Rachel Withers


329 ENTRIES Rachel Withers is the contributing editor of The Politics.


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The Politics

Making his Mark

The dropping of Bernard Collaery’s prosecution is one of the simplest yet most meaningful actions this government has taken

Image of former energy minister Angus Taylor, February 17, 2022. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Images

The Politics

Fools’ equivalence

The Coalition’s criticism of Albanese’s official travel is a sign of just how galling this Opposition is going to be

Image of former defence minister Linda Reynolds during Question Time in the Senate, June 17, 2021. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Images

The Politics

Women’s Lib(eral Party)

Linda Reynolds’ newfound enthusiasm for quotas ignores the many reasons women are turning away from her party

Image of Minister for Emergency Management Murray Watt in Brisbane, June 8, 2022. Image © Jono Searle / AAP Images

The Politics

In deep water

As climate-fuelled flooding hits Australia again, the Greens are being urged to fall into line on an insufficient 2030 target

Image of protest signs seen decorating Employment Minister Tony Burke’s office. Image via Twitter

The Politics

Taken to task

Health and welfare advocates have expressed outrage at Labor for leaving several Coalition decisions in place

Image of Health Minister Mark Butler during a press conference at Parliament House, June 22, 2022. Image © Lukas Coch / AAP Images

The Politics

Taking stock

From vaccines to carbon credits, the new government announces more reviews into the old one’s messes

Image of then NSW deputy premier John Barilaro and then treasurer Dominic Perrottet enjoy a Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2021. Image © Dean Lewins / AAP Images

The Politics

The tool of the trade

What made John Barilaro and the NSW Coalition think they could get away with such blatant nepotism?

Image of Fatima Payman, Labor senator for Western Australia, May 28, 2022. Image © Richard Wainwright / AAP Images

The Politics

Census and sensibility

Between the census data and orientation day for incoming MPs, this is clearly no longer Scott Morrison’s Australia, if it ever was

Image of Independent Member for Warringah Zali Steggall speaking in the House of Representatives, October 27, 2021. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Images

The Politics

Very cross bench

Labor appeals to fairness to justify a crossbench staffing decision that looks distinctly unfair

Image of Greens leader Adam Bandt addresses the Queensland Media Club in Brisbane, June 24, 2022. Image © Jono Searle / AAP Images

The Politics

The third cut is the deepest

Are the Greens actually doing Labor a favour by pressing it to drop the Stage Three tax cuts?

Image of Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe, May 14, 2021. Image © James Ross / AAP Images

The Politics

Voice control

Once again, conservatives are attempting to police who gets to have a say on Indigenous affairs

Image of AEMO chief executive Daniel Westerman (left) and Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen, June 22, 2022. Image © Dean Lewins / AAP Images

The Politics

Market reset

The energy market suspension will end tonight, but just how much of a political reset will this crisis prove to be?

Image of Nationals leader David Littleproud, Opposition Leader Peter Dutton and Deputy Liberal Party leader Sussan Ley during a shadow cabinet meeting in Perth, June 15, 2022. Image © Trevor Collens / AAP Images

The Politics

Slow on the uptake

The Coalition accuses Labor of a “go-slow”, but it’s the Coalition that is especially dunderheaded when it comes to climate and energy

Image of Greens leader Adam Bandt during the Greens NSW Senate campaign launch in Sydney, May 5, 2022. Image © Dean Lewins / AAP Images

The Politics

An upper house divided

With the Senate confirmed to have a left-leaning majority, can Labor and the Greens work together to achieve progressive outcomes?

Image of Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan after a national cabinet meeting in Canberra today. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Images

The Politics

Secret leaders’ business

National cabinet enters a new era of congeniality, but remains shrouded in secrecy