Topic archives: Federal

Taxpayers foot $2 million bill for jetsetting pollies during election campaign

January 11, 2017 8

Australian taxpayers paid over $2 million for politicians to fly around Australia during the eight-week 2016 federal election campaign.

Greens kiss and make up, but tensions linger

Greens kiss and make up, but tensions linger

October 13, 2015

The NSW Greens have backed down from their threat of withholding funding from the federal branch of the party.

Why do police want their own mobile broadband network?

September 24, 2015 1

In times of crisis, mobile networks can become clogged with people trying to reach fire, ambulance and police services. Does that mean emergency services should have their own networks?

Brandis stripped of copyright, IP in Turnbull shake-up

Brandis stripped of copyright, IP in Turnbull shake-up

September 22, 2015 4

Mitch Fifield will take over responsibility for legislation relating to online piracy, perhaps ultimately shifting the government's stance.

Turnbull loyalists reap the spoils in new-look cabinet

Turnbull loyalists reap the spoils in new-look cabinet

September 21, 2015 11

Who's in, who's out, who got a promotion and who's out the door?

Taxing online retail sales? Not for all the GST in China

Taxing online retail sales? Not for all the GST in China

September 18, 2015 11

Enforcing GST payments on overseas retail sales will be an economic and logistical nightmare.

Government expands access to facial recognition system

Government expands access to facial recognition system

September 10, 2015 6

Just who will be able to access the government's new facial recognition "hub"?

Campaign scorecard: Abbott bounces back with ‘sex appeal’

Campaign scorecard: Abbott bounces back with ‘sex appeal’

August 14, 2013 13

Crikey asks the sharpest political commentators which leader got the best of the campaigning day yesterday, plus we track where the leaders are and what cash promises they’ve made …

The fastest school spending spree in history doesn’t add up

March 25, 2009 6

It's time for the national media to start asking questions about the execution of a program that the PM himself admits is the biggest national logistical challenge since World War 2, writes Stephen Mayne.

Is Turnbull’s honeymoon over?

March 24, 2009 26

The one steady factor in recent Newspolls has been the decline in Turnbull’s satisfaction ratings and the increase in his dissatisfaction ratings, writes Bernard Keane.

The Australian economy is all over the shop

February 11, 2009 1

The scatty nature of the slowing Australian economy is showing up in the interim results from banks, retailers, media companies, property, building and some of our major global groups, writes Glenn Dyer.

This is no time for playing Senatorial politics

January 30, 2009 6

Voters are looking to the Government for action and the opposition had better not get in the way, writes Bernard Keane.

Black promises are little white lies

January 27, 2009 7

What Labor understands is that on issues like Australia Day, we are not capable of a sensible national debate. Oi, Oi, Oi! writes Chris Graham.

The world smirks at Conroy’s censorship plan

January 9, 2009 12

The rest of the world has been smirking at Stephen Conroy's ill-conceived plan to censor Australia's internet for a while now, but a new study published by Brooklyn Law School is a serious embarrassment, writes Colin Jacobs.

Stephen Smith & Kate Ellis: 2008’s sexiest politicians

December 19, 2008 1

And don't they look swell together?

Doing lunch, Darwin style

December 19, 2008

A select crew were invited to lunch in Darwin, with at least two long-standing grudges that, stirred up by a bit of monsoonal heat and lashings of grog, could very likely bust open, writes Bob Gosford.

2008: Dashed dreams and mouldy political compromise

December 19, 2008 38

Politics is more or less based around people of high principles and good will discovering that the obtaining and exercising of power involves doing bad things. Bernard Keane on 2008.

The solar wars: hidden handouts for polluters

December 18, 2008 2

The Government’s environmental credibility, the future of renewable technologies and the reputation of Peter Garrett is at stake, writes Bernard Keane.

Readers’ choice awards: Golden Arsehat nominations

December 17, 2008 6

Here'e a sample of Arsehats suggested by our readers.

Rudd’s no reformer, he’s an economic conservative to the core

December 17, 2008 2

There’s a pattern emerging in Kevin Rudd’s approach to economic policy, and it’s not a healthy one, writes Bernard Keane.