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Dickson’s supermarket chaos ends and starts again

If anyone has questions around the Dickson supermarket chaos, please check in with your local politicians who have collectively sat back watched all this happen, writes Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN

Gaps need to be closed for indigenous recognition

If the Morrison government manages to get a referendum passed to give Australia’s Indigenous people constitutional recognition, it will be truly remarkable, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Referendum could give Aboriginals recognition

The Morrison government plans to hold a referendum in the next three years on whether to enshrine constitutional recognition of Australia’s Indigenous people, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Poll: Low support for religious freedom legislation

An Essential poll has found only 38 per cent of Australians agree that stronger laws are needed to protect those who express their faith in public, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

When pesky problems come home to roost

"Despite the obvious that our elected ones should represent the residents’ aspirations, they blindly use the scripts prepared by others in bureaucratic silos," bemoans Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Barr’s breath of fresh air on wellbeing

Provided it isn’t hijacked by self-interest, a new health initiative has the potential to take Canberra to the highest possible level of wellbeing in the world. Not a bad goal, says MICHAEL MOORE.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Tax cuts have caught the wry eye of cartoonist PAUL DORIN.

Does Canberra really need this ‘CRAPP’?

The City Renewal Authority's new report portrays a mono-culture of mainly white faces. It makes no serious effort to identify the senior members of the community and their requirements. The emphasis seems to be on people no older than the Chief Minister, writes PAUL COSTIGAN.

Economic uncertainties cloud the Government

This first week of the new parliament has been bitter sweet for Senate leader Mathias Cormann, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Morrison’s tax plan set to sail through Senate

The numbers fell into place with Tasmanian crossbench senator Jacqui Lambie declaring she would vote for the package, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Morrison and Albanese discuss inquiry into press freedom

Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese will today (July 3) discuss the government’s plan for an inquiry into the impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on press freedom, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Deepak turns right and calls for a ministerial voice

From washing cars to a seat in the Legislative Assembly, Deepak-Raj Gupta is not a man easily distracted from his ambitions. DANIELLE NOHRA talks to the impending new member for Yerrabi… 

Where was the leadership, Chief Minister? 

"The Chief Minister has handed the poisoned chalice to Rachel Stephen-Smith. It would have been appropriate for Andrew Barr to show leadership and take responsibility for the Health portfolio himself," writes JON STANHOPE.

‘Hopeless’ government just got worse

"The strength that Meegan Fitzharris brought to the role was being prepared to stand up to her bureaucracy – a skill greatly lacking amongst current ACT ministers," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.

Morrison heads into religious freedom morass

The case of Israel Folau, turfed by Rugby Australia following his homophobic Instagram post based on the bible, has injected a huge amount of heat into an issue already fraught, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Turnbull slams Porter for ‘nonsense’ advice

Turnbull has accused Attorney-General Christian Porter of providing advice to him that was constitutional “nonsense”, as the divisive events around the former prime minister’s removal are revisited, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Can this tired government win an election?

"How long before we say goodbye to the 'bush capital'? Melbourne seems to be the model for the plethora of apartments that spill on to the footpaths, dominate the skyline and create the slums of the future," writes MICHAEL MOORE.

Compliant Kristina goes cold on the fate of refugees

"Albanese and Keneally have moved from supporting the human and legal rights of asylum seekers to supporting a system that has resulted in multiple deaths, sexual abuse, psychological harm, trauma and mental illness," writes JON STANHOPE.

Morrison’s plan to remove regulatory barriers around investment

Scott Morrison will commit to getting consumers, business and investors “off the economic sidelines and on the field again” in his first major domestic speech of the new term, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Those tax cuts test Albanese and provoke Hanson

As hissy fits go, it was a beauty. Pauline Hanson was very cross indeed, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

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