Crossing the line

Crossing the line

In the Senate chamber on Tuesday evening, WA Labor Senator Fatima Payman crossed the floor to vote with the Greens and independents Lidia Thorpe and David Pocock to support the recognition of the Palestinian state. Payman’s vote is being labelled an act of defiance –...
Biden and Trump return to the debate stage

Biden and Trump return to the debate stage

Friday morning Australian time, President Joe Biden and former president Donald Trump will face off in the first of two scheduled debates before the November 5 election. For reasons I’ll go into below, the event is unusual in any number of ways and, given the...
The climate denier next door

The climate denier next door

Does a climate denier live next door to you? Probably. The stats show that four in ten Australians don’t believe climate change is caused by human activity. This alarming figure comes from a recent French poll revealing only 60 per cent of Australians accept the...
Mistrials and tribulations

Mistrials and tribulations

Between defamation appeals, counter applications for security payments and hearings on new sexual assault charges, it’s easy to forget how Bruce Lehrmann’s legal journey began. On 27 October 2022, Chief Justice Lucy McCallum, who was overseeing Lehrmann’s criminal...
Who can you trust?

Who can you trust?

The 2024 Digital News Report released earlier this week is a wake up call to the Australian news media industry. The new edition of the Oxford University study – administered locally by the University of Canberra – takes a look back at the longer term trends it has...