Politics

From Abbott to Zumbo. Image of Question Time at Parliament House, December 9, 2020

From Abbott to Zumbo

Politics / Feminism

A short history of the Coalition’s ‘women problem’

The moment of reckoning. Image of artwork by Sarah Goffman

The moment of reckoning

Politics / Feminism

Any addressing of parliament’s abuse, misogyny and sexism must also tackle its racism

Fallow the leader. Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Fallow the leader

Politics / Federal politics

Is the electorate willing to give Scott Morrison time to do better?

Dangerous precedents. Attorney-General Christian Porter, March 3, 2021

Dangerous precedents

Politics / Federal politics / Society / Law and order

Criminal law is not the only legal avenue to consider Christian Porter’s accountability and his future


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Up the river. The Darling River near Pooncarie, NSW

➊ Up the river

Hope is running dry in the Murray–Darling Basin

From Abbott to Zumbo. Image of Question Time at Parliament House, December 9, 2020

➋ From Abbott to Zumbo

A short history of the Coalition’s ‘women problem’

The moment of reckoning. Image of artwork by Sarah Goffman

➌ The moment of reckoning

Any addressing of parliament’s abuse, misogyny and sexism must also tackle its racism

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

➍ Reconciliation and the promise of an Australian homecoming

What would make an acknowledgement of country more welcome

Federal Politics


The holes in their story. Image of Parliament House security guard Nikola Anderson

The holes in their story

The Morrison government’s cover-up is falling apart

The moral deadening. Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison

The moral deadening

On the effects of Morrison’s shabby theatre and calculated evasions

Voice at a crossroads. ‘The Fifth Element’, 2020

Voice at a crossroads

Constitutional protection is essential if the voice to parliament is to be a meaningful change

The scandals he walks past. Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison during Question Time, 2020

The scandals he walks past

In Morrison’s government, a lack of accountability has become systemic

Australia’s Trump apologists. From left: Paul Kelly (image source) / Greg Sheridan (image source) / Alexander Downer (image source)

Australia’s Trump apologists

In the wake of the US Capitol riot, let us review the performances of Trump’s Australian cheerleaders

And now for something completely indifferent. Image of Guy Sebastian and Prime Minister Scott Morrison, June, 2020

And now for something completely indifferent

The Morrison government is yet to fully realise that sidelining the arts hurts the economy


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International Politics


Neighbourhood watch . Image of cover of Laura Tingle’s Quarterly Essay 80, The High Road: What Australia Can Learn From New Zealand

Neighbourhood watch

Australia and New Zealand have distinct approaches to foreign policy, especially when it comes to China

Fever dream

A vision of America in November 2021

Trumpery lives on. Image of an American flag and a Trump 2020 flag

Trumpery lives on

Despite Joe Biden’s historic win, the damage done by the Trump presidency will be hard to snuff out

Enemy of the state. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Enemy of the state

The dissident Indonesian lawyer charged for tweeting about Papuan activism

Job seeker. Image of Mathias Cormann making his valedictory speech

Job seeker

Scott Morrison wants to launch Mathias Cormann onto the global stage

Choppy waters. Image of Mike Pompeo and Marise Payne

Choppy waters

Australia’s assumption that China will give up its Pacific rivalry with the US is dangerously misguided


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Issues & Policies


What elitism looks like

Flagrant conflicts of interest abound at the top

Morrison’s climate flip. Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Morrison’s climate flip

Australia has a lot of catching up to do on emissions reduction

Robodebt: How did it come to this?

A retrospective of one of Australia’s most disastrous policies

The Corp’s bride. Former prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull with a screenshot of Turnbull’s confirmation of signing the petition

The Corp’s bride

Despite a widely supported petition, the government is too scared to take on the Murdoch empire

Vale Susan Ryan. Image of Susan Ryan

Vale Susan Ryan

The pioneering politician was more than a feminist icon

The announcement artist. 



Prime Minister Scott Morrison

The announcement artist

Scott Morrison is good at promising but not at delivering


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