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John Setka quits Labor

Anthony Albanese gets a much-needed win… of sorts

A dry argument

Drought policy is tangled at the worst possible time


The government appears to be dragging its heels on media law reform

The NBN-ding story

New developments in the interminable debate over broadband in Australia

Drought doubts

Bipartisanship is not an end in itself

Rhetoric vs reality

The government has no agenda for addressing the worsening economy

Lift-off on climate

Labor, the Greens and key crossbenchers are working hard

The PM’s talking points

An accidental email sets out the government’s threadbare agenda

Litmus test

The US withdrawal from Syria is a turning point for Australian foreign policy

Labor pains

Climate confusion continues in the ALP

The invisible handshake

Australia’s lobbying-industrial complex needs urgent reform

Trump’s “great and unmatched wisdom”?

The president’s surprise Syria withdrawal should give Australia pause

Striking the right Tone

Tony Abbott isn’t going anywhere

Whose national interest?

Morrison is taking a decidedly self-interested approach to foreign affairs

Barren fields

The Coalition’s drought response has so far been farcical

Phone a friend

Morrison’s involvement in the Trump impeachment saga could drag on until next year