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Crikey clarifier: is it time for term limits?

Crikey clarifier: is it time for term limits?

February 6, 2015 5

Clive Palmer thinks Australia's "shallow political gene pool" would be better diversified through the introduction of term limits. Is he onto something? Crikey intern Rowan Forster weighs the pros and cons.

Grumpy old git gives Turnbull what for

July 21, 2009

In an email to all Liberal MPs, Wilson Tuckey has described his leader, Malcolm Turnbull, as inexperienced and arrogant.

Australia’s human rights record under attack

March 27, 2009

Australia's human rights record has come under scrutiny by the international watchdog, writes Dan Ziffer.

The economic crash may be a boost for health reform

March 26, 2009 2

The economic slump is no excuse for governments to wimp out on health reform, writes Melissa Sweet.

Fitzgibbon affair points to bureaucrats out of control

March 26, 2009 37

There are a number of issues in play in the revelation that Defence has been spying on its own minister. All bear teasing out, writes Bernard Keane.

Aceh’s democratic test

March 26, 2009

On 9 April, Indonesia's province of Aceh will hold elections for its local legislature, illustrating Indonesia’s recent evolutionary process of political maturation, writes Damien Kingsbury.

Why rail projects in NSW cost three times as much as they should

March 26, 2009 7

The gurus at Infrastructure Australia should be asking some hard questions because something seems terribly wrong with the cost of rail construction in NSW, writes Gavin Gatenby.

Rundle: Israel’s de facto apartheid

March 26, 2009 20

One grim upside of Israel's massacre in Gaza has been the way in which a widespread view of the Israeli state has come into alignment with those who know something of the region's history, writes Guy Rundle.

Two new greenhouse gasses discovered

March 25, 2009 2

Two new synthetic greenhouse gases are getting their "debut" at the Greenhouse 2009 atmospheric science conference in Perth this afternoon, writes Ben Sandilands.

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.

Queensland gives hope to the hopeless

March 25, 2009

The ALP has won a lot of elections in the last decade, but few of them have confounded expectations as much as Saturday's victory in Queensland, writes Charles Richardson.

Obama meets Rudd

March 25, 2009

Kevin Rudd and Barack Obama had their first face-to-face meeting today, reports The Age.

The persecution of Marcus Einfeld

March 25, 2009 12

The prosecution of Einfeld has now been turned into a persecution, writes Greg Barns.

Mick Keelty: master of blame dodging

March 25, 2009 21

Mick Keelty may figure that if it's good enough for politicians to duck responsibility, then it’s good enough for chief executives. And he may be right in doing so, writes Bernard Keane.

Take the N out of QLD LNP

March 25, 2009 5

Many of the LNP candidates who were the most successful in Brisbane and the Gold Coast are about as un-National as you can get, writes Bernard Keane.

Khatami: a case for dialogue

March 25, 2009 4

Last night, I was among the crowd by former Iranian President Sayyed Mohammad Khatami, writes Irfan Yusuf.

Why can’t this government make decisions on primary health?

March 24, 2009 5

The health networks across Australia which are funded by the Federal Government to deliver vital primary care services have no idea of their future at this critical time.

Faulkner’s Freedom of Information shake-up

March 24, 2009 2

The Commonwealth Freedom of Information regime faces its biggest shake-up since its inception under draft legislation unveiled by John Faulkner today, writes Bernard Keane.

G4S guards still on the job, despite the death of Ribs Ward

March 24, 2009 3

Regardless of the outcome of the inquest, it is indisputable that Mr Ward died while in the 'care' of G4S employees. So why are they still on the job? asks Michael Winkler.

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.