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Evans to announce immigration overhaul

Crikey August 31, 2009

Immigration policy is to be overhauled, with Immigration Minister Chris Evans calling for sophisticated public debate on immigration and for the public to stop focusing on the hysteria of immigrants as potential terrorists.

Australia: the pot calling the kettle black in the pacific

Crikey August 30, 2009

Australia's treatment of its own indigenous people seriously undercuts its credibility as a moral leader on human rights in the pacific region, says the Fiji Daily Post.

What a liberal Bill of Rights could look like

Crikey August 28, 2009 15 Comments

Let's call a spade a spade: the debate over Australia's Bill of Rights is really a debate on how government power should be limited, says Timothy Brown.

The canny game of Rob Oakeshott

Bernard Keane August 28, 2009 1 Comment

Independent MP Rob Oakeshott is no mug. You don’t have a track record of electoral success as an independent like his without some serious political smarts. So why is he gushing over PM Kevin Rudd?

Racist, not working: UN bashes NT intervention

Chris Graham August 28, 2009 106 Comments

Make no mistake, the United Nations' criticism of Australia's Northern Territory intervention was a flogging of colonial proportions.

Costello’s ABC attacks should be addressed

Costello’s ABC attacks should be addressed

Crikey August 28, 2009 20 Comments

The ABC is "hostile territory" for conservative politicians, says Peter Costello in his latest op-ed. This is a serious attack on the ABC's editorial professionalism and should be treated as such.

Does the parliamentary process discriminate?

Crikey August 28, 2009

John Howard's rejection of a charter of rights in comparison with the UN's criticism of the Northern Territory Intervention, highlights the problems with Australia's parliamentary process, writes wmmbb.

Good judgement shown on stimulus

Crikey August 28, 2009

The government has been pragmatic and willing to make appropriate changes to the economic stimulus package, once criticism of the school buildings program emerged, writes The Australian.

Australia needs left-wing patriots

Crikey August 28, 2009

Patriots and progressives have been suspicious of each other in Australia, ever since the Howard years. It's time for the Left to realise that anti-patriotism alienates potential voters, writes Tim Soutphommasane.

Australians and the death penalty: 50 years of public opinion

Possum Comitatus August 28, 2009

A new Roy Morgan poll tracks public opinion on death penalty and imprisonment all the way back to 1947. Have we softened in our views, or capitulated to a climate of fear? Possum Comitatus crunches the numbers.