politics

law & crime August 28, 2021

Remembering my lost friend Kate

It was a Saturday when I found out Kate was gone. I was about to pick up the phone to call her, because I had not heard from her during the week. Chelsey had texted to tell me we needed to talk. The first half of the conversation was a blur. Earlier...

indigenous affairs August 28, 2021

The politics of the greater good

It’s taken a long time but the concept of the “greater good” – the sense of a shared destiny, of shared interests, collective purpose, a common future – is finally returning to our politics. Largely this is the result of the need to build community...

health August 28, 2021

Will Morrison push for a November election?

The fictional Stone Age family of largely unremembered animated children’s film The Croods is the prime minister’s latest inspiration for a nation exhausted by lockdowns and living in fear of the Delta strain of Covid-19. Scott Morrison tried out...

health August 21, 2021

Always late to the rescue

The prime minister’s people went ballistic – much to the bemusement of the Queensland premier’s officials, who were involved in the planning of a special-purpose quarantine facility in Brisbane. The trigger for the shouted conversations down the...

immigration August 21, 2021

Scott Morrison is stuck

Scott Morrison has an answer for everything and a solution for nothing. Like the neoliberalism of which his party was once so proud, he is all promise and no delivery. His press conferences have long been a masterclass in dictating the terms of...

economy August 21, 2021

The case for welfare reform

In recent weeks our governments have had a strong desire, in response to considerable political pressure, to be able to offer effective income support arrangements to compensate for the impact on workers of various health policy initiatives, such as...

environment August 14, 2021

The four stages of Sky News

Before the past couple of years, most Australians were either unaware of Sky News or considered it a bit of a joke. The consensus was that nobody watched it, and the people who did were out on the fringe. Anyone who maintains this today is simply...

politics August 14, 2021

The madness of KingGee George

Scott Morrison is daring to dream. By Christmas, he wishes, the nightmare of 2021 will be substantially over and Australians will be able to confidently embrace the future with a wonderfully restored economy, living safe, vaccinated lives in a...

economy August 7, 2021

The true story of Morrison’s tax cuts for the rich

Last week we learnt that regardless of which major party wins the federal election, tax cuts of $180 a week are locked in for the top 5 per cent of taxpayers. Following that revelation, it was rumoured that Labor would pay for the tax cuts by...

health August 7, 2021

Morrison plays the other race card

The setting for the government parties room meeting back in Canberra after the winter break was depressing. It wasn’t hard to see it as a metaphor for the deep hole in which the Morrison government finds itself. Held in the cavernous, almost empty...

health July 24, 2021

Delta variant’s political toll

There is an increasing likelihood that the Delta strain of the Covid-19 virus has dealt a fatal blow to the prospects of the Morrison government retaining office at the next election, whenever it is held. The prime minister has spent the week holed...