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What’s gone wrong at the ABC. Journalists Maxine McKew, Quentin Dempster and Kerry O’Brien

What’s gone wrong at the ABC

Politics / Federal politics / Society / Media

Years of government attacks over funding and balance have left the national broadcaster in desperate need of repair

Five steps to getting real about China. Image of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (right) and Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 6, 2022

Five steps to getting real about China

Politics / International politics

The Albanese government’s duty, and its opportunity, is to recast Australia’s relationship with China

Ghosts in the war machine. Image of Australian Army Cadets on parade

Ghosts in the war machine

Politics / Australian Defence Force

Does the military attract violent misanthropists, or are they forged in murky theatres of war?

Gaslighting Australia. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Gaslighting Australia

Politics / Resources

Local gas suppliers aren’t in crisis – soaring prices are going according to plan


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What’s gone wrong at the ABC. Journalists Maxine McKew, Quentin Dempster and Kerry O’Brien

➊ What’s gone wrong at the ABC

Years of government attacks over funding and balance have left the national broadcaster in desperate need of repair

The future of the Liberal Party. Image of Peter Dutton and Sussan Ley

➋ The future of the Liberal Party

Peter Dutton doesn’t just have a talent problem on his hands

Gaslighting Australia. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

➌ Gaslighting Australia

Local gas suppliers aren’t in crisis – soaring prices are going according to plan

The mystery of Scott Morrison. Image of Scott Morrison conducting morning television interviews on election day, May 21, 2022

➍ The mystery of Scott Morrison

Reflections on the empty legacy of our 30th prime minister

Federal Politics


How to be a prime minister. Image of Anthony Albanese

How to be a prime minister

The task ahead for Anthony Albanese in restoring the idea that governments should seek to make the country better

A defeat for the true deceivers. Image of Scott Morrison, May 21, 2022

A defeat for the true deceivers

The demise of Morrison’s Liberals paves the way for a transformative parliament

The art of the teal . Image of a man updating a board showing a tally of votes during independent candidate Zoe Daniel’s reception for the 2022 federal election

The art of the teal

Amid the long decline of the major parties, have independents finally solved the problem of lopsided campaign financing laws?

Teal and loathing: On the campaign trail. Image of Labor Party election-night event at the Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL, Sydney

Teal and loathing: On the campaign trail

The seismic shift that saw voters around the country turn on the Coalition and deliver a Labor victory

The end of Liberal reign in Kooyong. Image of Monique Ryan and family on election night

The end of Liberal reign in Kooyong

At the Auburn Hotel on election night, hope coalesces around Monique Ryan

Election special: Who should you vote for?. Composite image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese speaking during the first leaders’ debate on April 20, 2022

Election special: Who should you vote for?

Undecided about who to vote for in the upcoming federal election? Take our quiz to find out your least-worst option!


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International Politics


The China–Solomons deal is not about us. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

The China–Solomons deal is not about us

The new Pacific security pact reflects America’s influence, not Australia’s

The avoidable war . Image of US President Joe Biden meeting virtually with Chinese President Xi Jinping from the Roosevelt Room of the White House, November 15, 2021

The avoidable war

Kevin Rudd on China, the US and the forces of history

What does Russia’s war in Ukraine mean for collaborative space exploration?. Image showing detail of a 1965 Soviet Union stamp commemorating the first spacewalk

What does Russia’s war in Ukraine mean for collaborative space exploration?

Since the first human forayed beyond the Earth’s atmosphere, politics has never left space

All the way with CBK. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

All the way with CBK

Caroline Kennedy’s appointment as US ambassador to Australia is a sign of the rising temperature in the Pacific

The thread of history. Still image from ‘Threads’

The thread of history

For the Cold War generation, the threat of nuclear war in Europe brings a familiar dread

Troubled waters. Image of Peter Dutton and UK High Commissioner Victoria Treadell and US Chargé d’Affaires Michael Goldman at the signing of an AUKUS agreement

Troubled waters

What can be done to rectify Australia’s diplomatic ineptitude?


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Issues & Policies


Property damage. Image of Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, Labor MP Emma McBride and shadow housing minister Jason Clare after meeting with young renter Lydia Pulley during a visit to her home in Gosford on May 3, 2022

Property damage

What will it take for Australia to fix the affordable housing crisis?

Faith no more. Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison introducing the religious discrimination bill in the House of Representatives on November 25, 2021

Faith no more

In withdrawing support for the religious discrimination bill, the Christian right showed what it wanted all along: the freedom to discriminate against others

Marshall law. Image of South Australia Premier Steven Marshall addressing the media during a press conference in Adelaide, August 24, 2021

Marshall law

Premier Steven Marshall claimed South Australia was “COVID-ready” when the state opened borders just as Omicron was emerging, but it now faces the same issues as the eastern states

Can we ever hope for a new Clean Energy Act?. Image of Australian Greens senator Christine Milne and leader Bob Brown, independent MPs Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor, and Climate Change Minister Greg Combet listening to Prime Minister Julia Gillard announcing a carbon price on February 24, 2011

Can we ever hope for a new Clean Energy Act?

Ten years after the high-water mark of cooperation between Labor and the Greens, why haven’t the “progressive” parties worked together since then?

Up the river. The Darling River near Pooncarie, NSW

Up the river

Hope is running dry in the Murray–Darling Basin

What elitism looks like

Flagrant conflicts of interest abound at the top


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