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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (Image: AAP/Bianca De Marchi)

Government needs to start governing, fast

The Albanese government has been busy diplomatically since the election, but where’s the promised ‘change’ domestically?

Former NSW deputy premier John Barilaro (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett)

Killing off jobs for mates is now within reach

Voters no longer accept jobs for mates being awarded by politicians. But if we want to fix the whole broken system, we need to bypass politicians altogether.

Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov (Image: Nobel Prize Outreach/Geir Anders Rybakken Ørslien)

Press freedom in death throes as autocrats shutter media outlets of Nobel laureates

Less than a year after journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov were anointed the Nobel Peace Prize for fighting for press freedom, both their media outlets have been forcibly closed.

Leigh Sales on ABC's 7.30 (Image: ABC/7.30)

‘End of Financial Year Sales’ is on tonight. Thanks, Leigh…

The veteran anchor of ABC’s 7.30 program — spanning 12 years and five prime ministerships — will be signing off one final time.

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‘At what point does it start to become coercive?’ Access to reproductive health still highly inequitable

While most contraceptives are subsided through Medicare, many additional services require out-of-pocket costs.

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NATO criticises China’s ‘coercive policies’ as regional arms race builds

Total global military spending reached record levels in 2021, and the number of weapons being purchased worldwide only continues to grow.

When Albanese meets Macron, will they be talking about nukes — uranium sales rather than submarines?

With Macron seeking to expand France’s nuclear energy industry, Australia has the potential to expand its supply of uranium to the nation.

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How an asteroid almost hit Earth and shocked the United Nations

Less than a decade ago, an asteroid the size of a small cabin exploded above a town in Russia. No one knew it was coming.

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Lidia Thorpe, Linda Burney and Jacinta Price (Images: Greens/Facebook/Supplied)

Albanese wants a quick resolution of the Voice question. He’s dreaming

First Nations MPs are gaining in number and power. Might a Voice to Parliament uniquely undermine them?

Independent candidates Dr Monique Ryan and Allegra Spender (Images: AAP)

Census data reveals well-off seats no longer rusted-on for Liberals

The release of 2021 census data shows that long-held presumptions about safe Liberal seats are now shaky.

Content about the Johnny Depp v Amber Heard defamation trial dominated the internet, primarily content favouring Depp (Image: TikTok)

Trial over, Depp v Heard content creators are pivoting to new topics or going dark

TikTok and YouTube creators relentlessly made content for their audience’s insatiable interest in the Depp v Heard trial. When it finished they asked: what’s next?

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Australia is more than a set for US stories: why government needs to back local film

Until streamers and policymakers offer significant support, there’ll continue to be paltry Australian content on streaming services, writes Australian Writers Guild executive director Claire Pullen.

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Bust-up at the Judith Neilson Institute offers a chance to rethink our media future

Should monetary support for Australia’s media ecosystem fill gaps in traditional platforms, or help them transition to a more diverse future?

Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch (Image: EPA/Andrew Gombert)

Fox and Murdochs lose another round in US$1.6b court case over channel’s Trump-inspired ‘rigged’ election reports

A US judge has given Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch more bad news in the suit brought by Dominion Voting Systems: sorry, guys, the case goes on.

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While politicians are settling in, aged care faces a worst-case scenario on workforce

A report from CEDA shows a dramatic worsening in our aged care workforce problem — with little sign the government is rushing to fix it.

Our weird ignoring of COVID is part of a long history of arbitrary decisions about death

Who decides what deaths we deem to be important? As our current response to COVID shows, it’s complex and arbitrary.

Anti-abortion lobby’s false narratives about terminating pregnancy debunked

Abortions save lives. Women will die in the United States now Roe v Wade has been overturned by the US Supreme Court.

From leader to loser: Roe decision makes US an outlier on abortion

Nearly 50 years ago America led the world in liberalising abortion laws. Now it joins Iran, North Korea and Russia in shredding them.

Cows, camping and wine tasting: TikTok users are sending coded messages to women seeking safe abortions

Social media users in the US and Canada are offering their homes and their help to women seeking out-of-state-abortions following the overturning of Roe v Wade.

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Top End trash … Dom’s dig at Gladys … another PR yellow card

Who’s dumping on our Top End? And credit where credit is due: the NSW premier made a good funny. These and plenty more from the bunker.


Why don’t we hear ‘I told you so’ more?

Even as evidence mounts that climate change is very real and very dangerous, those who warned us aren’t crowing about it.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese with US President Joe Biden at Tokyo's Quad meeting  (Image: AP/Evan Vucci)

Albanese connects the domestic and foreign policy dots on climate

The prime minister deftly provided another reason for going further and faster on climate policy at the Quad meeting in Tokyo.

Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese (Image: AAP/AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Voter revolution delivers new politics

The major parties are looking at a new scenario — they can no longer hold urban seats while trying to keep ‘mainstream Australia’ happy.

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