Gadfly: Leading from behind

Richard Ackland
Let’s try to keep a sense of proportion about the recent performances of a few of our most adorable contenders. First, The Mad Monk, sportsman and all-round fitness freak, who is raring to have another crack at winning Warringah for the Nasty Party, was in the Palm Beach to Whale Beach 2.8-...

A trip down memory pain

Abbott’s tour of himself

Amid the chaos that was parliament’s final sitting day for the year, Tony Abbott got to his feet and cleared his throat. “Back when prime minister,” he said, introducing himself with a descriptor as unnecessary as it was telling of what was to come, “I used to observe that to live in Australia is...

Running against Tony Abbott in Warringah

Aunty maimed

The chaos at the ABC this week is not simply one of personalities. It is the result of five years of concerted interference by government, of public criticism and censure. Perhaps the Coalition did not direct former chairman Justin Milne to “shoot” ABC political editor Andrew Probyn or “get rid of...

Abbott's envoy appointment derisory

Leaks undermine Scott Morrison’s image

How the Murdoch press ran Turnbull from his office

Mike Seccombe
In among the collapse of the Turnbull government was a final gasp of influence from the right-wing press.

Scott Morrison and the ‘strongman’ capitulations

Aftershocks of Morrison's victory

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