The Lambie interview: inside her power play

Margaret Simons
With her crucial vote, Senator Jacqui Lambie wields untold influence over Scott Morrison’s government. How does she plan to use this power?

Tyranny and free speech

Australia’s human rights disgraces

Mike Seccombe
After leaving her post as president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs is as forthright as ever in describing the country’s slide backwards in its social policies and treatment of the vulnerable.

Hardline Christian hoping to replace Triggs

Mike Seccombe
Meet the Pentecostal lawyer West Australian Liberals want to replace Gillian Triggs as president of the Human Rights Commission.

Blunting democracy

Gadfly: Klein energy counsel

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

The new debate over section 18C and free speech

Karen Middleton
The door has reopened on changes to section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, with Malcolm Turnbull announcing a review of the legislation.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tries to shift focus

Malcolm Turnbull’s intemperate attack on Gillian Triggs is a sure indication of the heat the PM is feeling from his hard-right flank. That he panders to it in such a ham-fisted way has many on his own side despairing.

The Coalition attacks on statutory authorities

Mike Seccombe
Senate committee attacks on statutory officers reveal a government prepared to undermine independent institutions and hound advisers out of office when their counsel is politically unwelcome.

Triggs warring

The Saturday Paper accepts Gillian Triggs' retraction. It is an appalling shame that the mistake has overshadowed her work.