Public wakes up to Coalition’s love of secrets. The PM has only himself to blame
Scott Morrison may have gone too far this time in refusing to accept national cabinet does not have confidentiality.
Chinese industry facing power crisis — and Xi’s hostility to Australia is partly to blame
Chinese industry faces a growing energy shortage, reflecting in part Xi Jinping's decision to ban Australian coal imports.
Queenslanders are being left behind on the road to COVID freedom
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has boxed herself into a corner: opening the border could break her promise to 'keep voters safe'.
Complaints, failed appeals and rejected subpoenas: how anti-vax lawyer Nathan Buckley keeps losing
Buckley's COVID crusade could result in serious sanctions for the lawyer.
Dear voters, you don’t deserve me and my awesome genius. I’ll be off
One day you'll regret how you've lost my phenomenal talents — but by then it will be too late.
Zut alors: As the French deal sinks, let’s not forget Christopher
While he was nowhere near the defence portfolio when the contract was awarded, Pyne still made sure he got his space in the media spotlight.
Easy punt: global gambling giants backed a winner in JobKeeper
A global pokies giant was among the recipients of millions in JobKeeper cash, helping ensure a healthy hip-pocket boost for its executives.
‘Medical apartheid’: Fair Work deputy calls forced vaccination coercive and punitive
Lyndall Dean holds a dissenting view from that of her fellow commissioners: that mandatory vaccination is a violation of human rights.
What does fair hospital treatment look like in a vaccine-divided nation?
If an anti-vaxxer becomes desperately ill and needs acute care, should they force the vaccinated to the back of the line? An ethicist says no.
Look back to the future: what 1665, a year of plague, foretells for 2022
Author and journalist Daniel Defoe's chronicle of London's devastation by the bubonic plague teaches us a thing or three about a post-COVID future.
What’s driving property prices up? It’s a matter of interest
Plummeting interest rates lit a fire under house prices in every capital city in Australia, but not everyone can afford to be in the mortgage run.
Burnet notice: institute’s rise and rise in influence — and taxpayer riches
For a not-for-profit, the Melbourne medical research institute has been raking in some tidy sums, both from JobKeeper and international sales.
This year’s models: useful but ultimately probably wrong on the pandemic
Data analysis and modelling is the language of choice for COVID coverage. But we mustn't get carried away. Models are never a crystal ball.
Dan ‘the sledgehammer’ Andrews hits raw, small and painful nerves
Victoria's social fabric is starting to fray as its COVID rules cut deep, and the premier's tough as nails approach isn't helping.
Were the Melbourne protesters lawless unionists or brave freedom fighters?
The union movement is divided on Victoria's vaccine mandates and the construction industry shutdown — but then so is the Coalition.
What would it look like if the media reported on net zero by 2050 properly?
While the media is distracted by the meaningless argument over net zero by 2050, events are being driven by bigger structures and systems than personality politics.
If there’s a climate win to be had, let’s just take it — and worry less about the journey
Achieving net zero is gaining traction but it's going to require compromises and complements. Nevertheless, it's a net positive.
Good COP or bad COP? Why the Glasgow summit is a big deal for Australia
Australia has lost credibility on climate change with the international community. COP26 offers us a change to recover some ground.
What AUKUS means for Australia’s relationships in South-East Asia
Australia fumbled and bumbled its announcement of AUKUS, alienating its regional neighbours with its hubris.
Blue-collar blokes are deserting the left. The future is female
Traditional notions of what constitutes the working class have changed, and Australia needs to recognise the new shape of the class structure.
Piers Morgan is cancel-cultured right into his biggest job yet
Another high-profile gig — this time a global Fox and Sky one — lands in Morgan's lap. Quelle surprise.
Why women journalists are targeted in Twitter’s pandemic wars
Twitter may not be real life, or so we like to tell ourselves, but it and other social media platforms have weaponised against journalists, especially women.
Gladys ending daily COVID pressers is bad news for journalists, good for journalism
The NSW premier's decision to abandon daily press conferences could — and should — force the media to work harder and smarter.
The rich get doses and the poor stay unprotected
Money isn't the reason COVAX, the global vaccine program, isn't a success. The reason is power. Rich countries just keep looking after themselves.
Why has the price of aluminium skyrocketed around the world?
A coup in Guinea — a key bauxite producer — spooked an already jittery market. And things don't look like calming down any time soon.
‘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.
Bruce Pascoe and the making of myth: beyond the culture war, what does it all mean?
A new book offers a forensic unmasking of Bruce Pascoe's work and suggests he is devaluing the true history of Indigenous Australia. Can the issue be investigated without becoming mired in the culture wars?
Bruce Pascoe has become too big to fail — almost impossible to question
Even before questions surrounding Bruce Pascoe's scholarship were raised, it's hard to ignore that Dark Emu has become big business — not least for the companies that support him.
‘The truth is the truth — and should not be hidden because of right-wing agendas’
Lawyer and Indigenous rights activist Michael Mansell has found that trying to raise criticism of Bruce Pascoe leads to being lumped in with right-wing reactionaries like Mark Latham.
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.