The patriot

The patriot

Spy chief Mike Burgess has achieved his aim: everyone in Canberra is talking about espionage, and who the unnamed former politician recruited by a foreign spy ring might be. As the ASIO director-general revealed in last night’s annual threat assessment, the former...
False premises

False premises

The “expectations management” game is fully underway ahead of Saturday’s byelection, as both major parties try to position themselves as the underdog in Dunkley. Anthony Albanese and Peter Dutton are citing wildly different stats to claim that theirs is the weaker...
Scott free

Scott free

It was somewhat fitting that Scott Morrison gave his valedictory speech on the same day the Workplace Gender Equality Agency released its damning new data on the gender pay gap. This, after all, was the PM who used a 2019 International Women’s Day event to tell women...
Bearing witness

Bearing witness

Today marks the International Day in support of Palestinian Journalists – a day nominated by the International Federation of Journalists to show solidarity with their Palestinian counterparts. According to the Federation, 102 journalists and media workers have been...
Small Dutton energy

Small Dutton energy

Peter Dutton has never seen a scare campaign he hasn’t liked. Nor does he walk past an opportunity to create one. It’s an easy political strategy for someone largely bereft of imagination or any semblance of policy ambition. So, we find ourselves at the dawn of a new...