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

Democracy: a game of Blind Man's Buff

25 May 2022 4:00 am

This week’s election results should be of little surprise to those who pay attention to trends. I am referring particularly…

PRGuy and the future of the free press

24 May 2022 4:15 pm

PRGuy – the political activist on Twitter that no one will miss – has decided to ‘take a break’ now…

This is worse than we thought

24 May 2022 1:00 pm

It’s much worse than we thought. The ALP will govern in its own right, but will be forced into extreme…

Jim Allan, you’re dreamin’

24 May 2022 12:15 pm

James Allan’s take on the worst night on the Liberal Party’s history is, by and large, right.  The leafy suburbs…

Labor chased Menzies' forgotten people - and won

24 May 2022 9:00 am

Grief – that was my feeling on election night. It was not a new emotion. Grief has followed me these…

Australia is already at Net Zero

24 May 2022 5:00 am

Australia has a landmass of 7,692,024 square kilometres with a sparse inland population, greenhouse gas-emitting livestock, and heavy industry. Combined…

De-Carbonising the Liberal Moderates

24 May 2022 4:00 am

The process of counting the casualties from the weekend’s political massacre continues. That hasn’t slowed Labor down. The first official…

Farewell to freedom

23 May 2022 9:25 am

At face value, the 2022 federal election is a run-of-the-mill change of government election. In the post-Menzies era, the average…

The media's obsession with crucifying Scomo

23 May 2022 6:25 am

Scott Morrison and his faith have been the subject of national discussion for three years, and yet journalists still don’t…

Election 2022: lessons and consequences

23 May 2022 5:00 am

This year’s federal election was insane. It was chaotic. It was all over the place. And it has catastrophic consequences…

Progressive or conservative? Αsk Deves

23 May 2022 4:30 am

O me miserum; mea culpa! and other Latin phrases of a similar kind. The worst federal government in many years…

The rich vote Left

23 May 2022 4:00 am

The least conservative Liberal (and National) government in Australia’s history lost last weekend. There was no enthusiastic move to Labor.…

Is this (rough) democratic justice?

22 May 2022 8:20 pm

In December 1989, the Queensland National Party government lost power after 32 years in office. As David Barnett recounts in…

Keneally is Labor's Kryptonite

22 May 2022 8:20 pm

Of the many federal election strands still being forensically examined – one at least is resolved. Former Labor high-flyer, Kristina…

Climate Change: the wolf that isn’t there

22 May 2022 8:20 pm

The amount of carbon dioxide emitted by human activity into the Earth’s atmosphere is about the equivalent of a grain…

Kooyong and Wentworth: the nowhere lands

22 May 2022 8:20 pm

There’s no doubt that Scott Morrison’s perceived arrogance, the small target strategy employed by the ALP, and the success of…

When appearing virtuous kills virtue

22 May 2022 1:10 pm

‘Don’t judge a book by its cover.’ As overused, meaningless phrases go, that’s one for the ages. It’s also blatantly…

Rowan Dean's election comment

21 May 2022 10:10 pm

Scott Morrison and the Coalition did not lose government last night. They lost it on November 1 last year, when…

Labor’s boats are back

21 May 2022 4:30 pm

The votes haven’t been counted for Saturday’s federal election, but the boats are already on their way. Illegal immigration used…

Albanese should support Scomo’s super access

21 May 2022 2:10 pm

Labor politicians and union representatives need a failsafe check on their emotional outbursts whenever the Liberal Party proposes changes to…

Compulsory voting keeps Australia conservative

21 May 2022 11:40 am

Election time brings with it the old complaints of libertarians and the lazy who mumble about having to make their…

Hydrogen – the magic rainbow gas

21 May 2022 9:30 am

If you believe in the tooth fairy, or vote Green, you probably believe that hydrogen is the magic rainbow gas…

Over easy Albanese fried on both sides

21 May 2022 4:00 am

Anthony Albanese has claimed the Liberal advertising campaign slogan – ‘Life won’t be easy under Albanese’ – is racist bullying that…

#Monkeypox: apocalypse 2.0

20 May 2022 7:52 pm

Alright, hands up – who had #Monkeypox on their 2022 apocalypse ‘bingo!’ card? In response to widespread hysteria sweeping social…

We need passion in our politics

20 May 2022 1:00 pm

With only one sleep until polling day, I am firmly convinced that neither the Liberals nor Labor should be allowed…