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The ugliest Budget in decades way behind schedule

April 6, 2009

The Budget process is significantly behind schedule, according to sources in the Canberra bureaucracy, delayed by the continuing collapse in revenue projections and the need to find all possible savings, writes Bernard Keane.

The week of yellow peril

April 6, 2009

This week, Australian politics was overshadowed by the sinister spectre of Chinese communism.

High Court rejects challenge to $900 bonus payment

April 3, 2009

Australia's $42 billion recession-fighting stimulus package has survived a court challenge. Cue rejoicing on the streets.

Kevin Rudd: the PM who can do no wrong

April 3, 2009

Empathy for politicians from the public is invariably scarce, and yet here are talkback callers putting themselves in Rudd’s position and supporting his behaviour, writes Bernard Keane.

The Ellis view: Kevin Rudd the Chinese lesbian

April 3, 2009

ALP wordsmith Bob Ellis appears to have outdone himself with a biting salvo at the PM’s “muscular timidity” in the latest edition of Overland magazine, writes Andrew Crook.

Planes flying blind at regional airports

April 2, 2009

Australia has tolerated, at airline insistence, the criminally insane mixing of scheduled passenger aircraft and smaller objects, writes Ben Sandilands.

Prison cost-cutter set to run migrant detention

April 2, 2009

An international services company that has attracted extensive criticism of its human rights record is likely to be awarded the new contract to operate immigration detention centres by the Rudd Government, writes Bernard Keane.

Give me Latham any day

April 2, 2009

I'd rather have Latham any day over the boring shallow personality types that populate every nook and cranny of Canberra today, writes a bored Greg Barns.

Conroy’s continued lies and gaffes

April 2, 2009

Computers don't respond to rhetoric, persuasion or emotional appeals. Computers don't have a "mostly" function. Geeks, therefore, demand clear language, writes Stilgherrian.

Slashing middle class welfare will hurt women

April 2, 2009

Here we go again -- the 'middle class welfare' pink flag is raised to justify cutting payments which essentially go to women, writes Eva Cox.