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ASIS chief raises fist -- and hackles -- with Duterte

ASIS chief raises fist -- and hackles -- with Duterte

Bernard KeaneAug 23, 2017

The head of Australia's foreign intelligence service has alarmed intelligence circles with an error of judgment in his meeting with strongman Rodrigo Duterte.

Is the government still going through your sewage to find drugs?

Is the government still going through your sewage to find drugs?

Sally WhyteAug 23, 20176 Comments

The government's announcement that jobseekers in Canterbruy-Bankstown will be drug tested shows a departure from original plans to use wastewater to choose locations.

They've got form: how easy is it to nominate for parliament?

They've got form: how easy is it to nominate for parliament?

Bernard KeaneAug 23, 201715 Comments

If MPs and senators can't even fill out the straightforward nomination form to stand for election, which specifically tells them to check that they're eligible, how can they run a government?

Happy warmonger Trump joins the circle of a perpetual war

Happy warmonger Trump joins the circle of a perpetual war

Bernard KeaneAug 23, 201713 Comments

While the foreign policy establishment applauds Trump's conversion to military intervention, they never ask the question of why the War on Terror has been such a spectacular failure.

Peter Costello doubles down on GFC denialism

Peter Costello doubles down on GFC denialism

Bernard KeaneAug 22, 20176 Comments

Peter Costello doesn't know much about the global financial crisis. But he knows what he likes: punitive financial measures.

Freedom of religion is not the right to dictate others' lives

Michael BradleyAug 21, 201723 Comments

Tony Abbott, in his clarion call, said vote No for religious freedom and freedom of speech. Michael Bradley explores how Abbott's invocation of freedom relies on trampling over the freedoms of others.

Even the way we're paying for this plebiscite could cause long-term problems

Even the way we're paying for this plebiscite could cause long-term problems

Michael KeatingAug 21, 201712 Comments

The Turnbull government is paying for the postal plebiscite by bypassing the parliament using an Advance to the Finance Minister. This might not be a legal manoeuvre, and could undermine not only the plebiscite, but future parliamentary procedure, writes former secretary of the Finance Department Michael Keating.

Even free trade advocates are blasting free trade agreements now

Even free trade advocates are blasting free trade agreements now

Bernard KeaneAug 18, 201711 Comments

How should Australia respond if protectionism ramps up across the world? And what can governments do to convince voters of the benefits of free trade? The Productivity Commission has some interesting answers.

Oops, turns out the Nats don't always ask wannabe MPs about their citizenship

Oops, turns out the Nats don't always ask wannabe MPs about their citizenship

Sally WhyteAug 18, 20174 Comments

How could the National Party have missed that three of its 22 federal MPs might be dual citizens?

If Hanson wants to wear a burqa, she should talk to my mum

If Hanson wants to wear a burqa, she should talk to my mum

Irfan YusufAug 18, 20171 Comment

If Pauline Hanson wants to know what it's like to wear a burqa as part of everyday life, perhaps she should ask my mother whether she felt oppressed.