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Dennis Atkins — Freelance journalist

Dennis Atkins

Freelance journalist

Dennis Atkins is a freelance journalist based in Brisbane where he was a national political editor during the Howard government.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (Image: AAP/Daniel Hicks)

Queensland LNP could learn a thing or two from New Zealand

Kiwi PM Jacinda Ardern is writing the script for how to win an election in the midst of chaos. But in Queensland, only one side appears to be taking notice.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (Image: AAP/Dan Peled)

Premier confuses the public but once again finds herself ahead of the curve

Annastacia Palaszczuk's strict border controls have been controversial (and confusing), but the breaks have gone her way.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (Image: AAP/Darren England)

With Trad out of the way, the choice facing Queenslanders becomes more clear

October’s Queensland state election is increasingly shifting away from being a referendum on Labor’s record in government to a choice between Annastacia Palaszczuk and Deb Frecklington.

Scott Morrison delivers the 2019 Lowy Institute Lecture. (Image: AAP/Bianca De Marchi)

Morrison hitches his wagon to Boris and Trump's chaotic convoy

Morrison doesn’t care that he’s easily lumped with Trump and Johnson, which suggests he thinks this will play well with those 'quiet Australians' he summons at every turn.

Scott Morrison and Joe Hockey in Washington DC (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

How Australia jumped on Trump's conspiracy bus

The government isn't being forthcoming about what lies ahead, but there are already plenty of weird twists and turns to reflect on.

RBA governor Philip Lowe and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (Image: AAP/David Geraghty)

It's crunch time for the Australian economy

How would you feel if the Reserve Bank threw open the window and starting dumping cash on the street? It might be their only option if interest rate cuts can't boost the Australian economy.


Morrison's Pentecostal pal will continue to cause him headaches

Scott Morrison has arrived back from the US with a fresh headache after rumours surfaced that he tried to get controversial Hillsong Church leader Brian Houston on his state dinner invite list.

(Image: AAP/Dan Peled)

Percentage of people who take climate change seriously remains stubbornly low

New research shows that the number of people "very concerned" about climate change remains stuck at 40%. Is our lack of faith and trust in government to blame?

(Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Pauline and Jacqui: the Senate's ultimate odd couple

These two make for a seriously weird pair in politics right now — and they have more power than ever before.

An American and Australian flag hang from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (Image: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Will Trump and Morrison follow in the footsteps of Holt and LBJ?

The price of Trump's hospitality may well be cementing the Australia-US military bond even further.