Politics & policy

The winter of Senator Faulkner’s discontent

Tradition triumphed once again at the weekend’s state Labor Party conference in Sydney, writes Brett Evans.

29 Jul 14 |

How reactive law-making will limit the accountability of ASIO

The Coalition’s new security legislation shows that it hasn’t learnt the lessons of twelve years of terrorism law-making, write Jessie Blackbourn and Nicola McGarrity

24 Jul 14 |

And the rest say “no”

There’s a pattern to the success of attempts to change the Australian constitution, writes Peter Brent, with lessons for advocates of Indigenous recognition

17 Jul 14 |

Back to the future with antibiotic resistance

The evidence is clear and the pressure to act is growing, writes Chris Del Mar. Without a cutback in the use of antibiotics, healthcare faces major disruption

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Dancing in the dark

Both the major parties have made a habit of misinterpreting the polls on climate change, says Peter Brent. The latest results shouldn’t provide any comfort to the Coalition

03 Jul 14 |

There’s something about Victoria

Paul Rodan looks at Victoria’s stubborn tendency to vote Labor in state and federal elections

30 Jun 14 |

The Abbott government’s war on transparency

There’s a worrying thread running through decisionmaking in Canberra, writes Rodney Tiffen

05 Jun 14 |

Mr Gonski and the social contract

Neither Labor nor the Coalition is rising to the challenge posed by Gonski, writes Dean Ashenden

22 May 14 |