On whether a federal ICAC should have the power to fire parliamentarians, plus plenty more.
JULY 9, 2022

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There are always plenty of great articles in Crikey, but in this chaotic world you might be too busy to read everything we publish. So here’s a curation of some of our finest pieces of the week.

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Peter Fray

Behave badly, get sacked. Why treat MPs differently?

BERNARD KEANE 3 minute read

Politicians are debating whether MPs should be expelled for breaking the rules. There's no point maintaining the status quo that differentiates them from every other worker in the country.

Temby pans ‘wrongheaded’ federal ICAC powers proposed by teal independent Kylea Tink

DAVID HARDAKER 4 minute read

'It should never be the function of such a body to sack anybody,' said the inaugural NSW anti-corruption commissioner.

First Nations, the way forward: lessons from Canada

EMMA ELSWORTHY 5 minute read

Canada has dozens of treaties with its land's First Nations peoples — why is Australia yet to sign one?

Public servants tried to stop government’s digital identity scheme de-anonymising social media accounts

CAM WILSON 2 minute read

When former minister Stuart Robert wanted to use the digital ID scheme to reveal the names of people behind anonymous social media accounts, Digital Transformation Agency staff balked.

How men without substance squander success and leave politics diminished

BERNARD KEANE 3 minute read

Boris Johnson says he had a large mandate as prime minister but he squandered it, and the political tactics of 2019 were no longer going to save him.

As Albanese globe-trots, News Corp wastes little time making the case for regime change

CHARLIE LEWIS 2 minute read

Publications like The Australian have been quick to criticise the prime minister for... visiting war-torn nations?

Liberal Party returns to its political kabuki known as gender quotas, as ex-minister finds her voice

JULIA BERGIN 3 minute read

Senator Linda Reynolds has this morning voiced support for gender quotas in the Liberal Party. It's a familiar debate — will this time differ?

‘It isn’t working’: the government’s Workforce Australia launch derailed by outages and errors

CAM WILSON 2 minute read

Australians who risk losing welfare payments if they don't fulfil Workforce Australia's requirements were unable to access the service at launch.

If COVID-19 gave you the blues, it might help to know you’re not alone

AMBER SCHULTZ 3 minute read

COVID-19 made us poorer, more depressed and less social, data shows.

Australia’s Timor-Leste intervention has a dark history — one perpetrators want to hide

BERNARD KEANE 3 minute read

Australia's intervention in East Timor saw serious misconduct by soldiers and bureaucrats. Some paid a terrible price for the cover-ups and harassment that followed.

When BoJo leaves Number 10 he will take with him the gift of the non-apology. For that, will we be sorry?

JULIA BERGIN 3 minute read

Boris Johnson has tried to atone for his awful behaviour by using wriggly words. But he's only talked himself into a corner.

If Nick Kyrgios played rugby league, would he be on the team this weekend? Unlikely

MICHAEL BRADLEY 4 minute read

A criminal allegation hangs over Kyrgios' head as he charges on through Wimbledon. Should he be allowed to continue playing?

Australia is still waiting for a code of conduct for MPs. It’s time politics caught up with the public

AMBER SCHULTZ 3 minute read

It's bizarre how much poor behaviour political figures such as Donald Trump, Scott Morrison and Boris Johnson can get away with.

Dutton wants an education fight — but his ‘solutions’ help Liberals, not schools

CAM WILSON 3 minute read

The opposition leader's keenness to fight on education picks up on a real concern in the electorate. His reforms, however, will do more to address the fears of the Liberal Party than most parents.

Brandis the buffoon returns to plague taxpayers

BERNARD KEANE 3 minute read

George Brandis is joining ANU as a professor. Isn't it time he stopped living off the public purse?

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