Rachel Withers


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


Composite image of NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and Prime Minister Scott Morrison (images via ABC News)

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Border farce

So much for the national plan

Image of Nationals deputy leader David Littleproud, leader Barnaby Joyce and leader in the Senate Bridget McKenzie, June 21, 2021. Image © Lukas Coch / AAP Image

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Fear and showboating

The Nationals are worried about a net-zero backlash of their own making

Composite image of Nationals Senate leader Bridget McKenzie (via ABC News) and News Corp presenter Andrew Bolt (via Sky News)

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The little guys

A vocal minority that has for so long controlled the climate debate is now painting itself as marginalised

Image of federal Labor MP Anthony Byrne, July 30, 2019. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Image

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A tale of two commissions

Support for anti-corruption initiatives shouldn’t rest on which side of politics is under investigation

Composite image showing today’s front pages of The Courier Mail and the Herald Sun, both promoting net-zero emissions

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Come together

News Corp gets on the net-zero bandwagon

Image of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. Image via Twitter

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A coward’s crackdown

What is driving the Coalition’s sudden interest in reining in misinformation?

Image of Resources Minister Keith Pitt and Nationals Senator Matt Canavan, June 22, 2021. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Image

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Shakedown politics

Extremist Nationals are making outrageous demands over net-zero emissions targets – it’s time to stop negotiating with them

Oversight, out of mind

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Oversight, out of mind

From JobKeeper to corruption, the Coalition abhors scrutiny

Image of Dominic Perrottet, who has been sworn in as the 46th premier of New South Wales. Image via ABC News

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The party faithful

How much emphasis should we place on the new NSW premier’s faith?

Composite image of Gladys Berejiklian (via ABC News) and John Barilaro (via ABC News)

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The worst possible timing?

NSW looks for new leaders at a critical point in the transition from lockdown

Image of AFR Magazine cover, Oct 1, 2021, altered by The Monthly (via Twitter).

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The woman who couldn’t save herself

Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation points to the urgent need for a federal ICAC

Combined image of federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (image via Twitter) and NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet (image via Sky News)

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Going it alone

NSW understands the need to keep supporting businesses – why doesn’t the federal government?

Image of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Sunrise this morning. Image via Twitter

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Never learn

The federal government’s move to prematurely withdraw income support is another disaster waiting to happen

Image of a satirical billboard reading “Australia: net zero by 2300!”. Image via the Truthful Billboard Project

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Three billboards outside Glasgow, Scotland

Morrison will be shamed whether he goes to the Glasgow climate conference or not

Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison

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A plan to have a plan

Morrison foreshadows a “clean energy” roadmap, but will this really make a difference in the divided Nationals party room?