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Opinion December 7, 2019

Josh Bornstein
Underpaid workers and wage theft

The recent mea culpa by Woolworths of a decade-long underpayment of thousands of its employees came as an embarrassment to the workplace regulator, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO). The record-breaking underpayment of $300 million to some 5700 employees …

Opinion November 30, 2019

Jana Favero
The importance of medevac

It’s hard to believe, but here we are again. The dying days of parliament for 2019 and we’re back in Canberra fighting for medical care for refugees. This time last year we were here too, lobbying to get the last remaining kids off Nauru, …

Opinion November 23, 2019

Jeff Sparrow
Under fire from the new fascism

“Little fucking kikes,” screams alt-right leader Richard Spencer, in audio recorded immediately after the murder of anti-fascist protester Heather Heyer. “They get ruled by people like me. Little fucking octaroons. My ancestors fucking …

Opinion November 16, 2019

Russell Marks
George Pell’s appeal to the High Court

The High Court’s decision to hear George Pell’s appeal against his conviction for five counts of sexually assaulting choirboys was met with dismay by survivors of clergy abuse and their advocates. But lawyers had expected the court would grant …

Opinion November 9, 2019

Anthony Kelly
Brutality checks on activists

For those who have watched the evolution of public-order policing in Victoria over recent years, the sort of police violence we saw at the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) protests in Melbourne would’ve come as no real surprise. Over …

Opinion November 16, 2019

Marly Wells Naparngardi, Harry Jakamarra Nelson, Valerie Napaljarri Martin, Ned Jampijinpa Hargraves
The killing of Kumanjayi Walker

Marly Wells Naparngardi, Warlpiri woman: When I first heard what had happened, I immediately felt outraged, and betrayed, but most of all, I felt sad. We came on Sunday morning to stand together in our grief and were presented with …

Opinion October 26, 2019

Rosie Batty
Keeping children safe in the family law system

When I heard there was going to be another family law inquiry, I couldn’t believe it. After so much loss, so many hearings and so many experts warning, again and again, that the family law system is not safe for children. Instead of urgent action, …

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Opinion December 7, 2019

Playing hide and seek on medevac deal

Scott Morrison ended the parliamentary year with a win he so desperately needed. Gone in a cloud of bluff and bravado is the compassionate medevac law that gave doctors the major role in transferring sick refugees to Australia for treatment. The victory …

Opinion November 30, 2019

Taylor twist as Morrison phones a ‘friend’

Scott Morrison’s handling of the police investigation into Energy Minister Angus Taylor this week brazenly flouted conventions of propriety and integrity. The prime minister actually phoned the New South Wales police commissioner, Mick Fuller, and …

Opinion November 2, 2019

The Coalition’s surplus focus

Who else but that old master of political imagery Paul Keating could sum it all up so colourfully? The Australian economy is stagnant, and he says the Morrison government can’t do anything about it because the Liberal Party has a “surplus …

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Opinion December 7, 2019

Missing in action

The prime minister speaks of taking action. “Practical, meaningful action.” To buoy our economy, protect our land, lower emissions and create new jobs. On Thursday, as parliament hurtled to a close for the year, he took action – moving ruthlessly to push his union-busting bill through the house of representatives once more, undeterred by last week’s shock defeat in the senate.

Opinion November 30, 2019

In a Taylor spin

The boys in the photo are still wearing their tuxedo jackets as they dive, arms tangled together, through the bonfire, and crash to the ground, unsinged. Others strip to their underwear to make the leap. One, perhaps not so lucky, is doused with a fire extinguisher by his peers. In the background, their boat is engulfed in flames, embers streaking the black night.

Opinion November 23, 2019

Murdoch manifesto

“There are no climate change deniers around here,” says Rupert Murdoch. “I can assure you.” Except at The Australian: “Yes we have an early fire season, because we are in a drought, a bad drought, in some areas it is the worst since the Federation drought. There’s your clue, we had as bad or worse in the 1890s and 1900s.”

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Opinion December 7, 2019

Smoking out a reality check

Citizens of Sydney and nearby parts wake each morning to the smell of their environment going up in smoke. Trees, leaves, animals, fences and homes are ablaze. The sky is a sinister colour, the rivers are empty, the air is dangerous, the oceans are filled with junk, islands are disappearing, the Earth is on its knees and the price of bread has gone up.

Opinion November 30, 2019

Rhodes to perdition

By now the gatekeepers at the entrance to the Rhodes Scholarship must be rewriting the requirements. What a collection of political mugs they have delivered us in recent years: The Mad Monk, Malcolm Trumble and Grassgate Gussy Taylor. All Rhodes, and all terrible at their politics. Old Cecil must be turning in his plot.

Opinion November 23, 2019

Piers-reviewed climate science

Bushfire and reproductive rights expert Barnaby Joyce, MP, may be onto something with his idea that the sun’s magnetic field is the devil behind the terrible conflagrations sweeping the nation. Citizens who labour under the belief that CO2 is the cause of our problems have clearly not read up on solar magnetic theory. One of the principal proponents of this theory is an Englishman named Piers Corbyn. Yes, the older brother of British election hopeful Jeremy Corbyn.

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Opinion December 7, 2019

Time to work together

Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu challenges a regressive colonial mindset (Rick Morton, “Bolt, Pascoe and the culture wars”, November 30–December 6) in fundamental ways. His thorough research highlights the shallow mythology of …

Opinion November 30, 2019

The challenge of China

I feel sad and worried to see Australia’s stance towards China reduced to a struggle between fear and greed, as described in Vicky Xiuzhong Xu’s article, “Keating exposes China divide” (November 23-29). I was brought up to like …

Opinion November 23, 2019

The hot topic

I find it tragic and shameful that it has taken the loss of lives, property and thousands of square kilometres of forests, including irreplaceable rainforest ecosystems, to make our political leaders realise that climate change is a real and present danger …