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Coal cursed. Image of then treasurer Scott Morrison handing Barnaby Joyce a lump of coal during Question Time, February 9, 2017

Coal cursed

Politics / Issues and policies / Society / Environment / Climate change

The fossil-fuel lobby could not have created the climate wars so easily without the preceding culture wars

Reconciliation and the promise of an Australian homecoming. Image of Scott Morrison with Guugu Yimidhirr people at Reconciliation Rocks, Cooktown, 2019

Reconciliation and the promise of an Australian homecoming

Politics / Indigenous rights / Society / Indigenous Australia

What would make an acknowledgement of country more welcome

American carnage. Image of Donald Trump mask

American carnage

Politics / US politics

Donald Trump and the collapse of the Union

Weal of fortune. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Weal of fortune

Politics / Issues and policies

Rebuilding the economy means government investment, but not all public spending is equal


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American carnage. Image of Donald Trump mask

➊ American carnage

Donald Trump and the collapse of the Union

Coal cursed. Image of then treasurer Scott Morrison handing Barnaby Joyce a lump of coal during Question Time, February 9, 2017

➋ Coal cursed

The fossil-fuel lobby could not have created the climate wars so easily without the preceding culture wars

Reconciliation and the promise of an Australian homecoming. Image of Scott Morrison with Guugu Yimidhirr people at Reconciliation Rocks, Cooktown, 2019

➌ Reconciliation and the promise of an Australian homecoming

What would make an acknowledgement of country more welcome

Activists of a certain age. Illustration

➍ Activists of a certain age

Meet the septuagenarian fronting a new generation of protesters

Federal Politics


The new tyranny of distance. Bondi Beach, May 2020

The new tyranny of distance

Facing a historic isolation of a different kind, what next for our migrant nation?

Surrounded by pygmies: Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘A Bigger Picture’. Photograph of Malcolm Turnbull

Surrounded by pygmies: Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘A Bigger Picture’

The former PM’s memoir fails to reckon with his fatal belief that all Australians shared his vision

Road map to nowhere. Image of Energy Minister Angus Taylor

Road map to nowhere

Angus Taylor’s road map is anything but an emissions reduction strategy

Economic fantasy fiction. Image of choose your own adventure book

Economic fantasy fiction

Australia’s future is looking increasingly dystopian thanks to our governments’ continuing affair with neoliberal theory

A many-cornered contest. Image of Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese with preselection candidate for the seat of Eden-Monaro Kristy McBain

A many-cornered contest

A Coalition win in Eden-Monaro is unlikely, but would be regarded as another of Morrison’s miracles and a disaster for Albanese

Hillsong’s strange tides. Image of Brian Houston

Hillsong’s strange tides

Brian Houston’s Pentecostal movement in an age of climate change and coronavirus


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International Politics


Trump cad. Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and US President Donald Trump at the G7 Summit in August 2019, in Biarritz, France

Trump cad

Australia’s G7 invitation is a big opportunity, but Morrison should not play Trump’s protégé

The ministry of pandemics. Image of Press conference at Parliament House, March 24, 2020

The ministry of pandemics

How the spread of the virus revealed our leaders to us

Electoral distancing. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Electoral distancing

Australia’s Bernie Sanders volunteers

It’s the ‘labour’ party, stupid!. Image of Keir Starmer

It’s the ‘labour’ party, stupid!

New UK Labour leader Keir Starmer’s predicament contains lessons for Australian Labor

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


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Issues & Policies


Moral bankruptcy . Image of Australians queuing at Centrelink in Brisbane

Moral bankruptcy

Robodebt stemmed from the false ideological division between the deserving and undeserving poor, but the government still clings to moralistic language

Vale, comrade. Image of Jack Mundey from the Tribune negative archive, 1972

Vale, comrade

Jack Mundey left the world a far better place than he found it

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


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