Australian politics, society & culture

Issues and policies

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James Boyce’s ‘Losing Streak’ investigates how one family came to rule the state’s poker-machine industry
By Amanda Lohrey
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How authorities lost control of juvenile detention
By Russell Marks
Homelessness has reached crisis levels in Melbourne and Sydney
By Paul Connolly
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Billion-dollar burnouts keep emissions rising
By Richard Denniss
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The arts funding cuts are just a symptom of a broader malaise in Australia
By Alison Croggon
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Richard Flanagan delivers the inaugural Boisbouvier Lecture
By Richard Flanagan
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Australia’s solar champions face an uncertain future
By Ceridwen Dovey
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Brexit, Trump and the federal election show how the old categories of left and right are crumbling
By Richard Denniss
The coral bleaching signals a defining environmental shift
By Jo Chandler
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Can Malcolm Turnbull survive on optimism alone?
By Judith Brett
By Nick Feik
“Our prime minister says that we must ‘live within our means’,” writes Don Watson. “The treasurer and the minister for finance both say it. As is the custom, having said it once, they have said it again and again.” It’s not the only thing on...
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Australia’s car industry has met policy failure head-on
By Richard Denniss
By Nick Feik
In 2014, Malcolm Turnbull said Australia’s tax system was “too tough on people earning income, i.e. the entrepreneurs, the people who are growing and driving, younger people in jobs, working hard, making money in their businesses. It is too tough on...
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Why is Australia planning so many new casinos?
By David Neustein
The dominance of baby boomers is becoming total
By Richard Cooke
Penny Wong
The case for marriage equality
By Penny Wong
Shen Narayanasamy in the streets of Collingwood, Melbourne.
Shen Narayanasamy takes on Transfield
By Chloe Hooper
Recognition alone won’t fix indigenous affairs
By Megan Davis

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