AUKUS-trated justice

AUKUS-trated justice

It’s never a good time to be accused of breaching national security laws but as the case of “top-gun” Australian pilot and former US marine, Dan Duggan, shows, that’s doubly so in the era of AUKUS, with Australia’s sovereignty well and truly on the line.   The case 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...
Room for nuance

Room for nuance

A Liberal Party MP recently approached a community charity with a troubling assertion: that one of the charity’s board members is a “Holocaust denier”.  The MP’s demand was precise: either the board member went, or he would withdraw his public support.  The allegation...
Better than nothing?

Better than nothing?

Announcing a one-off $5000 escaping violence payment in response to an overwhelming roar of fear, frustration and rage at the epidemic of gendered violence in Australia could become a defining moment of the Albanese government. The backlash was immediate. Yes,...