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The cult of Gladys Berejiklian. Image of Gladys Berejiklian appearing before an ICAC hearing in October 2020

The cult of Gladys Berejiklian

Politics / State politics

What explains the hero-worship of the former NSW premier?

The little premier that might have. Image showing from left: The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Gladys Berejiklian and Thomas the Tank Engine

The little premier that might have

Politics

Does unquestioning, childish enthusiasm have a place in politics?

We need to think about post-lockdown rights. An anti-lockdown rally in Sydney, July 24, 2021

We need to think about post-lockdown rights

Politics / Human rights / Society / COVID-19

Lacking serious debate on the next stage of the pandemic, Australia is ill-prepared

War of error. Friday prayers at Pul-e Khishti mosque in Kabul soon after the Taliban took control on August 15, 2021

War of error

Politics / Australian Defence Force / International politics

US failures in Afghanistan and the folly of Australia’s unquestioning support


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The cult of Gladys Berejiklian. Image of Gladys Berejiklian appearing before an ICAC hearing in October 2020

➊ The cult of Gladys Berejiklian

What explains the hero-worship of the former NSW premier?

We need to think about post-lockdown rights. An anti-lockdown rally in Sydney, July 24, 2021

➋ We need to think about post-lockdown rights

Lacking serious debate on the next stage of the pandemic, Australia is ill-prepared

War of error. Friday prayers at Pul-e Khishti mosque in Kabul soon after the Taliban took control on August 15, 2021

➌ War of error

US failures in Afghanistan and the folly of Australia’s unquestioning support

Culture crisis. Image of Force Majeure’s Never Did Me Any Harm

➍ Culture crisis

The arts funding cuts are just a symptom of a broader malaise in Australia

Federal Politics


Strange bedfellows

The battlelines are blurring as Melbourne’s lockdown protests heat up

Nuclear fallout

The waves from Australia’s cancelled submarine contract keep building

Morrison’s path to victory. Image of Scott Morrison pictured with his family after winning the 2019 election

Morrison’s path to victory

Pollsters are describing remarkably different scenarios about the Coalition’s election chances, as the PM tussles with the states over lockdowns

The pandemic and the shrinking of Australian politics. Image of dog with face masks

The pandemic and the shrinking of Australian politics

Rather than prompting reform, the COVID emergency has hardened the major parties’ neoliberal ideology

Dismembering government . Members of the Australian Defence Force patrol Melbourne, August 2020

Dismembering government

New public management and why the Commonwealth government can’t do anything anymore

Roll out the pork barrels . Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Roll out the pork barrels

Why politicians love being caught rorting in their electorates


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International Politics


Retreat from Kabul. Afghans try to flee Kabul on August 16, 2021

Retreat from Kabul

America’s failure in Afghanistan and its contempt for Australia as an ally

Balancing on a tower of chairs . Cartoon image of a man falling off a chair as it breaks

Balancing on a tower of chairs

On Australia’s relations with China

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


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Issues & Policies


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

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

Warrior culture

The allegations of Australian war crimes have shattered the national digger mythology

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


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