Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Christian right

Mike Seccombe
As Australia becomes less religious, churches have insinuated themselves into politics and gained particular control over Tony Abbott.

Gadfly: Wry freedom

Richard Ackland
Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flys about the nation.

Senate inquiry into George Brandis’s arts funding plans

Steve Dow
An inquiry into arts funding is waiting in the wings, but most of the major players are ducking the spotlight.

Gadfly: A law student unto herself

Richard Ackland
Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flys about the nation.

Gadfly: Gina courts more drama

Richard Ackland
Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flys about the nation.

Gadfly: Staff play the waiting game

Richard Ackland
Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flys about the nation.

Human rights and all that’s wrong with the Magna Carta

Abbott’s war on Gillian Triggs

Martin McKenzie-Murray
The government is trying to ridicule the president of the Human Rights Commission out of office. But she won’t go.

Creative Victoria taskforce vows to consult widely

Steve Dow
In the wake of deep cuts to the Australia Council’s federal funding, the Victorian government has strengthened its peer-review system to ensure innovation and diversity in a broad range of artistic endeavours.

Brandis cripples legal aid funding

Mike Seccombe
Brandis's funding cuts and uncertainty in the legal aid sector are leaving the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in the community with nowhere to turn for protection.

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