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Cathy Freeman celebrates winning the women's 400 meter race at the Sydney Olympics (Image: AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle, File)

Remember when Australia loved foreigners — and they loved us? Vale Sydney 2000

A lot can change in 20 years. But really, the world changed just one year after the great party.

(Image: AAP/James Ross)

Australian media has an asylum seeker problem

Traditional media has been out of step with its audience on this issue since Tampa — and the government knows it.

How you become Australia’s most powerful bureaucrat

What drives Mike Pezzullo — and how has he earned the title of Australia’s most powerful public servant?

(Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

No, this isn’t Morrison’s ‘Tampa moment’

It's going to take a lot more than the goings-on of the "Canberra bubble" to transform the medivac loss to the Coalition's advantage come election time.

VW knows how to do crisis management ... Albo out of the closet ... Beazley puts full faith in the navy ...

Tips and rumours

VW knows how to do crisis management ... Albo out of the closet ... Beazley puts full faith in the navy ...

Ruddock's frosty reception ... Christians claim victory ... Credlin's new gig ...

Tips and rumours

Ruddock's frosty reception ... Christians claim victory ... Credlin's new gig ...

In making the niqab -- and by extension, Muslims -- an election issue, Stephen Harper is walking a difficult line. Freelance journalist <b>Tim Forster</b> reports from Canada.

Canada’s Conservatives open the Howard playbook

In making the niqab -- and by extension, Muslims -- an election issue, Stephen Harper is walking a difficult line. Freelance journalist Tim Forster reports from Canada.

The asylum policies of the Coalition are not only cruel, they are unworkable, writes <b>John Menadue</b>, Centre for Policy Development director and former Department of Immigration secretary, and <b>Arja Keski Nummi</b>, former first assistant secretary in the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Coalition’s asylum-seeker policy — lost at sea

The asylum policies of the Coalition are not only cruel, they are unworkable, writes John Menadue, Centre for Policy Development director and former Department of Immigration secretary, and Arja Keski Nummi, former first assistant secretary in the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Citizenship is a birthright; reciting or refusing to recite a pledge of allegiance would make zero difference to that.

Tanya Plibersek takes the pledge

Citizenship is a birthright; reciting or refusing to recite a pledge of allegiance would make zero difference to that.

We must safeguard Australia’s national interest by ensuring that the claims of refugees and asylum seekers to Australia’s protection are considered rigorously but with compassion, writes The Centre for Policy Development's <b>John Menadue</b>.

Menadue: urgent need for a new approach to asylum seekers

We must safeguard Australia’s national interest by ensuring that the claims of refugees and asylum seekers to Australia’s protection are considered rigorously but with compassion, writes The Centre for Policy Development's John Menadue.

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