Coalition loves showering public companies with taxpayers’ money. How does that sit with budget repair?
From lavish federal grant-giving to misspent millions in JobKeeper, the government seems more spendthrift than scrupulous.
‘What chance is there of a fair election in Queensland against the combined influence of Murdoch and Palmer?’
Veteran journalist Kerry O’Brien on the fraying edges of democracy in Australia, and of the government’s systemic destruction of the ABC.
Where were women in the Coalition’s campaign launch? Certainly not in its homeownership policy
The Morrison government’s new housing policies will worsen the gender gap — hurting women while enriching older white males.
Morrison goes all in on housing, while Advance Australia found in breach of electoral law
The PM spruiked his policy to let first-home buyers use super to buy property, even as his own minister admitted it would increase prices.
Morrison’s Australia — where being young is an economic crime
Scott Morrison’s policy of allowing young Australians to raid their super to buy houses is part of a wide-ranging assault on the economic interests of young people.
Every ‘bricks and mortar’ intervention results in the same thing: higher prices, not greater ownership
Great for homeowners, rotten for homebuyers — Saul Eslake explains that the government’s super-for-housing proposal will join the long list of schemes that simply push home prices up.
Sweden formally launches NATO bid
Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson says the government has made a formal decision to join the NATO military alliance.
Father, son and ghost of Duterte in the Philippines as Marcos Jr poised to take reins
The son of the disgraced and exiled former president is set to assume the presidency after the brutal regime of Rodrigo Duterte ends on June 30.
Trapped: Australia’s economy is hostage to the housing market, and neither party is willing to save us
The politics of Morrison’s super-for-homes announcement is obvious and desperate. But what of the economics of this ongoing obsession with the housing market?
Electioncast: How has Scott Morrison dudded young Australians?
Letting first-home buyers dip into their super is just the latest example of how Scott Morrison’s policies have put young Australians last.
The government is no friend or ally to women, and the alternatives still have work to do if they’re going to provide representation and support.
It would be rather foolhardy to believe Kevin Rudd’s old electorate will remain safely in ALP hands after May 21.
A biography of bullshit: some of the greatest lies in history
In this week spent highlighting the lies and falsehoods of our current prime minister, we need to remember that, in historical terms, he’s an amateur.
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Wanted: an MP who can deliver a good life without trashing the planet
Permaculturist and mother-of-four Delldint Fleming typically votes Greens, but this time it will be the quality of the candidate, not party politics, that will win her support.
‘Appalling disregard’: Australia’s offshore processing slammed after leaked emails show Nauru police mocking suicide, self-harm threats
The emails show how refugees and asylum seekers are still harming themselves, even as police officers made jokes about their plight.
Tumbling markets may derail Elon Musk’s US$46 billion Twitter indulgence
Rising inflation and a bearish sell-off of tech stocks may threaten the Tesla CEO’s ambitious takeover of the social media platform.
Life in a one-paper town: how the West has been covering the election
In WA, where almost all print publications are owned by one company, a paper such as The West Australian has far-reaching influence.
All the views fit to publish but not necessarily print: why the media landscape will be different in 2025
We’re already seeing the impact of weakened news media in this election campaign. And print newspapers in particular face a grim future.
Should NDIS funding and reform be an election issue? Richard Hamon’s story leaves little doubt of the answer
Instead of the NDIS making life easier for Australians with disabilities, its stalling and haggling over funds create emotional and physical distress.
Mental health a sticking issue in marginal seats hit by fires, floods and the pandemic
Psychological help services are a major concern for the marginal seat of Gilmore, following a cluster of suicides after the region was devastated by environmental catastrophes.
Why did the Morrison government so badly handle the pandemic? Because it favoured party mates over public servants
The shocking and often fatal consequences of the prime minister’s mishandling of the COVID plague is mind-boggling.
As the world burns: climate crisis turns the heat up on Labor and the Coalition
The world is sleepwalking into a catastrophe but the major parties would rather end the climate wars than seriously reduce emissions.
Climate is being ignored, especially by the ABC — and the loudest voice is of denialists
Data from Isentia shows that climate change has so far been missing in action in the coverage of most media outlets throughout the election campaign.
Fungi? Not so much. Why fungal infection could be the source of our next pandemic
Fungal infections are already prominent in many parts of the world. Climate change and other environmental factors are accelerating them.
‘Now or never’: Australia’s responses to decades of damning IPCC climate reports
The latest report is the most damning yet so we’ve charted three decades of Australia’s climate policy to gauge our progress, or lack of it.