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Where is the government condemnation of Rio Tinto?

Where is the government condemnation of Rio Tinto?

Bernard Keane October 19, 2017 11 Comments

The Brits had a go at Rio Tinto and have already settled. The Americans are now having their go. But in Australia, our corporate regulator is studiously silent.

How Labor could mess with Turnbull’s head on energy

How Labor could mess with Turnbull’s head on energy

Bernard Keane October 19, 2017 5 Comments

If Labor signed on to the government's energy policy, it would deliver everything Malcolm Turnbull doesn't want, including more fuel for Tony Abbott's vendetta.

Yale Diaries: Michelle Obama, football and the limits of silence

Yale Diaries: Michelle Obama, football and the limits of silence

vening.jack@gmail.com October 18, 2017 3 Comments

A recent conversation between Michelle Obama and Roxane Gay illustrates that the idea we can "stay out" of politics is a false one, writes our Yale correspondent, freelance writer Emma Shortis.

Rundle: why the middlebrow culturati declared war on HSC students over a poem

Rundle: why the middlebrow culturati declared war on HSC students over a poem

Guy Rundle October 18, 2017 48 Comments

Gen X, Y and Z culture commanders have rallied the troops after a bunch of year 12 students expressed their dislike of a set text from their HSC exams. The horror!

How to extricate yourself from an energy policy jam

How to extricate yourself from an energy policy jam

Bernard Keane October 18, 2017 51 Comments

There are a few tricks to Malcolm Turnbull's new energy policy. Here's how he did it.

Coalition racks up yet another energy policy, this one more to Abbott’s taste

Coalition racks up yet another energy policy, this one more to Abbott’s taste

Bernard Keane October 17, 2017 14 Comments

The government's new energy regulation-based energy policy isn't about trying to avoid a fight with Tony Abbott -- but instead about a desperate government that needs a political weapon.

Billson did nothing wrong — under our hopeless lobbying laws, that is

Billson did nothing wrong — under our hopeless lobbying laws, that is

Bernard Keane October 17, 2017 10 Comments

Our light-touch rules on MPs and lobbying are a relic from an age before politics was professional and lobbying was big business.

Australian neoliberalism meets its conqueror: electricity

Australian neoliberalism meets its conqueror: electricity

Bernard Keane October 16, 2017 28 Comments

The problems of our failed electricity market are the same problems that crop up time and again when market economics is applied to crucial services.

ABC’s ‘exclusive’ with HRC … Hendo’s howlers … Disney copies Aunty ….

ABC’s ‘exclusive’ with HRC … Hendo’s howlers … Disney copies Aunty ….

Emily Watkins October 16, 2017 11 Comments

Aunty's chat with Hillary Clinton isn't that special. And other media tidbits of the day.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

Crikey October 13, 2017

LGBTI media award cancelled ... Australian Christian Lobby loses legal battle .... Myer turns Scrooge? ....