8). First Nancy Pelosi...

opinion October 9, 2021

Who’s afraid of a federal ICAC?

The sudden resignation last Friday of New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian, following the announcement she was under investigation by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption, was bad news for Scott Morrison. It wasn’t just that he...

opinion October 2, 2021

Impact statement. 2021. DPP. Draft 3.

Content warning: This piece contains descriptions of the impact of sexual assault. To understand the impact these assaults have had on my life, you have to go back to who I was and who I was becoming before they happened. I was a smart kid:...