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The future of the Liberal Party

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

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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

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Music

The slow fade of music education

An elegy for music, learning and impoverished culture

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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

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Morrison’s power without purpose

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

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The death of Kumanjayi Walker

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

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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

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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?

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Art

The artist making sculpture for penguins

How creating sculpture for animals is transforming wildlife conservation and the art world

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National security

On Her Majesty’s secret disservice

The reporter who uncovered the truth about Kim Philby, the 20th century’s most infamous spy, and his warnings for democratic society

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Indigenous rights

The stunted country

There can be no republic without constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians

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Federal politics

The spin and secrecy threatening the Australian environment

How the government is failing on the environment by hiding critical science