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By Mungo MacCallum
Reflecting on the failures of Australian politics and media
By Michaela McGuire
Macmillan Australia; $32.99
By Richard Cooke
Paul Kelly and Kevin Rudd laughing together at the launch of The March of Patriots in 2009
Contesting Paul Kelly’s ‘Triumph and Demise’
By Robert Manne
Asylum seekers and freedom of speech
By André Dao
“You understand that your life is in our hands. Your death is also in our hands because we won’t let you die.” Those words, as recalled by an ex-detainee, were spoken by a Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs official to hunger-striking asylum seekers at Curtin Detention Centre in 2001.
Portrait of Tony Abbott by Neil Moore
The brief life and quiet death of Tony Abbott’s love of liberty
By David Marr
Palmer to the left, Palmer to the right
By J.R. Hennessy
So Clive Palmer has lost the Left. There was a brief, shining moment – amongst his Medicare defences and heroic activism for free education – that Australian progressives reluctantly embraced a billionaire mining plutocrat, revelling in his open hostility toward the Coalition. But then came his appearance on Q&A,
By Stephen Mills
Election night, September 2013: Before a whooping crowd in the ballroom of Sydney’s Four Seasons Hotel, the prime minister-elect claimed victory for the Coalition parties. Thanking those who had contributed to the victory, Tony Abbott singled out for special praise the Liberal Party’s federal director, Brian
Talking about the narcissistic national daily only encourages it
By Margaret Simons
How the Liberal Party has exiled its last reasonable man
By Amanda Lohrey
NewSouth; $49.99
By Rhys Muldoon
Black Inc.; $29.99
By Peter Christoff
Bill Shorten and Tony Abbott at the opening of parliament, November 2013. © Gary Ramage / Newspix  
The distance between us and our rulers is getting bigger
By Richard Cooke
The Palmer United Party are anti-politics wildcards in Parliament
By Amanda Lohrey
Illustration by Neil Moore.
What is the cost of propping up Tony Abbott's favourite minority?
By Rachel Nolan
The ALP, the Libs, the Greens, the split
By Amanda Lohrey
Adam Bandt at his election-night party, 7 September 2013. © Paul Jeffers / Fairfax
Government or activism?
By Guy Rundle
Rewriting the Gillard years
By Richard Cooke

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