politics

media June 25, 2022

What Murdoch does to new governments

As Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s new ministers settle in to their portfolios, efforts are already under way by the Murdoch media to undermine the government. Take, for example, their complete beat-up about Tanya Plibersek being “sidelined”...

politics June 25, 2022

Heavy crossbench to bear

Thirty-four is the number and it has turned federal parliamentary politics on its head. After an agonising month of counting and distributing preferences for both houses of the parliament, the Australian Electoral Commission has tabulated the...

politics June 25, 2022

The Peter Dutton principle

While it is still early days, it is becoming clear that the Coalition and their media sycophants didn’t believe they would lose the election. They seem unprepared to move on. Beyond the immediate disappointment – both individually, for those who...

politics June 18, 2022

A matter of integrity commission

In December 2018, 34 former judges wrote a letter to the prime minister expressing their support for the establishment of a national integrity commission with the power to hold public hearings. Apparently, it was not Scott Morrison’s “job” to take...

environment June 18, 2022

Why nuclear energy won’t work in Australia

There is something almost comical about the Liberals and Nationals throwing the forlorn spectre of nuclear power back into national energy debates, right after their loss in the 2022 “climate election”. The incoming Energy minister, Chris Bowen,...

economy June 18, 2022

The week the energy crisis hit home

This week, the need for the new Albanese government to fix the mess it has inherited became personal for millions of Australians at the mercy of a failed energy market . The threat of blackouts and of freezing in their homes in the middle of one of...

immigration June 11, 2022

Defending the dignity of refugees

It’s like this. I speak to a friend who went through the hard times of Nauru. He is a refugee. For several years he has been in Australia. He can work but he has few other rights. He does not have a permanent visa. He does not know what will happen...

politics June 11, 2022

Albanese finds his balance on a bamboo bike

Visual stunts – or picture opportunities, as they are called in the trade – are nothing new in contemporary politics. Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo is just as addicted as any of the practitioners. On Tuesday, he provided the visual metaphor of a...

economy June 11, 2022

Never let a good gas crisis go to waste

Can you imagine our governments encouraging our food producers to export all their product even if it meant Australians would go hungry? Our local butcher tells us it’s a very real consequence of live animal exports, that reducing the availability...

politics June 4, 2022

That feeling you have is called ‘moral injury’

On the Monday following the 2019 federal election, I spoke at a conference in Melbourne where hundreds of people gathered, all of whom had a passion for a more just society. The atmosphere was funereal. A pall of hopelessness covered the assembly,...

politics June 4, 2022

Ghosts of prime ministers past

“We have just pissed up against the wall another two terms in government.” That was the angry response of a senior minister in the Rudd Labor government the day after Julia Gillard mounted her palace coup in 2010. Three months later, Gillard did...