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

The Chloe Shorten family hour

1 June 2017 12:55 pm

On an icy Canberra evening, your correspondent makes her way through excited Chinese students to ANU’s Copland Theatre where Chloe Shorten…

The recognition racket

1 June 2017 7:13 am

Given the outcome of last week’s grand talk-fest at the lavish Sails in the Desert resort at Yulara, near Ayers…

Fiscal funny games and milking miners won’t win the West

31 May 2017 6:34 pm

One of the maxims of fiscal policy is that when a government is on the hunt for revenue, weird and unexpected things can happen. Everyone…

Keeping China in check

31 May 2017 12:03 pm

With the world’s attention currently focused on events in North Korea and the never-ending crisis of the Syrian civil war,…

The tired old gender agenda

31 May 2017 7:17 am

A gloating headline this week has spoken so many volumes about gender politics it’s not even comical. Treasury did not…

Bullying for rights ain’t right

30 May 2017 7:28 pm

A few days ago, council workers in New Orleans tied ropes to a 6-metre bronze statue of General Robert E Lee,…

The Health Department boss should pack his bags

30 May 2017 4:25 pm

If I was Health Department secretary, Martin Bowles, I’d be checking my superannuation paperwork is in order. Over three hours…

Canberra’s bolshy bishop wrong on Israel

30 May 2017 1:06 pm

A Measured Response By Denis MacEoin In his recent article, ‘Capitalism, Anti-Semitism & The Judaeo-Christian Ethic’ the former Anglican bishop…

Getting ready for that next Kirribilli iftar…

30 May 2017 6:45 am

“Malcolm, that woman in PMC’s Hospitality and Protocol has sent over a Note reminding your office Ramadan has begun. She…

Another domestic violence program fails? No!

29 May 2017 12:06 pm

How much longer do lazy politicians and greedy feminist lobby groups think they can keep the lid on the boiling…

Why the left were right about privilege

29 May 2017 7:29 am

Privilege is simply the idea that our experiences, upbringing, circumstances and sometimes, the gender or race we’re born with, mean…

ASIO’s insult to the intelligence of Muslims

28 May 2017 6:25 pm

It’s an insult to the intelligence of Muslims, frankly to all of us, to keep claiming that terrorism today is…

The Guardian meets the RNC

28 May 2017 1:12 pm

Following Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs’ altercation with Republican Gregory Gianforte, the awkward DC-based reporter has been flooded with invitations to…

Church and State, revisited

28 May 2017 7:46 am

When the battle between Church and State spills over into the tax domain things start to get interesting. Earlier this…

Time for reparations for the slave trade?

27 May 2017 1:49 pm

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and soul-searching lately. It has become a regular part of my procrastination between…

Be-Friending the ABC

27 May 2017 8:25 am

It comes as no surprise when you discover that ‘Friends of the ABC’ is not, like, say, the CWA or…

Angered by Manchester? That’s racist!

26 May 2017 8:59 pm

There isn’t much that is more frustrating than the desperate scrambling, post the latest Islamist terrorist attack, for commentators and…

The battle for Manchester

26 May 2017 12:37 pm

In times of great tragedy, when the minds of the masses unite in stunned grief, warped voices become incredibly clear.…

What’s happening with the RSL?

26 May 2017 7:01 am

This week’s victory for newly elected NSW RSL president James Brown disproved the enduring adage that old age and cunning…

Dumb celebrities and other Manchester menaces

25 May 2017 5:30 pm

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that in the aftermath of a tragedy a celebrity in a wont of brains (but…

Plain packaging … for alcohol?

25 May 2017 1:09 pm

It sometimes feels like our society has long abandoned its sense of individual responsibility. Flick open the papers or scroll…

It’s time for Labor voters to pay their way

25 May 2017 7:27 am

It now looks like that Labor and the Greens will support a tax increase for people earning above $85,000 a…

Bye-bye Yassmin

24 May 2017 7:10 pm

It may well be a month too late, but slow clap to the ABC for finally doing the right thing.…

You don’t argue with Ms 61 per cent

24 May 2017 5:03 pm

Malcolm Turnbull must be staring at UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s poll numbers with vaulting envy. The Britain Elects polling…

Manchester, Trump and terror

24 May 2017 11:44 am

It’s been a big week underlining the challenges in combatting global Islamic terrorism. The combination of Trump’s speech to Middle…