The Politics

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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

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Mistakes made and lives saved

Morrison admits mistakes were made in the handling of the pandemic. Is he gearing up to make some more?

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Borders and budgets

The government talks up the nation’s economic and physical reopening, while never acknowledging its own role in the delay

A gutful

The Coalition continues to court a dangerous demographic


The PM says the ABC is not “above scrutiny”, but his government seems to be

Lies and emissions

More falsehoods foreshadow the PM’s release of the net-zero modelling

Desperate and deranged

The PM’s attacks on Labor are growing increasingly detached from reality

No ‘can do’

The government isn’t willing to do much to lower emissions, but it is willing to throw money at carbon capture and storage

The end of ending the weekend

Morrison’s rhetorical backflip on EVs is gobsmacking, even for him