Commentary

24 July 2014

The Coalition’s new security legislation shows that it hasn’t learnt the lessons of twelve years of terrorism law-making.

23 July 2014

Has feckless Australia set itself up for a post-boom slump? Two new books see the prospects quite differently.

22 July 2014

The ABC’s international broadcasting to the Pacific islands is being devastated by the latest round of staffing cuts.

21 July 2014

A political party funded by internet tycoon Kim Dotcom has entered New Zealand's politics to help build a new movement of the left.

18 July 2014

This is a question that can be addressed empirically. Regrettably the answer is 'No'.

18 July 2014

Menzies spoke of ‘lifters’, ‘leaners’ and ‘forgotten people’ in his speeches and policy thinking, but there was another group, invisible to him …

16 July 2014

Why are taxpayers making such massive and risky investments in coal infrastructure at a time when we can't find the money to invest in education or health? asks Richard Denniss of The Australia Insititute.

14 July 2014

The Australian waded into the tobacco packaging debate with a series of blunt assertions, then responded to the counter-evidence by digging in.

11 July 2014

Tennant Creek has developed innovative ways of dealing with social media. But the initiatives are languishing, partly for lack of funding.

11 July 2014

In the popular western imagination Asian immigrants are the ‘model minority’ but it hasn’t always been this way.