Politics

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A pack of bankers

Politics / Federal politics / Issues and policies / Society / Law and order

The financial services royal commission has revealed more than anyone banked on

What’s in a name?. Image of Treasurer Scott Morrison delivering 2018 budget

What’s in a name?

Politics / Federal politics

From Pig Iron Bob to Unbelieva-Bill: the trouble with nicknames in politics

Turning a blind eye to live exports. Image of sheep

Turning a blind eye to live exports

Politics / Federal politics

Just how bad do things have to get before we declare the system broken?

A tale of two leaders: Malcolm Turnbull and Emmanuel Macron. Image of Malcolm Turnbull and Emmanuel Macron

A tale of two leaders: Malcolm Turnbull and Emmanuel Macron

Politics / Federal politics

They have much in common, and yet their approaches to leadership couldn’t be more different


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➊ The new era

Ready or not, China is here

Federal Politics


The bankers’ prime minister. Image of Malcolm Turnbull announcing banking royal commission

The bankers’ prime minister

Highlighting Shorten’s union past has awkward implications for the PM

South African farmers: we will decide. Image of Peter Dutton

South African farmers: we will decide

Australia, refugees and the politics of fear

Manus Island tourism

Is the former detention centre site a tropical paradise or hell on earth?

It’s just not cricket. Image of Malcolm Turnbull

It’s just not cricket

Sledging is unlikely to improve, on the field or in politics

Don’t bank on it. Image of commissioner Kenneth Hayne

Don’t bank on it

The banking royal commission is unlikely to lead to lasting reform

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Moment of Truth

Australia is on the brink of momentous change, but only if we can face up to the past – a Quarterly Essay extract


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International Politics


Without America: Australia in the New Asia

Making sense of a new reality and the return of power politics – a Quarterly Essay extract

Trump and Russia: a guide for the bewildered

A fuller story of relations between the Russian government and the Trump campaign is only now coming to light

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The handshake

Could Donald Trump finally force Australia to critically examine its feudal obligations to the US?

UK election diary: The London attacks

Labor senator Sam Dastyari, in London for the UK general election, was caught up in the attack on the Borough Market

Once upon a time in America

Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey will jeopardise any future investigation

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American berserk

Donald Trump’s presidency feels both unprecedented and oddly familiar


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Issues & Policies


The republic is an Aboriginal issue

Recognition must be at the heart of constitutional reform

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Rethinking the republic

A change in our head of state won’t change everything, and other lessons for the next push

Take the cake

One baker’s verdict on the marriage survey result

Dutton’s dark victory. Image of Peter Dutton

Dutton’s dark victory

The minister, Pezzullo and the demise of Immigration

Do we really need an honours system?. Source © Commonwealth of Australia 2016

Do we really need an honours system?

Australia Day honours are at odds with our democratic ideals

When the politics got personal. Image of Gillian Triggs

When the politics got personal

Gillian Triggs’ culture shock


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