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Nothing soft — or cheap — about our border protection

April 17, 2009

The most alarming thing about our border protection arrangements in north-western Australia is not that they are insufficient, it’s that they are far in excess of what is justified.

Where are the Coalition’s politicians of conscience?

April 17, 2009

In 2001, the Liberal Party demonised and ostracised anyone who disagreed with their asylum seeker policy. What has changed?

Garnaut to have “another crack” at ETS

April 17, 2009

Ross Garnaut says he will "have another crack" at making a better ETS, but is still unsure whether it's best to pass the current one for the time being.

Liberal Party boofheads

April 17, 2009

The cause of the Liberal Party's woe isn't Kevin Rudd or the ALP or a bribed electorate refusing to realise their mistake -- it's the members and representatives of the Liberal Party itself.

Asia will be China’s. Will we be prepared?

April 16, 2009

The Government's looming defence White Paper will need to address the challenges of power shifts in Asia, writes Hugh White in a new Lowy Institute paper.

Comitatus: Rudd vs Howard at 17 months

April 16, 2009

Another quarter has passed, so it’s probably time we updated our Howard vs. Rudd polling comparisons.

NSW anti-corruption watchdog faces unrelenting pressure

April 16, 2009

Yet another attempt has been made to re-define the meaning of "corrupt conduct" as determined by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption.

I’ll compile your secret black list, Minister Conroy

April 16, 2009

If you want the country moulded by an invisible hand, Stephen, and I notice you do, then I’m the guy, writes Anson Cameron.

Will those damn alcopops never go away?

April 16, 2009

The nation’s 15-year-olds have much to answer for.

Budget countdown: health caught in a catch 22

April 16, 2009

The more successful our health system, the longer Australians live -- and the longer they will need aged care services of all varieties.