immigration   December 9, 2023

‘It’s pathetic’: outgoing security watchdog slams detention laws

The former national security monitor warns the government’s preventive detention laws would be ‘shocking’ in other parts of the world.

politics   December 9, 2023

Centrelink lashed over robodebt-style accounting

The unlawful use of robodebt-style income averaging to calculate welfare debts has been going on for decades and may require large-scale waivers, says the ombudsman in a scathing summary of Centrelink’s handling.

resources   December 9, 2023

The bill that could stop fracking at Beetaloo Basin

A concession to the Greens over the Nature Repair bill has handed the environment minister a means to obstruct the Beetaloo Basin fracking project – the question now is whether she will use it.

law & crime   December 9, 2023

Jailed activist remains committed to the cause

The first environmental activist to be jailed in Tasmania in 12 years speaks up about her unbroken commitment to nonviolent direct action, despite the harsher penalties now faced by protesters around the country.

immigration   December 2, 2023

Rushed citizenship laws ask judges to define ‘Australian values’

New citizenship laws being rushed through parliament will require judges to define ‘Australian values’ and ask them to impose what critics call a ‘civil death penalty’.

law & crime   November 18, 2023

A serious flaw in the robodebt response

The attorney-general has ignored a ‘lynchpin’ recommendation of the robodebt royal commission, claiming it is not a recommendation at all.

international relations   November 4, 2023

What awaits Albanese in China

The prime minister’s visit to China is hoped to repair broken trade and economic ties but he must walk a fine line on humanitarian and security issues.

international relations   October 28, 2023

Labor’s re-engagement with China

Preparations are under way in China for Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s visit, but optimism for a restoration of ties is clouded by concerns about Australia’s policy alignment with the US.

indigenous affairs   October 21, 2023

The key failures of the ‘Yes’ campaign

With the Voice referendum ending in a ‘No’ vote, does its failure lie in a divided country or with the overestimation of a prime minister who loves to note he has been underestimated?

law & crime   October 21, 2023

Exclusive: Private companies halting welfare payments

A feature in the welfare system is allowing private businesses to suspend hundreds of thousands of welfare payments.

indigenous affairs   October 14, 2023

Nothing has won

A decade of work for supporters of the Indigenous Voice to Parliament was struck down barely an hour after polls closed in the east of the country.