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The Coalition is determined to spend from beyond the grave

It's easier to develop long-run visions than solve short-term problems, which presumably explains why governments facing election defeat seem to care more about what...

Adani’s key water management plan is flawed and used some unverified data, CSIRO says

Report finds more than 95% chance of hydrological changes to Belyando River Basin from mines including Carmichael The CSIRO has found serious flaws in Adani's...

Faith and trust? Prime Ministers? Politicians? The budget will restore trust?

"We've soundly established that this was a crappy, crappy year, even by Canberra's standards" Annabell Crab ABC News When Scott Morrison first became Prime Minister —...

MYEFO reveals billions more in revenue, $9 billion in fresh election tax cuts

They are the two rules that have defined the Coalition's economic management - budget repair and a "speed limit on taxes". On Monday, they...

Unions likely to be more challenging for a Shorten government than boats

On Thursday he had a double-header news conference, with two major, unrelated, announcements – a proposed new federal integrity body, and a plan for...

Government agrees to national anti-corruption body – with strict limits

Government agrees to national anti-corruption body – with strict limits While the announcement of the Commonwealth Integrity Commission is welcome and overdue, the decision to restrict its powers...

Morrison’s health handout is bad policy (but might be good politics

Morrison’s health handout is bad policy (but might be good politics) The funding proposal is no fix for Australia’s health system but it could take...

Forest giants house thousands of animals (so why do we keep cutting them down?)

Comic explainer: forest giants house thousands of animals (so why do we keep cutting them down?) Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND Madeleine De Gabriele, The Conversation...

Vital Signs: why now is the right time to clamp down on negative gearing

Vital Signs: why now is the right time to clamp down on negative gearing Negative gearing makes it hard for renters to become home owners....

Why Tony Abbott’s appointment as Indigenous envoy was a diplomatic blunder and policy failure

Beyond lacking all merit, Abbott’s previous policies on Indigenous issues had been characterised by funding cuts, exclusions and silencing. His Indigenous Advancement Strategy was criticised for its destructive...