The Politics

Anthony Albanese and Peter Dutton are seen in the centre of the frame, walking past each other.

The Politics

The empty centre

From border security to tax, the hollow centrism of the two-party system is destructive to the national interest

Image of Chris Bowen

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Spin of omission

What is the point of a ministerial climate update that doesn’t mention our emissions are still rising?

Image of Clare O’Neil speaking and gesturing with an index finger

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Do the right thing

It is time for Labor to stop acting like LNP-lite on immigration detention

Anthony Albanese and Peter Dutton are seen seated opposite each other in Question Time. Albanese is smiling. Dutton has his back turned.

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Dirty deals damage democracy

There isn’t much time to stop a bipartisan deal that many believe would entrench the two-party system

Image of Anthony Albanese in the House of Representatives.

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Fortune favours the bold

As Labor’s fortunes “nosedive”, it is time for Anthony Albanese to step up

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and frontbenchers speak in the House of Representatives

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Iceberg politics

Despite the ugly politics of the week, might there be more going on beneath the surface of the Albanese government than meets the eye?

Image of James Paterson, seen from one side

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‘Australian values’

Visas for Palestinians appear to be sending Australia into another racist moral panic

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Civil wrongs

Australian civil liberties are under attack, and it is incumbent on all of us to pay attention

Anthony Albanese and Jim Chalmers in the House of Representatives, October 2023.

The Politics

Exit stage three

A report on generational spending power could not make it any more obvious that the Stage Three tax cuts need to be rethought

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Justice detained

What are politicians risking when they weaponise Australia’s immigration detention system?

Peter Dutton and Clare O’Neil are seen passing each other in the House of Reps. O’Neil is facing the camera, while Dutton’s back is turned.

Fear and voting

The major parties’ unity ticket on moral panic this week is a chilling prelude to the populist obscenities to come during the next federal election campaign

Peter Dutton speaks in the House of Representatives

The rule of Dutton

The government fast-tracks alarming new laws, but the Coalition wants it to overturn the rule of law

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton

Wreck and ruin

Peter Dutton is doing his darndest to tear our already fraying social fabric apart

Whistleblower David McBride arrives with support dog Jakey for the start of his trial outside the ACT Supreme Court

The sniff test

Independents and whistleblowers are once again putting Labor to shame when it comes to transparency

Image of Peter Dutton seated in the House of Representatives

A question of moral equivalence

Labor calls for “next steps” towards a ceasefire, and the Coalition goes on the attack

Silhouette of Peter Dutton is seen leaving after a press conference in 2017. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Images

It’s not easy being freed

The long shadow of Peter Dutton’s time as immigration minister lingers over several recent High Court rulings