May, 2018

John Lloyd and the fine art of shooting oneself in the foot

, May 23, 2018

Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd is adamant that criticising shadow ministers in private emails is a breach of the public service code of conduct. Which — oops — seems to be exactly what he did.

A Clockwork Penny

, Mar 01, 2018

Penny Wong went wonderfully Stanley Kubrick to get an apology out of Michaelia Cash in Senate Estimates yesterday.

Vanishing public servants and Schroedinger’s emails at estimates

, Feb 27, 2018

Missing public servants and emails in a quantum state of flux dominated the first day of estimates.

The 2017 Pollie of The Year is Dean Smith

, Dec 20, 2017

Our pick for best politicians of 2017 represent different aspects of what it means to be a good senator.

Tips and rumours

, Aug 17, 2017

Can Yarra Council refuse to hold citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day? ... Penny Wong meets B1 and B2 ... Rob Mitchell's (literal) tinfoil hat ...

Matthewson: don’t give homophobes a platform in marriage ‘debate’

, Aug 11, 2017

If you wouldn’t uncritically air the views of anti-vaxxers or climate change conspiracists, you should avoid lending credibility to those who would demonise gays or reframe marriage equality as an attack on free speech.

Fire up the homophobic abuse — the junk mail plebiscite is now on

, Aug 09, 2017

The Senate has knocked off the government's renewed effort to pass a marriage equality plebiscite already, opening the way to a damaging and painful debate that will smear same-sex couples.

Crikey Worm: coal lovers target Turnbull, Ten’s last stand

, Jun 14, 2017

Good morning, early birds. Almost two dozen coal-loving MPs are threatening the PM over the Clean Energy Target, and it might be time to switch off Channel Ten. It's the news you need to know, by Cassidy Knowlton and Max Chalmers.
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Who are the big players in estimates?

, Jun 02, 2017

For senators like Penny Wong, Eric Abetz, Cory Bernardi, Murray Watt, Malcolm Roberts, estimates is their time to shine.
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Huge If True, episode 2: Penny Wong sheep attack

, May 16, 2017

Early reports suggest the Senator has avoided serious injury.