A rotten end to a rotten year for a rotten government
No wonder Scott Morrison wants only a handful of sitting days in the first half of next year — he has no legislative agenda to pursue, even if he could be sure his own backbench would support it.
Labor won the final parliamentary weeks. Does that even matter?
Labor may hold a comfortable lead in the polls, but there's still concern and frustration that the opposition's message lacks cut-through.
Christian Kerr: the living — and now departed — reason why anonymity has power in politics
No one really knows just how many sources this trailblazer had but they gave him the ammunition to shock the bejesus out of Australian politics.
The outing of Hillary Bray
When Christian Kerr exploded on to the scene in the pages Crikey, politics had never seen anything like him. And his old friend Susan Brown believes it never will again.
Excuses, excuses — but there’s no justification for this kind of tactic
When do excuses for bad behaviour, criminal or otherwise, become as offensive as the behaviour itself? More and more often, it seems.
Frydenberg faces pressure on multiple fronts — and he hasn’t even started fighting for his seat yet
The treasurer is copping it from all sides as he backs another long-shot candidate in the looming Kew byelection. Will the pressure carry over to Kooyong?
Scott Morrison is a bully. Just ask Bridget Archer and Julia Banks
With a 'close supportive friend' like the prime minister, female Liberal MPs would have to be asking: who needs an enemy?
Mutant (reporting) on the march: why we are wary of Omicron catastrophising
The Australia media were poised to make the Omicron variant the next viral bogeyman. But two years of pandemic has wised us up.
One reason why robbing an armoured truck isn’t a good idea (apart from the obvious)
With most people making payments via card or phone, cash is in terminal decline. Is this the banknote's last gasp?
Australia, sorry, but we really need to talk about inheritance tax
With inheritances set to grow in the next two decades, a tax could temper intergenerational equality while generating government revenue, if implemented in the right way.
Guilty until proven innocent: America is finally facing up to injustice
In the last three decades, nearly 3000 prisoners in the US have had their convictions overturned. That may be the tip of the innocence iceberg.
COVID reveals an amoral world devoid of global governance
As countries scramble to contain and control the Omicron variant, all thoughts of caring and sharing vaccines collapsed in a shameful heap.
Omicron is a wake-up call: we can’t just vax the rich
The effects of the variant's rise are still being determined, but its spread gives the world an opportunity to tackle COVID, and fairly this time.
Climate lies: countries are trying to dupe the UN on emissions data
A startling new report has shown how many countries are misreporting emissions data and pushing flawed models. What else are big polluters trying to get away with?
Never mind climate plan nonsense — feel the politics. (And the press gallery falls for it)
The media seem to have decided the climate policy is second in importance to whether Scott Morrison can pull off another election win.
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.
Fighting trolls or helping media mates? The truth about Morrison’s social media bill
What's in a name? Nothing much as far as the Social Media (Anti-Trolling) Bill goes. It's less about online abuse and more about helping publishers.
Jenkins report prompts former Tudge staffer to allege emotional, physical abuse
The sex discrimination commissioner's scathing review has given women a welcome freedom to call out workplace harassment and abuse.
Et tu, Rupert? New questions on PM’s business mates and a quarantine deal
Even Sky News is now asking questions about 'the curious story of friends of the PM and the contract with no tender'. A sign of things to come?
Crikey Talks: Guy Rundle on the whys and the hows of Scott Morrison, PM
In the latest Crikey Talks event, correspondent-at-large Guy Rundle gives his shrewd judgment on what makes the prime minister electable.
Propaganda and access: why the media struggles to call out political liars
In an edited extract from his new book, Bernard Keane discusses the role of the media in the rise of liars — both in supporting them and in refusing to call them out.
PM’s war on social media might be just the right pitch he needs to middle Australia
How real is the concern around social media and its impact on families? It might just be real enough for Scott Morrison to build a 'family values' election campaign around it.
Sweden used to be a sanctuary for refugees. No longer
In 2015, Swedes took immense pride in the country’s decision to accept 163,000 refugees, most from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. But a lot has changed since then.
Have we already forgotten the lessons of the Ever Given?
The blocking of the Suez Canal is becoming a distant memory as consumers, governments and economies ignore the vital lessons of the debacle.
Rudd: Morrison should not be attacked for his faith. But he should tell us how it affects his politics
It's not unreasonable or intrusive for Australians to ask how Scott Morrison's religious faith impacts on his political behaviour and decision-making, writes former prime minister Kevin Rudd.
It’s time to call it out: Scott Morrison doesn’t care about secular accountability
In a new series, Crikey asks: what governs Scott Morrison? A dedication to Australia, or a dedication to his own faith — and above all, himself?
The good word: a compendium of Scott Morrison’s godly quotes
The PM has never shied away from making his faith known, but it's the cryptic references — the hidden meanings — that speak volumes about his mentality.
‘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.
Seeing Red, feeling Blue: pastiche pop and the power of the persona
New albums by Taylor Swift, a pop-music genius, and Lana Del Rey, a pop-culture project, illustrate two extremes of the musical spectrum.
Modernism is back in architecture. But it’s not all bad — really
If the Australian Institute of Architects Awards are anything to go by, modernism is back, baby. Guy Rundle reviews the good, the bad, and the mildly depressing.
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.