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Fired up

The climate and wildfire debate is happening on the ground… try putting it out

On the demerits

The government’s union-busting legislation is in the balance

“Not today”?

When fire-struck communities start talking about climate, politicians must listen

“As someone born Labor”

Anthony Albanese took on the doubters today

No exit

The PM’s drought relief package has come too late

Zali’s game plan

Backing a climate-emergency declaration is just the beginning

A glass half-full

The world’s biggest free-trade deal should boost confidence

Cause and neglect

The aged care royal commission must trigger a fundamental rethink

Quiet, Australians

We are well down the slippery slope to becoming a police state

Psst… got a climate policy?

The Coalition is fumbling in the dark without a light switch

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