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By keeping schtum, Morrison sows dangerous seeds — and lets right-wing extremism flourish

For many in the Coalition it's fine to shut down Islamist extremism, but a scourge on free speech to gag right-wing incitement to violence.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres (Image: Michael Sohn/Pool via REUTERS and AAP)

UN urges global action on ‘poison’ spread by technologies

With hate crimes on the rise, the UN takes aim at technology's role in normalising and fostering 'a self-reinforcing vortex of violence'.

Court’s gong is a distraction. The real crusade is to make the unacceptable acceptable

Court's controversy – why offering someone with a known record of bigotry one of Australia's highest honours is a calculated move to normalise repugnant opinions.

The Nationals’ manufacturing fantasy: nonsense policy but smart politics

The Nationals reckon we can create 800,000 manufacturing jobs. It's idiocy -- but attractive idiocy for some.

Australia’s economy is looking good – just so long as the vaccine works

The new forecast from the International Monetary Fund looks good for Australia – but hinges on the success of COVID vaccination campaigns.

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Troy Birthisel (Image: Supplied)

This Australian has spent seven years in a foreign jail without trial. Why?

Troy Russell Birthisel is innocent until proven otherwise. But when will he get the chance to prove his innocence in a Philippine court?

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Morrison fails to read the room as sport shows he’s playing out of his league

After decades of the right using racism to wedge the left, professional sports players have now wedged the right between past and future.

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Should the government be liable for Craig Kelly’s dangerous misinformation?

Craig Kelly has morphed regressively into a Pete Evans-level conspiracy theorist. Will Scott Morrison grow a spine and call him out?

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Record-breaking job figures a sign of national optimism. Let’s hope it lasts

Nobody expected the labour market to recover this quickly. But fresh challenges loom with the winding back of JobKeeper and JobSeeker.

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Strides on HomeBuilder, stagnant on homelessness: a decade of rising rental stress

Would the cash allocated for HomeBuilder be better spent on social housing?

Health Department secretary Brendan Murphy (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Brendan Murphy is a great Australian but should he be Australian of the Year?

Should a public servant receive so high an honour just for doing their job?

An evacuee from Wuhan is seen walking in the Christmas Island detention centre in February, 2020 (Image: AAP/Richard Wainwright)

Why Morrison will go back to the future to solve issue of Aussies stranded overseas

The Morrison government is working on a solution to repatriating Australians stuck overseas. But why is it taking so long?

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. (AP/Esteban Felix

The ins and outs of the ‘swings and roundabouts’ of Australia’s vaccine rollout

Threats to sue from Italy, a bit of argy-bargy between the EU and the UK. The global program isn't going as smoothly as hoped.

Xi Jinping delivers his speech to the World Economic Forum (Image: EPA/Supplied)

Xi sends a message the world can’t ignore. Here’s how it has been interpreted

In Australia, analysts have focused on Xi Jinping's comments on free trade. But overseas, his remarks are seen as a message for the new US administration.

Former Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Not on my watch: Holgate report leaves nobody satisfied — or nailed

The government quietly dropped the report on Friday afternoon. And it's easy to see why.

Governor-General David Hurley (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Yes, governor-general. Who really runs the Order of Australia awards?

With the decision to award Australia's highest honour to Margaret Court, it feels eerily as though Yes, Minister has come to Yarralumla.

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A day for all Australians — and there’s $10m to make sure you know it

The Morrison government has more than tripled the amount of funding it allocates to the National Australia Day Council, with most of it being spent on an ad campaign.

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Searching times for small business. Break up, make up or go down?

If Google pulls its search engine from Australia, the consequences could be devastating for small businesses.

Protesters at the 2020 Invasion Day rally in Melbourne (Image: AAP/James Ross)

ABC’s Invasion Day own goal will hinder rather than help needed change

The ABC's decision to condone the use of the term 'Invasion Day' plays straight into the hands of those unwilling to entertain change.

Google Australia and New Zealand managing director Melanie Silva (Image: Google)

Could small businesses survive a Google-less Australia?

This major Coalition constituency could soon face real crisis.