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In-depth analysis of the day’s news, plus stories and gossip from Australian politics.

The NT royal commission decision-making: not a good look

1 August 2016 7:52 am

Monday’s announcement by the royal commissioner into youth detention in the Northern Territory, retired Northern Territory chief justice Brian Martin,…

What matters more? Identity politics or closing the gap?

1 August 2016 4:55 am

The scope of the Royal Commission called in the wake of the Don Dale scandal has thankfully been widened to…

Is Kevin putting his book together? Some clairvoyance from the editor

1 August 2016 4:07 am

You can always tell when someone has finally had enough of their job and is desperate to get the hell…

Don’t you oppress me

1 August 2016 2:13 am

The menfolk of Dandenong in Melbourne’s far-flung south-eastern burbs have been doing it tough for years. The decline of manufacturing…

Julian Burnside, fidei defensor

31 July 2016 11:33 pm

Julian Burnside has become a defender of the faith – the Islamic one, of course. The Sheik Shady saga continues,…

Rudd and his referees

29 July 2016 8:37 am

“Turnbull. Pathetic.” This brief, two-word tweet was not a summation of the recent federal election campaign by a Liberal-National member…

The case for real Senate reform — and what it could look like

28 July 2016 11:34 pm

The pundits and the Press Gallery tend to discuss election results as if the Australian electorate were a single sentient…

Being brusque does not justify George Pell’s trial by media

28 July 2016 5:17 am

On Wednesday night, the whole of the ABC’s 7.30 programme was given over to an expose of historic allegations against…

Malcolm Turnbull: supreme narcissist

28 July 2016 1:45 am

Over lunch with friends on June 30, we all guessed the election outcome. I thought the Coalition would lose 11…

Troughing and other pig-headed behaviour

28 July 2016 12:31 am

So soon after scraping back in, Malcolm Turnbull is prepared to risk everything on the one issue, which makes many…

We will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this woman

27 July 2016 11:52 am

Julia Gillard – one of our most experienced practitioners of victim feminism – has graciously lent some advice to Hillary…

The media and the Religion of Peace™

26 July 2016 11:44 pm

I’m quite sure I wasn’t the only one who, upon hearing last week that Merrylands Police Station in Sydney’s west…

Daniel Andrews’ letter of intolerance

26 July 2016 12:13 pm

The moral indignation of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews public letter to the Prime Minister on marriage equality again shows the…

Discover your inner writer – and win five grand

26 July 2016 10:07 am

Calling all entries for The 2016 Thawley Prize

Three letters to my daughters

26 July 2016 1:59 am

July 8 2016 To my daughters (and their friends) I’ve been thinking and watching and observing my daughters and their…

Marriage equality: Daniel Andrews has big ears, but doesn’t listen

25 July 2016 7:40 am

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has ears sticking out from his bonce like wide-open car doors.  But for a bloke whose…

Death by by-election

25 July 2016 12:30 am

The Liberal National Party has sent the lawyers up to Townsville as the recount continues for the seat of Herbert.…

Fairfax in a nutshell. Or nuthouse…

24 July 2016 7:14 am

Or both, perhaps. Whichever way it explains the sales figures. Melbourne’s quality Sunday offers the remaining readers some sabbath food…

Kruger is right – Muslim immigration should be carefully considered

23 July 2016 1:51 am

Australia is a free, tolerant and open democracy where we respect all points of view even if we don’t agree…

Russian winter is coming: the new war on faith

22 July 2016 12:03 am

News of the Russian Olympic drug scandal has reached the ears of the media and is being rightly exposed, but…

I don’t believe in ‘no religion’

20 July 2016 11:01 pm

In the upcoming 2016 Australian Census, Australians will be given the option of ticking a box labelled ‘no religion’ when…

Facts have a left wing bias, do they?

19 July 2016 11:06 pm

I spluttered on my tea recently when reading the claim that facts have a left-wing bias. I suppose the proponents…

Hardly a ministry of all the talents

18 July 2016 11:43 pm

Malcolm Turnbull’s latest ministry – his third in less than a year – was announced on Monday. True to his…

Can plebiscites placate a piqued party?

18 July 2016 5:30 am

It’s not just Julie Bishop talking about plebiscite preselections. Government sources say the issue got a very good workout in…

Country wisdom and the Liberals’ tin ear

17 July 2016 11:23 pm

In the hands of Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott alone rests the chances for stability of the new Parliament and…