RACHEL WITHERS
Rachel Withers is a freelance journalist.
Liberal senator Linda Reynolds outside the David Malcolm Justice Centre in Perth, March 5, 2024. Image © Richard Wainwright / AAP Photos

Leave the hat, Linda

The best thing Linda Reynolds could do for her reputation is to drop her defamation proceedings against Brittany Higgins

Bruce Lehrmann departs the Federal Court of Australia in Sydney, April 15, 2024. Image © Bianca De Marchi / AAP Photos

The lion’s den

Why did so many in the media go in to bat for a figure as dubious as Bruce Lehrmann?

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton arrives for the Tom Hughes Oration at the Sydney Opera House, April 10, 2024. Image © Steven Saphore / AAP Photos

Something rotten

Who in their right mind compares a pro-Palestine protest to the Port Arthur massacre?

Shadow foreign affairs minister Simon Birmingham and Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong in the Senate chamber, November 25, 2022. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Photos

Feud state

Does the Coalition actually support a two-state solution?

Composite image of former Treasury secretary Ken Henry, March 31, 2023 (image © Lukas Coch / AAP Photos) and renter advocate Jordan van den Berg, April 8, 2024 (image via The Project on X)

The young and the assetless

Two very different public figures are pointing to the serious frustration being felt by young Australians

Shadow foreign affairs minister Simon Birmingham speaks to journalists at Parliament House, March 26, 2024. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Photos

The fog of politics

The Coalition is losing sight of its humanity, as it defends Israel at all costs

Incoming governor-general Sam Mostyn and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at Parliament House, April 3, 2024. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Photos

Mostyn wanted

The right savages the government’s pick for governor-general, who is exactly the kind of woman they need to win back

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong at a press conference in Beijing, China, November 7, 2023. Image © Lukas Coch / AAP Photos

Par for the course?

Will anything actually change on Australia’s end if Israel refuses to change course?

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese during a tour of the Rheinmetall facilities in Brisbane, April 2, 2024. Image © Darren England / AAP Photos

No relief

Why aren’t all innocent deaths in Gaza ‘completely unacceptable’ to the Australian government?

Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at Parliament House, June 23, 2023. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Photos

How low can Australia go?

The government appears to be buying into racist scare campaigns, as it cancels the visas of Palestinians fleeing a humanitarian disaster

Shadow energy minister Ted O’Brien at Parliament House in Canberra, February 26, 2024. Image © Lukas Coch / AAP Photos

Playing with fire

Is the government really going to deal with a party that has proven itself openly hostile to climate action?

Peta Credlin in Sydney, November 25, 2019. Image © Joel Carrett / AAP Photos

Feeling the heat

As the Coalition tries to delay the transition to renewables, Sky News rubbishes heat concerns as ‘soft and woke’

Finance Minister Katy Gallagher at the National Press Club in Canberra, March 7, 2024. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Photos

Super vs surplus

It seems women’s equality will have to wait a little longer, presumably for the sake of the surplus

Property Council of Australia chief executive Mike Zorbas and Greens housing spokesperson Max Chandler-Mather at the National Press Club in Canberra, March 6, 2024. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Photos

Housing on the hill

How can we agree on the way out of the housing crisis when we can’t agree that housing is a public good?

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton and deputy leader Sussan Ley during Question Time in the House of Representatives, May 24, 2023. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Photos

The bold and the delusional

How many more wake-up calls does the Dutton-led Liberal Party need?

The patriot

Peter Dutton says ASIO has ‘besmirched’ all politicians, as the Coalition uses a national security warning to score political points

False premises

If amending the Stage Three tax cuts was the ‘right thing to do’, why doesn’t the same go for other abandoned Labor reforms?

Scott free

Scott Morrrison is the last person we should be taking advice from if we are to avoid ‘drifting into a valueless void’

Bearing witness

What kind of democracy stands by as journalists are killed by the dozen?

Dutton’s shadow

Coalition Home Affairs spokesperson James Paterson does his best Peter Dutton impression

Taxing times

When is the government going to take on the kind of systemic tax reform that literally everyone knows is needed?

Indefinite desperation

The desperate Opposition wants to reignite last year’s racist moral panic over the release of human beings who have served their time

A dox on both our houses?

As Israel launches a ground offensive in Rafah, the Australian government rushes to outlaw doxxing

Flexible logic

It seems Peter Dutton no longer wants ‘dirty lefties’ to enjoy their weekend

The power of a thug

Peter Dutton’s Trumpian attacks on the media must not be allowed to stand

Let’s talk about tax, baby

Is the nation mature enough for a serious conversation about tax reform?

A cut above the rest?

The Coalition wants to have its tax cut and eat it too

Liberal senator Linda Reynolds outside the David Malcolm Justice Centre in Perth, March 5, 2024. Image © Richard Wainwright / AAP Photos

Leave the hat, Linda

The best thing Linda Reynolds could do for her reputation is to drop her defamation proceedings against Brittany Higgins

Bruce Lehrmann departs the Federal Court of Australia in Sydney, April 15, 2024. Image © Bianca De Marchi / AAP Photos

The lion’s den

Why did so many in the media go in to bat for a figure as dubious as Bruce Lehrmann?

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton arrives for the Tom Hughes Oration at the Sydney Opera House, April 10, 2024. Image © Steven Saphore / AAP Photos

Something rotten

Who in their right mind compares a pro-Palestine protest to the Port Arthur massacre?

Shadow foreign affairs minister Simon Birmingham and Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong in the Senate chamber, November 25, 2022. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Photos

Feud state

Does the Coalition actually support a two-state solution?

Composite image of former Treasury secretary Ken Henry, March 31, 2023 (image © Lukas Coch / AAP Photos) and renter advocate Jordan van den Berg, April 8, 2024 (image via The Project on X)

The young and the assetless

Two very different public figures are pointing to the serious frustration being felt by young Australians

Shadow foreign affairs minister Simon Birmingham speaks to journalists at Parliament House, March 26, 2024. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Photos

The fog of politics

The Coalition is losing sight of its humanity, as it defends Israel at all costs

Incoming governor-general Sam Mostyn and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at Parliament House, April 3, 2024. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Photos

Mostyn wanted

The right savages the government’s pick for governor-general, who is exactly the kind of woman they need to win back

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong at a press conference in Beijing, China, November 7, 2023. Image © Lukas Coch / AAP Photos

Par for the course?

Will anything actually change on Australia’s end if Israel refuses to change course?

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese during a tour of the Rheinmetall facilities in Brisbane, April 2, 2024. Image © Darren England / AAP Photos

No relief

Why aren’t all innocent deaths in Gaza ‘completely unacceptable’ to the Australian government?

Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at Parliament House, June 23, 2023. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Photos

How low can Australia go?

The government appears to be buying into racist scare campaigns, as it cancels the visas of Palestinians fleeing a humanitarian disaster

Shadow energy minister Ted O’Brien at Parliament House in Canberra, February 26, 2024. Image © Lukas Coch / AAP Photos

Playing with fire

Is the government really going to deal with a party that has proven itself openly hostile to climate action?

Peta Credlin in Sydney, November 25, 2019. Image © Joel Carrett / AAP Photos

Feeling the heat

As the Coalition tries to delay the transition to renewables, Sky News rubbishes heat concerns as ‘soft and woke’

Finance Minister Katy Gallagher at the National Press Club in Canberra, March 7, 2024. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Photos

Super vs surplus

It seems women’s equality will have to wait a little longer, presumably for the sake of the surplus

Property Council of Australia chief executive Mike Zorbas and Greens housing spokesperson Max Chandler-Mather at the National Press Club in Canberra, March 6, 2024. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Photos

Housing on the hill

How can we agree on the way out of the housing crisis when we can’t agree that housing is a public good?

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton and deputy leader Sussan Ley during Question Time in the House of Representatives, May 24, 2023. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Photos

The bold and the delusional

How many more wake-up calls does the Dutton-led Liberal Party need?

The patriot

Peter Dutton says ASIO has ‘besmirched’ all politicians, as the Coalition uses a national security warning to score political points

False premises

If amending the Stage Three tax cuts was the ‘right thing to do’, why doesn’t the same go for other abandoned Labor reforms?

Scott free

Scott Morrrison is the last person we should be taking advice from if we are to avoid ‘drifting into a valueless void’

Bearing witness

What kind of democracy stands by as journalists are killed by the dozen?

Dutton’s shadow

Coalition Home Affairs spokesperson James Paterson does his best Peter Dutton impression

Taxing times

When is the government going to take on the kind of systemic tax reform that literally everyone knows is needed?

Indefinite desperation

The desperate Opposition wants to reignite last year’s racist moral panic over the release of human beings who have served their time

A dox on both our houses?

As Israel launches a ground offensive in Rafah, the Australian government rushes to outlaw doxxing

Flexible logic

It seems Peter Dutton no longer wants ‘dirty lefties’ to enjoy their weekend

The power of a thug

Peter Dutton’s Trumpian attacks on the media must not be allowed to stand

Let’s talk about tax, baby

Is the nation mature enough for a serious conversation about tax reform?

A cut above the rest?

The Coalition wants to have its tax cut and eat it too