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Image of Labor Party election-night event at the Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL, Sydney

Teal and loathing: On the campaign trail

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

Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison during Question Time, 2021

Morrison’s power without purpose

As prime minister, Scott Morrison has offered neither competence nor vision

Image of red-paint hands on Yuendumu Police Station

The death of Kumanjayi Walker

On the shooting in Yuendumu and the trial of Northern Territory policeman Zachary Rolfe

Photo of Marind community members sharing dreams of being eaten by oil palm

Environment

The psychic terror wrought by palm-oil production

How oil-palm plantations have uprooted the lives and dreams of a Papuan community

Portrait of Zoe Daniel

Federal politics

Independents and the balance of power

The federal election may hinge on a new crossbench of professional women in wealthy inner-city seats and a rural revolt against the Nationals

An photograph of the spacewarping effect, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, and depicting GAL-CLUS-022058s, located in the constellation of Fornax.

Founding NEMO

Gravitational waves and the secrets of the universe

An photograph of the spacewarping effect, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, and depicting GAL-CLUS-022058s, located in the constellation of Fornax.

Founding NEMO

Gravitational waves and the secrets of the universe

Image of woman on train platform

Law and order

The first victim

Does the legal system put people through unnecessary trauma?

Image of Anthony Albanese

Federal politics

The repair man

Anthony Albanese and the task at hand

Image of Australian Bicentenary protest, Sydney, NSW, 1988

Indigenous rights

The stunted country

There can be no republic without constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians

Image of Noel Pearson addresses the Queensland Media Club in Brisbane, 2017

Politics

The unhinged pursuit of profit is destroying us

To undo the worst of neoliberalism we need to target need, rather than race or identity

Image of coal for export, Newcastle, NSW

Resources

The fossil-fuel industry’s grip on Australian hearts and minds

Is there hope that public misconceptions of the importance of coal and gas can be overcome?