Law & Crime August 13, 2022

Kieran Pender
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 …

Economy August 13, 2022

John Hewson
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 …

Economy August 6, 2022

John Hewson
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 global …

Indigenous Affairs August 6, 2022

Megan Davis
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 …

Health July 30, 2022

Raina MacIntyre
Hope, denial and Covid-19

This is the year of hope, denial and cognitive dissonance about the emergence of newer and more challenging variants of SARS-CoV-2 far outpacing vaccine development. Like saying your grandfather smoked all his life and lived to 100, thus smoking is fine, …

Health July 30, 2022

John Hewson
We are ignoring inequality in the land of the ‘fair-go’

Australians are, on average, the fourth-richest people in the world. Before we start celebrating our luck or cleverness, we should be sobered by The Smith Family’s statement in its most disturbing TV advertising, that one in six of our children and …

Health July 23, 2022

John Hewson
Why is the government ignoring expert advice on Covid?

There is an old joke about the global search for a one-armed economist, because when asked for an opinion the answer is often, “on the one hand … and then on the other”. It is also said that if you laid all the economists in the world end to end, …

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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 …

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 number …

Indigenous Affairs July 30, 2022

Putting a statement into action

More than any other figure in our democracy, a prime minister can influence the direction of the nation. Anthony Albanese knows it, and he is not allowing the most difficult economic and strategic circumstance in more than three decades to deter him from …


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.

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.

Editorial July 30, 2022

The botfly egg

When Bill Shorten intervened to end a pilot program using inclusive language on hospital forms, he was reacting to an anxiety confected by The Daily Telegraph. Perhaps giving in to Rupert Murdoch makes him feel as though he got to be prime minister after all.


Gadfly August 14, 2021

IPCC you

It seems there’s very little that humanity cannot achieve when we put our mind to it. In the past 100 years we’ve landed on the moon, created a global information superhighway, and crossbred poodles with every animal we could get our hands on. Our greatest achievement yet, however, may be the dedication we have shown to destroying our planet.

Gadfly August 7, 2021

Sky sees limits

It’s remarkably hard to get banned from YouTube. The platform hosts more than 500 hours of fresh videos a minute. That’s more content than even the most dedicated teenager in Sydney fighting lockdown boredom can watch in a lifetime. Almost all of that video – 720,000 hours’ worth a day – is of children unboxing toys or biting each other. The remainder is video of Alan Jones being sceptical about vaccines on Sky News.

Gadfly July 31, 2021

One out of the Boxall

We in Australia love gold more than a Saudi prince’s interior decorator. We’re the gold standard in botched vaccine rollouts and the gold standard in failing to suppress the Delta variant. Fortunately, we’re also the gold standard in women’s swimming at the Olympics, and the gold standard in enthusiastic coaches humping barrier walls. 


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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 …

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 …

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 epidemiological …