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Topic archives: John Howard

Razer: Dutton’s ‘African gangs’ rubbish breaks with old-school Howard bigotry

January 9, 2018 35

Howard was a man whose bigotry may have been truly driven by policy. Peter Dutton is perhaps a politician driven by bigotry alone, writes Helen Razer.

Sam Dastyari wasn’t the first to take Chinese money, just ask Howard

December 19, 2017 5

Chinese influence in Australia and elsewhere is being exert via "sharp power", and you wont have to look far to find those who are happy to play a part.

Sorry, conservatives, but even Howard would struggle now

November 29, 2017 24

If only Malcolm Turnbull had the political skills of John Howard, dealing with One Nation and the Nationals would be easier, goes the argument. It doesn't wash.

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

November 24, 2017 9

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

Abbott lionises murderous thug, fans the flames of campus culture war

November 21, 2017 11

Tony Abbott recently went out of his way to compare Paul Ramsay -- whose foundation is funding the establishment of the Ramsay Centre For Western Civilisation -- to ... Cecil Rhodes.

Rundle: Howard and Abbott are delusional, self-indulgent, climate-denying throwbacks

October 12, 2017 72

When you imagine the level of rage that Tony Abbott must be living with, the "climate change is good" speech makes perfect sense.

Solving gun crime is bigger than amnesties and crackdowns: violence prevention expert

October 4, 2017 2

Broader factors need to be fed into the gun-control debate, argue those who study its Australian context.

From Blackout Bill to Juliar: why pejorative nicknames don’t work in politics

September 26, 2017 16

A good political nickname will resonate with the electorate because it reflects a well known aspect of a politician's character. But they rarely do anything more than that.

Rundle: the No campaign reveals its secret weapon

September 19, 2017 66

Honest John has re-emerged to help bolster the case against marriage equality. But will it work?

Marriage equality would be a victory for ‘respectable’ gays, but what about the rest of us?

September 15, 2017 8

This is the pinnacle of marriage equality as respectability: promoting queers as literally indistinguishable from heterosexuals. But this is exclusionary, writes freelance writer Benjamin Riley