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Tax to grind

Tax reform should not be centred on what we want, but on who we want to be

Parliament House, Canberra, under a sunset

Federal politics

An executive summary

Labor’s pledge to depoliticise the public service is undermined by the government only hearing what it wants to hear on climate change

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Indigenous rights

Truth after the Voice

The lost opportunity of the Voice referendum revealed Australians’ poor understanding of the Constitution, and the level of racism in the community

Image of Treasurer Jim Chalmers standing at lectern at Parliament House, October 25, 2023, taken from side stage

Federal politics

What kind of year has it been?

Was 2023 – beyond the referendum calamity – a year of government timidity or a demonstration of its ability to keep the national conversation on course?

Empty seats with No campaign placards on them in an event venue in Melbourne, September 15, 2023,

True colours

What the outcome of the Voice referendum suggests about the future of reconciliation, and what it says about the national character

Supporters of the “Yes” campaign in Melbourne, Sunday, September 17, 2023, wearing "yes" T-shirts and raising their fists

The Voice beyond symbolism

As October 14 approaches, opposition to the Voice has been dominated by false claims and discredited ideas

Image of Parliament House, Canberra, under storm clouds

Robodebt and the life of Canberra staffers

Does the extreme pressure put on Canberra’s overworked political staffers fuel tragedies such as robodebt?

Rhys Cauzzo, 2016

Robodebt’s awful cost

The mother of robodebt victim Rhys Cauzzo on hopes the royal commission may offer the beginnings of justice

Illustration of suited man directign another suited man to leave

Van damned

The events surrounding Senator David Van’s expulsion to the crossbench show the Liberal Party still has a problem with attitudes towards women

Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Philip Lowe, pictured in front of large graph

The high cost of Lowe inflation

The RBA refuses to hear that interest rates won’t control inflation, and people are suffering as a result