The build up

The build up

“When you have no solutions, blame immigrants.” – Australian proverb. This seems to be Peter Dutton’s election strategy based on his budget reply last week. Dutton proposed three key measures to address housing affordability: allowing first home...
Hard heads, warm hearts, blind eyes

Hard heads, warm hearts, blind eyes

In yesterday’s edition of The Politics, Jack Toohey made a perceptive observation of Jim Chalmers’ third budget. “In the face of mounting crises,” he wrote, “incrementalism is not the hallmark of wise leadership, but a sign of a government failing to meet the moment.”...
The crisis colony

The crisis colony

Australia, the crisis colony. Every day, we are bombarded with news of the housing crisis, the rental crisis, the crisis of men’s violence, the climate crisis, and the cost of living crisis. These are the daily realities that shape the lives of millions of...
Budgeting for a baby

Budgeting for a baby

Jim Chalmers wants me to have a baby. Actually, Jim Chalmers needs me to have a baby – preferably two or three – as he told The Sydney Morning Herald last week. Australia’s natural birth rate sits at around 1.6, one of the lowest fertility rates in our history and...
Gaslit future

Gaslit future

You might be feeling a sense of déjà vu today as Labor rolls out their Future Gas Strategy, backing gas development to infinity (2050) and beyond, citing “facts and data” as their basis. Australians voted for real climate action in 2022, yet one can’t help...