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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.

‘The government often responds to rulings they don’t like by giving ministers greater powers’

‘The government often responds to rulings they don’t like by giving ministers greater powers’

Charlie Lewis October 16, 2017 5 Comments

Whenever the government runs into opposition from someone claiming it has broken the rules, the solution is simple: just rewrite the rules.

How Aurizon blazed a trail for companies wanting to fuck over their employees

How Aurizon blazed a trail for companies wanting to fuck over their employees

Charlie Lewis October 16, 2017 1 Comment

The number of applications to terminate agreements across industries has exploded in recent years. And there's one company largely responsible for this trend.

What next for the Citizenship Seven?

What next for the Citizenship Seven?

Sally Whyte October 13, 2017 16 Comments

As the conclusion of the Magnificent Citizenship Seven saga approaches, who will make it through the gunfire, and who will fall?

Hack of defence firm reveals a cybersecurity framework in chaos

Hack of defence firm reveals a cybersecurity framework in chaos

Bernard Keane October 12, 2017 18 Comments

While endlessly talking about the importance of cybersecurity, the government has an all-care-no-responsibility attitude toward its defence data.

Rundle: Howard and Abbott are delusional, self-indulgent, climate-denying throwbacks

Rundle: Howard and Abbott are delusional, self-indulgent, climate-denying throwbacks

Guy Rundle October 12, 2017 72 Comments

When you imagine the level of rage that Tony Abbott must be living with, the "climate change is good" speech makes perfect sense.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: it is a tragedy that Nick Xenophon is leaving the Senate

Hinch’s Senate Diary: it is a tragedy that Nick Xenophon is leaving the Senate

Derryn Hinch October 12, 2017 7 Comments

Less than less than 18 months after getting re-elected, Xenophon announces he’s going home. He’s quitting the Senate to go play in the South Australian state election next year as a small pond powerbroker/kingmaker/self-promoter.