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Strange alliances Not-so-friendly fire from traditional allies is wreaking havoc on Campbell Newman’s campaign Mark Bahnisch
Friday, 23rd January 2015
On a hot summer afternoon in February 2012, just before the Queensland state election that saw erstwhile Labor leader Anna Bligh’s worst nightmares realised,...
 
 
No future The bleak choices facing Manus Island demonstrators Mungo MacCallum
Thursday, 22nd January 2015
The immediate blockades on Manus Island have been lifted, but sporadic demonstrations and hunger strikes continue. ...
 
 
Speaking out What the current rise in whistleblower activity says about our democratic process Bec Zajac
Wednesday, 21st January 2015
Karen Wells never thought she would be a whistleblower. She had spent 11 years working in the prison industry and two years at the Woomera and Curtin...
 
 
Inglorious bastards Tony Abbott determined not to repeat Gough Whitlam’s mistakes in Queensland Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 19th January 2015
Tony Abbott did not make it to Campbell Newman’s big launch last Sunday. He was, explained his harassed deputy, Warren Truss, on holiday. ...
 
 
Deeper water Charlie Hebdo, free speech, multiculturalism and 18C Russell Marks
Friday, 16th January 2015
The liberal position on freedom of expression is equivalent to the liberal position on most things: to the extent that it does not cause harm, people should...
 
 
A bitter pill The government alienates doctors and patients over $20 GP fee Russell Marks
Thursday, 15th January 2015
On 9 December last year, Prime Minister Tony Abbott at long last dropped his government’s plan to impose a $7 “co-payment” on patients visiting GPs...
 
 
Shadowboxing Week one of the Queensland state election Mark Bahnisch
Wednesday, 14th January 2015
The Queensland election campaign has started in earnest, but perhaps the only thrill so far has been the rumour that the premier went early to avoid a spill....
 
 
Native born Archie Roach at the Sydney Festival 2015 Anwen Crawford
Wednesday, 14th January 2015
Archie Roach ...
 
 
Gone with the wind Tim Hecker and Ben Frost at Sydney Festival 2015 Anwen Crawford
Wednesday, 14th January 2015
Tim Hecker and Ben Frost ...
 
 
The best medicine Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 12th January 2015
Inevitably, in the wake of the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, the argument has turned to the line between satire and offence. But, in fact, this is a false...
 
 

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