How the religious right stall climate action

Mike Seccombe
While most religious leaders accept climate change, the Christian right in Australia and the US make scepticism a tenet of their politics.

Why Tony Abbott can’t be ignored

Gadfly: A hardman's tale

Richard Ackland
The television spinoff of Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale is an allegory of life under a type of Abbott-Abetz-Andrews-Bernardi-Shelton totalitarian Christian theonomic regime, run by cold-hearted biblical nutters who have women enslaved and minorities cast into vats of bubbling oil.

How the church is splitting the Liberal Party

Mike Seccombe
Just as BA Santamaria’s forces once split the Labor Party, hardline Catholics are again threatening to divide politics – this time on the conservative side.

Gadfly: Born to be resiled

Richard Ackland
Here we were thinking that sovereignty was so yesterday. How wrong we were. Senators are falling like tenpins because their mothers fetched up on the wrong piece of soil. The birther movement has now got a real leg-up as ancient lawyers analyse the location of maternity wards from which MPs and...

The Liberals' fight for Menzies' legacy

Planning for Tony Abbott’s exit

Karen Middleton
As Tony Abbott campaigns to reform Liberal preselection in NSW, it has emerged his own branch hired a headhunter to find his replacement.

The people defending Cardinal George Pell

Martin McKenzie-Murray
The criminal charges brought against George Pell have seen his defenders come to the fore.

Force of Abbott

Tony Abbott never understood he was living in a contemporary society; he governed for a world that no longer existed, for a fantasy of the past. His leadership was always illusory. His default has always been treachery. That one man could do so much damage is testament to his corrosive gift for...