Actress Cate Blanchett

Steve Dow
As a co-creator of the new ABC series Stateless, Cate Blanchett hopes to challenge Australian attitudes towards asylum seekers, particularly as the climate crisis threatens to displace many more people. “The rhetoric of protection and the language has separated Australians from their...

Climate wars return amid Coalition chaos

Doubts about tree-planting programs

Debra Jopson
Experts warn that the government’s tree-planting projects may have limited effectiveness as a climate strategy – particularly in the wake of this summer’s bushfires.

Labor changes message on coal

Karen Middleton
In an attempt to win back Queensland voters, Anthony Albanese expressed support for coal exports this week, confirming that Labor’s path back to government remains fraught.

Dogged by dollar dilemmas

Keating exposes China divide

Vicky Xiuzhong Xu
While the former prime minister dismisses hawkish fears, the reaction to his speech highlights the need for a coherent policy on Xi Jinping’s China.

Gadfly: Nationals’ treasures

Richard Ackland
Some people have been unkind enough to criticise former New Zealander, man of weatherboard and iron, drought envoy and one-time deputy prime minister the Honourable Barnaby Joyce, MP, after he claimed Green voters not only caused the catastrophic fires this week but also made the ultimate sacrifice...

A burning issue

The decline of political freedoms in Australia

Mike Seccombe
While the Australian government is quick to criticise other countries for restricting people’s freedoms, its treatment of whistleblowers and climate protesters reveals an alarming hypocrisy.

Bully mammoths

In America, they’re already apologising. A spokesperson for Fox News said comments broadcast by the network were “disgraceful”. Earlier, a guest had called Greta Thunberg a “mentally ill Swedish child who is being exploited by her parents and by the international left”. In Australia, it doesn’t...

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