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Anthony Albanese is seen speaking, standing next to Antony Blinken, with a series of Australian and US flags in the background.

AUKUS and the US alliance

The acquisition of nuclear submarines is out of step with Australian tradition as a military middle power and wildly at odds with our international status

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

A modest proposal for submarine money

AUKUS is the gold standard of a major reform being implemented without sufficient detail – or a referendum

Kate Chaney, wearing an oatmeal-coloured jacket and a mint-green shirt, stands against a background showing the green benches of the House of Representatives. She is wearing a neutral expression.

Donation reform here at last?

Caps on campaign spending and political donations may finally be addressed, following a new report

Image of a Centrelink sign.

If it wasn’t for welfare, I would never have become a Rhodes Scholar

Any broad reform to the welfare system must address the inadequacies of Youth Allowance

Portrait of Penny Wong

Penny Wong’s next big fight

Does the foreign minister believe AUKUS positions Australia for an inevitable Pacific war, or does she still think we needn’t choose between the US and China?

Image of Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, Labor MP Emma McBride and shadow housing minister Jason Clare after meeting with young renter Lydia Pulley during a visit to her home in Gosford on May 3, 2022. Image © Lukas Coch / AAP Images

Property damage

What will it take for Australia to fix the affordable housing crisis?

Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison introducing the religious discrimination bill in the House of Representatives on November 25, 2021. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Images

Faith no more

In withdrawing support for the religious discrimination bill, the Christian right showed what it wanted all along: the freedom to discriminate against others

Image of South Australia Premier Steven Marshall addressing the media during a press conference in Adelaide, August 24, 2021. Image © Morgan Sette / AAP Images

Marshall law

Premier Steven Marshall claimed South Australia was “COVID-ready” when the state opened borders just as Omicron was emerging, but it now faces the same issues as the eastern states

Image of Australian Greens senator Christine Milne and leader Bob Brown, independent MPs Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor, and Climate Change Minister Greg Combet listening to Prime Minister Julia Gillard announcing a carbon price on February 24, 2011. Image © Alan Porritt / AAP Image

Can we ever hope for a new Clean Energy Act?

Ten years after the high-water mark of cooperation between Labor and the Greens, why haven’t the “progressive” parties worked together since then?

Up the river

Hope is running dry in the Murray–Darling Basin