The Politics

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Tame impaler

Grace Tame owes the PM nothing, least of all a smile

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A matter of life and death

Barnaby Joyce’s gaffe points to a deeper issue with the government’s thinking

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The gospel according to Mark

Is this the moment WA Premier Mark McGowan goes too far?

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Forklifters and leaners

Morrison’s ludicrous suggestion that children be used to fill workforce shortages is his most desperate yet

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The backpacker solution

The government begs those it abandoned to help it out of a tight spot

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Living with COVID

In its eagerness to “live with the virus”, did the government anticipate this many Australians dying from it?

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‘Health and good order’

If Novak Djokovic is “a talisman of anti-vaccination sentiment”, what does that make George Christensen?

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Neutral territory

Claims that Morrison has “neutralised” his Brittany Higgins problem are insulting

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Sweet 16

A $16 billion mystery fund in the midyear budget reveals a government primed for election pork-barrelling

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It’s the rort that counts

Nothing can stop the government from pork-barrelling, except voting it out

Archer becomes the target

Morrison yet again undermines a female MP, while publicly showing “support”

A very broad church

Morrison’s decision to prioritise religious freedom over integrity sees yet another defection

Moderate failings

With the right extracting another concession, why is it that Liberal “moderates” never play hardball?

Chaos reigns

The Coalition avoided embarrassment on two key votes, but Question Time was a rabble

Mandated mayhem

The anti-vaccine elements on the right grow more emboldened by the day

Base instincts

The Coalition’s cynical game has produced the outcome many feared from the start