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House of brief. Parliament House

House of brief

Politics / Federal politics

Limiting parliamentary sittings is limiting our democracy

Northern exposure. Balgo township

Northern exposure

Politics / Federal politics / Society / Health / Indigenous Australia

COVID-19 is turning Indigenous communities into a tinderbox

Inside the Nationals. Photo of Barnaby Joyce

Inside the Nationals

Politics / Federal politics

As the National Party celebrates its centenary, its future is in the hands of bitter rivals Michael McCormack and Barnaby Joyce

Opposing forces. John Curtin (left) and Robert Menzies at an Advisory War Council meeting

Opposing forces

Politics / Federal politics

Even during a time of crisis, history shows that partisan politics has a role to play


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Australia’s China reset. Image of Xi Jinping at Parliament House, 2014

➊ Australia’s China reset

The rest of the world is watching how we counter Beijing’s campaign of influence

Inside the Nationals. Photo of Barnaby Joyce

➋ Inside the Nationals

As the National Party celebrates its centenary, its future is in the hands of bitter rivals Michael McCormack and Barnaby Joyce

House of brief. Parliament House

➌ House of brief

Limiting parliamentary sittings is limiting our democracy

Northern exposure. Balgo township

➍ Northern exposure

COVID-19 is turning Indigenous communities into a tinderbox

Federal Politics


The human side of Peter Dutton. Image of Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton

The human side of Peter Dutton

Confirmation that the home affairs minister has COVID-19 is a grim reminder of just how pervasive the virus is

Foul play. Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Foul play

The PM’s defence of the sports rorts saga debases democracy

The ASIO chief’s opaque transparency. Image of ASIO Director-General Mike Burgess

The ASIO chief’s opaque transparency

Last week, Mike Burgess said a lot while revealing little

Descent from the summit. Image of Kevin Rudd at the Australia 2020 Summit

Descent from the summit

Looking back on Kevin Rudd’s overly ambitious and thinly detailed Australia 2020 Summit

A portrait of Scott Morrison. Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison

A portrait of Scott Morrison

With the prime minister, what you see is what you get

COVID-19’s long shadow. Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Health Minister Greg Hunt

COVID-19’s long shadow

The virus exposes the increasing difficulty of Australia’s balancing act between China and the US


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International Politics


The middle of nowhere. Image of Scott Morrison and Donald Trump

The middle of nowhere

Australia’s political leaders have lost their bearings in a changed world

Peace with dishonour. Image of US troops in Syria

Peace with dishonour

On the West’s Trump-led exit from the wreckage of the Middle East

What does China want from Australia? . Image of Quarterly Essay 76: Red Flag

What does China want from Australia?

On Australia’s efforts to resist Beijing’s campaign for influence – A Quarterly Essay extract

The promised land. Image of Panguna mine, 1994

The promised land

Bougainville’s independence vote is a historic moment for Papua New Guinea, and a reckoning for Australia

We don’t need another superhero. Image from ‘Avengers: Endgame’

We don’t need another superhero

Are superheroes the form of entertainment we deserve, but not the one we need right now?

Mateship at what cost?. Image of Scott Morrison and Donald Trump

Mateship at what cost?

It is not in Australia’s national interest to become involved in Trump’s vendettas


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Issues & Policies


Gone with the wind

How Denmark is bidding farewell to fossil fuels – an extract

Is elder abuse avoidable?. Image of a woman’s hands

Is elder abuse avoidable?

Our current aged-care system makes it difficult to deliver care in its truest sense

Don’t bank on it. Image of Westpac signage

Don’t bank on it

Time will tell if the Westpac scandal delivers the reset our corporate culture needs

A fresh canvas for Indigenous politics. Photo of Anangu artists Christine Brumby, Charmaine Kulitja, Rene Kulitja and Happy Reid with the Uluru statement canvas

A fresh canvas for Indigenous politics

The Uluru statement is headed for referendum

The government’s appeal to self-interest groups. Illustration

The government’s appeal to self-interest groups

The Liberal Party has little left but pitches to the hip pocket

The parable of Lyle Shelton and Dianne Thorley. Clive Berghofer

The parable of Lyle Shelton and Dianne Thorley

When Christianity, climate change and drought collided in Toowoomba


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