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Rundle spoils the Left’s party on ACT gay marriage

, Oct 23, 2013

The Left is celebrating gay marriage laws in the ACT. But take away the punchbowl -- since when does the Left believe states should make laws in defiance of a universal, federal approach? Beware this precedent.
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Why gumming up federalism won’t help gay marriage

, Jul 30, 2013

Australian states are following the lead of foreign nations in legislation for same-sex marriage. But it creates a constitutional mess that might harm the cause of equal rights.

Most important legislation this year has nothing in it

, Nov 28, 2012

The Australian Education Act -- enshrining reforms from David Gonski's review -- goes before Parliament today. But it won't address the really big questions around education.

The boring, bureaucratic reality of COAG

, Mar 26, 2008

Ministerial meetings sound like the pointy end of Commonwealth-State relations, but in reality, ministerial meetings are highly formal affairs, writes Bernard Keane.

Mungo: Rudd’s Howardish tendencies

, Mar 17, 2008

there is an aspect of Rudd which is disturbingly Howardish, and it has become more obvious in recent days. This a is tendency to meddle in social issues which in the past have been the province of state governments, writes Mungo MacCallum.

Will slow turtle Kevin still win the race?

, Mar 13, 2008

The debate over whether the first months of the Rudd Government have seen real achievement might be assessed in the context of progress on a number of major initiatives. Or lack thereof, writes Bernard Keane.

Crikey Crib Sheets Part 1: Policy Comparisons

, Nov 19, 2007

Presenting your cut-out-and-keep guide to what each party stands for on a range of key policy areas.

Federal take-overs will mean constitutional mayhem

, Aug 21, 2007

The announcement by Mr Howard that more federal intervention is on the way presents the federal-state crisis Australia had to have, writes Klaas Woldring.