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Inland rail will make its $8 billion back, government says

Inland rail will make its $8 billion back, government says

Bernard Keane May 25, 2017 10 Comments

Contradicting earlier reports, the government now says the proposed inland rail line will make back all of the whopping $8.4 billion that will be spent on a line through inland NSW.

Turnbull’s infrastructure plans built on shaky ground, but escape proper scrutiny

Turnbull’s infrastructure plans built on shaky ground, but escape proper scrutiny

Bernard Keane May 24, 2017 10 Comments

There's no evidence we're getting infrastructure spending or decision-making right at the Commonwealth level.

Poll Bludger: despite shifting public attitudes on abortion, criminalisation remains in Qld, NSW

Poll Bludger: despite shifting public attitudes on abortion, criminalisation remains in Qld, NSW

William Bowe May 15, 2017 11 Comments

To the extent that abortion’s technical status as a criminal offence remains, it's clearly the case that the law is running behind public opinion.

Poll Bludger: One Nation legal woes spell electoral trouble for LNP

Poll Bludger: One Nation legal woes spell electoral trouble for LNP

William Bowe May 1, 2017 4 Comments

The prospect of a One Nation crossbench delivering power to the LNP in Queensland is rapidly diminishing.

Will Turnbull pander to Adani with a $900m loan?

Will Turnbull pander to Adani with a $900m loan?

Bernard Keane April 12, 2017 26 Comments

The Turnbull government appears set to expand its rampant protectionism by handing nearly a billion dollars to Adani, while urban infrastructure projects with much greater benefits go begging.

One Nation keeps WA party constitution a secret as former candidates fume

One Nation keeps WA party constitution a secret as former candidates fume

Crikey March 31, 2017 1 Comment

Crikey is aware that no member or candidate was provided with a copy of the constitution for the WA branch of One Nation upon joining the body, writes freelance journalist Tom Ravlic.

Qld Labor’s factional players spar with ‘rogue’ MP Jo-Ann Miller

Qld Labor’s factional players spar with ‘rogue’ MP Jo-Ann Miller

Crikey March 28, 2017 1 Comment

The question now is: will the locally popular Jo-Ann Miller be able to heal the rift within the Queensland Left and move forward in a positive light? Labor insider Ben Chiefly reports.

Ipswich looms as litmus test for One Nation’s success or failure in Queensland

Ipswich looms as litmus test for One Nation’s success or failure in Queensland

Crikey March 24, 2017 1 Comment

New electoral boundaries in Queensland make predicting the successes of Labor, the LNP and One Nation complicated, writes Labor insider Ben Chiefly.

Liberals in crisis: Nats with poor memories fail to secure the flanks

Liberals in crisis: Nats with poor memories fail to secure the flanks

Crikey March 22, 2017 4 Comments

The Nationals have forgotten the lessons from the 1990s about fighting One Nation, and it will harm the Liberal Party in the long term, Bernard Keane and Josh Taylor write.

Croc wars: the case for culling

Croc wars: the case for culling

Crikey Intern March 20, 2017 6 Comments

It is no surprise that the debate around whether or not we should “manage” croc populations re-ignites when attacks like this take place, writes Crikey intern Isabelle Amy.