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 future governments should do, than what their government isn't doing. Once upon a time treasurers were...
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 key water management plan to protect an ancient springs complex near its proposed Carmichael coal...
"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 — 12 long weeks ago, when Wentworth was still the jewel in the crown of the...
They are the two rules that have defined the Coalition's economic management - budget repair and a "speed limit on taxes". On Monday, they found themselves on the final stretch of the collision course they have been hurtling down...
On Thursday he had a double-header news conference, with two major, unrelated, announcements – a proposed new federal integrity body, and a plan for a Religious Discrimination Act. In normal times, each would have had its own day in...
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 to ensure MPs and their staff will not face public hearings or be placed under...
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 some political pressure off the Coalition in the lead up to the 2019 federal election. OnE...
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 and Wes Mountain, The Conversation Giant eucalypts play an irreplaceable part in many of Australia’s ecosystems....
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. Now would be a pain-free time to wind it back. Shutterstock Richard Holden, UNSW When I wrote a...
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 consequences to governance within Indigenous communities Why Tony Abbott's appointment as Indigenous envoy was a diplomatic...