Rachel Withers


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


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The Politics

Boundless pains

Is now really the time for another migration scare campaign?

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The Politics

The farce estate

The Mark Dreyfus episode sums up everything that is wrong with our politics and our media

Lisa Chesters wipes tears from her eyes. Behind her, the empty seat of the late Peta Murphy is marked with a floral arrangement.

The Politics

A moment’s peace

Politicians briefly pause their ugly immigration war to pay tribute to Labor MP Peta Murphy

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The Politics

Selective outrage

The media needs to take a good hard look at itself, and the racist moral panic it has enabled

Liberals deputy leader Sussan Ley in Parliament House

The Politics

Mind like a teal trap

Sussan Ley is kidding herself if she thinks all is forgiven in the teal independent seats

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The Politics

Spin of omission

What is the point of a ministerial climate update that doesn’t mention our emissions are still rising?

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The Politics

Do the right thing

It is time for Labor to stop acting like LNP-lite on immigration detention

Anthony Albanese and Peter Dutton are seen seated opposite each other in Question Time. Albanese is smiling. Dutton has his back turned.

The Politics

Dirty deals damage democracy

There isn’t much time to stop a bipartisan deal that many believe would entrench the two-party system

Image of Anthony Albanese in the House of Representatives.

The Politics

Fortune favours the bold

As Labor’s fortunes “nosedive”, it is time for Anthony Albanese to step up

Image of James Paterson, seen from one side

The Politics

‘Australian values’

Visas for Palestinians appear to be sending Australia into another racist moral panic

Civil wrongs

The Politics

Civil wrongs

Australian civil liberties are under attack, and it is incumbent on all of us to pay attention

Anthony Albanese and Jim Chalmers in the House of Representatives, October 2023.

The Politics

Exit stage three

A report on generational spending power could not make it any more obvious that the Stage Three tax cuts need to be rethought

Peter Dutton speaks in the House of Representatives

The Politics

The rule of Dutton

The government fast-tracks alarming new laws, but the Coalition wants it to overturn the rule of law

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton

The Politics

Wreck and ruin

Peter Dutton is doing his darndest to tear our already fraying social fabric apart

Whistleblower David McBride arrives with support dog Jakey for the start of his trial outside the ACT Supreme Court

The Politics

The sniff test

Independents and whistleblowers are once again putting Labor to shame when it comes to transparency