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Exterior of the Department of Treasury, Canberra

Tax to grind

Tax reform should not be centred on what we want, but on who we want to be

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus, in rolled sleeves standing in front of Hansard library

Federal politics

After robodebt: Restoring trust in government integrity and accountability

The attorney-general makes the case for reforms to Australia’s institutional checks and balances

Parliament House, Canberra, under a sunset

Federal politics

An executive summary

Labor’s pledge to depoliticise the public service is undermined by the government only hearing what it wants to hear on climate change

Close-up photograph of Anne Summers, 2017

Social Justice

How to change a bad law

The campaign to repair the single parenting payment was a model of how research and advocacy can push government to face the cruel effects of a policy and change course

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Truth after the Voice

The lost opportunity of the Voice referendum revealed Australians’ poor understanding of the Constitution, and the level of racism in the community

Image of Treasurer Jim Chalmers standing at lectern at Parliament House, October 25, 2023, taken from side stage

What kind of year has it been?

Was 2023 – beyond the referendum calamity – a year of government timidity or a demonstration of its ability to keep the national conversation on course?

Yes referendum corflute with No spraypainted over it, in Bassendean, Perth, Saturday, October 14, 2023

The year the Voice broke

How John Howard’s shadow over Australian politics is evident in the referendum, reconciliation and the rest

Empty seats with No campaign placards on them in an event venue in Melbourne, September 15, 2023,

True colours

What the outcome of the Voice referendum suggests about the future of reconciliation, and what it says about the national character

Supporters of the “Yes” campaign in Melbourne, Sunday, September 17, 2023, wearing "yes" T-shirts and raising their fists

The Voice beyond symbolism

As October 14 approaches, opposition to the Voice has been dominated by false claims and discredited ideas

Voice to Parliament rally at Prince Alfred Park, Sydney, July 2023

Demographics and the Voice

What past referendums tell us about the Voice to Parliament’s chances, and the political risk of the Coalition’s opposition