The great public policy mystery: just why is the Morrison government so inept?
Why does Scott Morrison keep stuffing up so badly? Is it just him, or are there deeper problems in Canberra that mean we can't rely on our government to serve us?
As God is our witness, Hillsong’s mosh pit antics were perfectly legal
Praise the Lord! The NSW government has no problem with young people singing and dancing — so long as they're of a religious persuasion.
Reality bites: in its optimism, the government forgot to plan for Omicron
The PM has bumbled and fumbled as Australia once again succumbs to the ravages of COVID-19. If only he'd thought to act first, gloat later.
Why doesn’t the government give a RATs about a locally made 15-minute test?
An Australian-manufactured rapid antigen test for use by organisations is still awaiting approval by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
Why are proxy advisers still in Frydenberg’s firing line? They were right about Magellan
Magellan Financial Group's troubles were predicted by proxy advisers, which makes it all the stranger that the treasurer still wants to kneecap the industry.
When the law is an ass — and needs its arse kicked
The loving and forgiving Christian God would rain fire and brimstone down upon Scott Morrison's Migration Act's extraordinary 'god power'.
What will 2022 bring for Australia’s news media?
The coming year hints at grim times for traditional news media and increasingly complex times for journalism online.
Tobacco taxes are tapped out but we shouldn’t follow NZ’s ban. Here’s why
Prohibition is the best friend of organised crime and a dangerous idea. Besides, quitting smoking is a new global trend.
Josh Frydenberg has embraced ‘big government’ — and that’s a good thing
The treasurer has sensibly moved the government's position from cutting a way to surplus to growing a way there.
Why an epiphany is needed to cast off the stain of an American insurrection
When Donald Trump's foot soldiers overran the Capitol one year ago, it was all part of a broader conspiracy that makes Watergate look like a garden party.
RAT-f***ed: how Australia missed the boat on rapid COVID tests
This week the PM ordered $62 million worth of rapid antigen tests. By the time they arrive Omicron may have peaked. It's just one more failure.
The internet offers shortcuts in the RAT race, but they aren’t always helpful
With increased demand for rapid antigen tests, people are turning to social media to track them down. But that doesn't always end well.
Omicron blunts economic activity. Could anyone have seen this coming? Well, yes
Australians have gone into their own 'shadow lockdowns' as politicians deny they could have foreseen the situation. But it was inevitable.
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.
When playing God is far easier than winning an election
Nothing says there's an election coming like tough talk on borders. John Howard did it in 2001. Scott Morrison hopes it'll work for him in 2022.
Process? What process? A brief history of federal veto powers
The Coalition — and Labor — are quick to use Commonwealth powers to override decisions they don't like, even those made by experts.
Scott Morrison’s year of lying dangerously
Since Crikey published its initial dossier of Scott Morrison's lies in May 2021, the number of untruths uttered by the prime minister has continued to grow — as has his reputation for mendacity.
Truth stranger than fiction? What the serious media is saying about Novakgate
If you couldn't laugh you'd have to cry — as we suspect our befuddled prime minister is already doing (not to mention the Djoker).
What Crikey readers loved (and loved to hate) in this wonderfully terrible year
You revelled in our coverage of all things political, social and shameful in 2021. Here for your festive delectation are a few of those gems.
Do you want the good news or the bad? Well, you’ll be lucky to get either
Journalism has a vital role in Australia and around the world. But when it's weak and lazy it does democracy a great disservice.
Peacekeeping or power play? What the arrival of Russian troops means for Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan has spent decades trying to balance Russia, China and the West. The deployment of 2500 Russian troops to 'restore order' threatens to disrupt that balance.
Not all anti-vaxxers are equal: some just need better messaging
Vaccine hesitancy is a combination of emotional, social and cultural problems and changing minds should be done with care and sensitivity.
A lesson from the book of Boris: a non-party means a non-apology
A BoJo party isn't a party, more an event to thank staffers and enjoy some lovely weather. Is the prime minister serious?
Food for thought: environmentally friendly goodies that will soon grace your plate
Expect a culinary adventure — but one that could take a little bit of getting used to for the less intrepid eaters among us.
Taking a walk on the rewild side: is it time for a new approach to conservation?
As passive conservation efforts become less and less sufficient, is it time to take a step back and let nature take its turn?
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.
As poetry seems to lose rhyme and reason, Edgar masters technique, complexity and vibrancy
In a time when the form seems to edge towards the commonplace, prize-winning Australia poet Stephen Edgar dares to be extraordinary.
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.