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Image of Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews at a press conference in February. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Images

The Politics

Nine years too long

The government’s nine-year wait to accept New Zealand’s offer of refugee resettlement is yet another stain on Australia’s soul

Image of Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese in Brisbane last week. Image © Darren England / AAP Images

The Politics

Go for woke

Why is Albanese so damn keen to distance himself from social justice issues?

Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Perth last week. Image © Richard Wainwright / AAP Images

The Politics

Wilful ignorance

The Coalition dismisses climate warnings as “politicisation” and “chattering” – even when they’re coming from the polls

Paying respect?

The Politics

Paying respect?

Mourners paid their respects today, but very little respect has been paid to Kimberley Kitching’s memory – especially by those claiming to defend it

Image of Labor senator Kimberley Kitching, who died from a suspected heart attack, aged 52, last week. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Images

The Politics

Politics, as usual

Internal political battles did not kill Kimberley Kitching, and there’s something deeply grotesque about suggesting that they did

Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a press conference in Perth today. Image © Richard Wainwright / AAP Images

The Politics

Go west, marketing man

The PM’s focus on campaigning over governing has reached a new low

Image of Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese in Brisbane today. Image © Darren England / AAP Images

The Politics

Pork, kettle?

Claims that both parties need to be equally called out over pork-barrelling are ridiculous, even if Labor needs to do better

Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a visit to ASC in Henderson, south of Perth, today. Image © Richard Wainwright / AAP Images

The Politics

The pub test?

Morrison’s latest digs at Albanese’s authenticity are hard to swallow

Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a flood-damaged basketball court in the Brisbane suburb of Auchenflower, March 10, 2022

Politics

“I mopped these”

What Australia needed this week was leadership. What they got was a poser with a mop.

Image of Peter Dutton and Scott Morrison during a press conference at Gallipoli Barracks in Brisbane today.

Politics

Australian defence farce

No expense will be spared in keeping Australians safe, unless it involves taking climate action

Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaking in Lismore this afternoon. Image via ABC News

The Politics

A national disgrace

The PM has finally declared a national emergency in flood-ravaged NSW, but only once he could be there for the announcement

Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison addressing the Cabinet Women’s Task Force meeting at Parliament House in April 2021. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Images

The Politics

Taking the cake

Corporatised, whitewashed International Women’s Day is a perfect distillation of the federal government’s response to women’s issues

Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a virtual address to the Lowy Institute today. (AAP Images / Supplied by Lowy Institute)

The Politics

National insecurity

The PM pledges to keep Australians safe, but he can’t seem to protect them from (or prepare for) major disasters

Sky News Australia commentator Peta Credlin (image via Facebook) and former prime minister Tony Abbott (image © Ritchie B. Tongo / EPA)

The Politics

Tony Abbott’s flying circus

Why would right-wingers choose this week, of all weeks, to resurrect the climate wars?

Image of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce during Question Time last month. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Images

The Politics

Electoral sandbagging

The Deputy PM doth protest too much