How the pandemic reshaped universities — and delivered on a Coalition dream
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a nightmare for the tertiary education sector — and the government couldn't be happier about it.
Huge salaries, but then crying poor. Are universities their own worst enemies?
University executives take home bloated pay packets and then complain about government underfunding and neglect. Are they part of the problem?
Why is the Morrison government suddenly worried about voter fraud?
The Australian Electoral Commission says multiple voting is 'vanishingly small' so introducing voter ID laws is more culture war than good policy.
What’s in a capital? A load of Cash when it comes to specialist women’s legal centres
Experts say funding does not provide the specialised approach needed by women who have experienced trauma.
A child is missing. Can we do more to find Cleo?
Someone surely heard, saw or knows something about the disappearance of four-year-old Cleo Smith. We must use our many resources to find her.
Farewell, NSW, my job here is done…
And now John Barilaro. Another one bites the dust as the state government shitshow just keeps on giving.
Crown AGM set to be a cracker — and it won’t be the only one
Remuneration strikes, withdrawn constitutional amendments and 'Twiggy' Forrest dodging scrutiny. Stay tuned for scandals and dramas in this year’s corporate AGM season.
Dear Leslie: Are social media pile-ons justified, or is it just mob rule?
Online cancel culture may be rough justice but there are times when it gets the job done. Ethicist Leslie Cannold tackles a thorny topic.
When global journos look at us, what do they see? We’re still a slightly weird mob
'Outsider' journalists are perhaps better placed to notice what Australia is hiding in plain sight.
The National Party is based on a myth. Here is why
Jobs in regional Australia have been transforming for years — and the pandemic is set to push them even further. So who has their eyes on the road?
COVID and school: it’s not just a learning experience. It could save kids’ lives
Children will be exposed to COVID if schools reopen. But evidence of long-term physical and mental harm under lockdown may make exposure the lesser of two evils.
Everything we know about the new COVID-19 variant ‘Delta-Plus’
Preliminary evidence shows the new subvariant could be 15% more contagious. What makes it more transmissible, and is it behind the high case numbers in the UK?
What’s behind Barnaby Joyce and the federal government’s ‘social media crackdown’
Today: behind Barnaby's social media crackdown, Australia's TikTok famous grandma, and an astroturfed fracking campaign.
Restoration of rights: living with COVID means returning personal freedoms
Australians have accepted the shelving of certain rights and freedoms during the pandemic. Now we must ask what we want back.
Our environmental failures go further than net zero. They begin in our backyard
It's not just our inaction on climate change: our governments' reluctance to listen to the experts or spend much-needed money on conservation has us doing other kinds of environmental damage too.
Why 2030 is a bridge too near for climate culprit politicians
Why is the government so reluctant to embrace a worthwhile 2030 emissions target, but happy to talk up big changes by 2050? Because 2030 is uncomfortably close for the current generation of ministers.
Taxpayers are paying this minister’s legal fees but we don’t know what it’s about
Attorney-General Michaelia Cash approved public funding for Michael Sukkar to defend a defamation action. But she couldn't bring details to mind.
The making of a Liberal god
If the jowly, happy-clappy Scott Morrison can scrape his way back into power he will indeed become the Liberals' sainted one.
Net omissions: Morrison delivers a climate plan looking for a policy
Scott Morrison's plan for net zero emissions by 2050 is heavy on spin and light on detail, and leaves us none the wiser about the billion-dollar deals struck with the Nationals.
Facebook has hurt the US. The real scandal is how it treats the rest of the world.
The leaked Facebook Papers show that globally, the social media giant was unwilling or unable to stop its products causing real-world harm.
There’s a looming post-COVID news hole as the media caravan moves on
As the dominant news story of the last two years fades into memory, how should the media consider COVID and its legacy?
The stack, the rort and the backhander: the self-serving plays corrupting government
Taken together, these peculiarly Australian practices are taking the ideological conflict out of politics, replacing it with debates about process and administration.
Colin Powell may be gone, but his doctrine lives on in Joe Biden
As the Biden administration and a new generation of US policymakers learn the hard lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan, the words of the former secretary of state ring true: 'you break it, you own it'.
Pandora Papers reveal the fatal flaw in the West’s fight against autocracy
Western countries and the anonymous financial secrecy tools they provide are playing a critical role in propping up autocratic regimes — the same ones they purport to fight.
‘Without truth, no democracy can stand’: why we are calling out the prime minister
Today Crikey publishes an uncomfortable but important investigation that exposes the prime minister as a systemic, consistent and unremitting public liar.
A national leader with a readiness to lie and a reflex to do so when under pressure
Scott Morrison lies. A lot. And it's particularly true when he's feeling the political heat.
What Steven Pinker gets so wrong about reason
With Rationality, Steven Pinker offers a book unable to see its own grand assumptions, resolving itself into incuriosity and platitudes time and again.
Chronicling an uneasy clash between the political and the moral
Scott Ryan's essay provides insights into how a working politician of a certain type of liberalism thinks -- and also works as a guide to their march to extinction.
We must learn to see the corruption that pervades Australian public life, and restructure it
Australians, and especially our governing class, have normalised soft corruption. If we want things to change, we need to bring back the outrage.
How to end corruption? First break down the code of silence allowing it to thrive
The culture of silence that permits the soft corruption and alleged abuse witnessed in Parliament cannot be allowed to endure.