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The day John Howard didn’t like an anti-Muslim scare campaign

The day John Howard didn’t like an anti-Muslim scare campaign

Bernard Keane November 24, 2017 9 Comments

John Howard is suddenly worried about scare campaigns targeting Muslims. So ... what's changed his mind?

Bad apples: what would a banking inquiry look like?

Bad apples: what would a banking inquiry look like?

vening.jack@gmail.com November 24, 2017 7 Comments

With calls for a royal commission into banks gaining volume, what questions should we be asking?

If the government wants to cut taxes, it should be like Labor or Tony Abbott

If the government wants to cut taxes, it should be like Labor or Tony Abbott

Bernard Keane November 24, 2017 2 Comments

While insisting that Labor is the party of higher taxes, the government plans to hike taxes far above the levels even of Tony Abbott's government, let alone Julia Gillard's.

LEAKED: Katter Party’s overwhelmingly pro-big hats legislative agenda

LEAKED: Katter Party’s overwhelmingly pro-big hats legislative agenda

Crikey November 24, 2017 4 Comments

There's also good news in there for people who commute on horseback.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: the Steven Bradbury of Parliament

Hinch’s Senate Diary: the Steven Bradbury of Parliament

Derryn Hinch November 23, 2017 9 Comments

The section 44 brouhaha has dragged on so long, and unless we get tougher there's no end in sight, writes senator Derryn Hinch

Foreign policy white paper sure to enrage China lobby

Foreign policy white paper sure to enrage China lobby

Bernard Keane November 23, 2017 26 Comments

Despite the wrath of the China lobby, the government has dealt competently with China's growing militarism and attempts to interfere in the region, including Australia.

Philip Ruddock is here to save us from secular persecution

Philip Ruddock is here to save us from secular persecution

Bernard Keane November 22, 2017 30 Comments

Funny how, when people go from wielding power to having it wielded at them, they change their mind about how it should be used.

The Shorten Manifesto: what does the alternative PM actually want for Australia?

The Shorten Manifesto: what does the alternative PM actually want for Australia?

Crikey November 22, 2017 13 Comments

You'd be forgiven for liking Bill Shorten solely for his stirring oratory abilities, but with the Coalition springing leaks, it's worth reminding yourself what Labor actually stands for. Lisa Divissi reports.

Australians want bold leadership, not timid bureaucrats, says Terry Moran

Australians want bold leadership, not timid bureaucrats, says Terry Moran

Harley Dennett November 22, 2017 1 Comment

Influential former public servant Terry Moran says Australians want a more robust public service.

The calculation Turnbull must make on banking royal commission

The calculation Turnbull must make on banking royal commission

Bernard Keane November 21, 2017 9 Comments

Given the odds of a successful parliamentary move to initiate an inquiry into the banks, the government should seize control of the issue and establish its own -- negative headlines be damned.