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West Basin blatantly a property deal

"Despite the best efforts of the City Renewal Authority to override the collective intelligence of residents, it is clear that the West Basin development is about money and keeping consultants and developers busy," says PAUL COSTIGAN

Morrison announces $55 million for security at religious premises

SCOTT Morrison has warned against “tribalists” hijacking policy arguments, declaring the migration issue “must not be appropriated as a proxy debate for racial, religious...

Skipping class makes for a great education

"I join with these vibrant young Australians in thumbing my nose at the narrow-minded comments of conservative academics and commentators along with senior politicians," writes former senior school teacher MICHAEL MOORE

Truly inclusive society requires political restraint

Terrible tragedies test leaders to the full, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Coalition trapped in its coal minefield

The rifts at the government’s highest levels are being exposed, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Barry O’Sullivan challenges Morrison over coal

QLD Nationals senator Barry O'Sullivan has struck back at Scott Morrison in the war over a coal-fired power station, daring the PM to stand up to the state government, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Party first, government second… voters a distant third

"Stephen-Smith presents as a typical ACT Labor politician... well rehearsed at skating across facts to build the dubious case for their in-house bureaucratic decisions on planning and development, writes PAUL COSTIGAN

Coal turns lumpy for Scott Morrison and the Nationals

Morrison’s government is struggling with a fresh crisis, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Turnbull’s grenade sets off Labor glee

"For the first time it appears that there is a real opportunity for a prominent centrist independent in the ACT to beat the Liberals and have a chance at ousting Zed," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE

Frydenberg has a great job at the worst time

JOSH Frydenberg is highly ambitious – in the fashionable jargon, you’d call him a “forward-leaning” politician. But even he must be surprised, reviewing the...

Moore / Liberals sense that sinking feeling

"Despite deploying fear tactics over boat people and attempting to change the agenda on climate, the Liberals have not been able to shift their standing in the polls," writes MICHAEL MOORE
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Grattan / Morrison says corporate sector needs to regain trust

PRIME Minister Scott Morrison will underscore the need for Australia’s corporate sector to regain public trust, when he addresses a business forum today (Tuesday,...

If Labor wins, will an Australian republic take the crown?

If Labor wins government, will an Australian republic finally take the crown? writes MARK KENNY.

Grattan / Royal commission on the abuse of disabled people to be announced

THE Morrison government is about to establish a royal commission into violence and abuse of people with a disability. The aim is to have the...

Grattan / Sharma calls for Australia to play a bigger international role on climate

THE Liberal candidate in Wentworth, Dave Sharma, has called for Australia to do more on the international stage to address climate change, declaring this...

Moore / The government we didn’t want is here to stay

Michael Moore was elected to first ACT Legislative Assembly in 1989 and was re-elected as an MLA until 2001. Here he reflects on those early, first steps of self-government.
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Stanhope / The panicky minister and his half-baked prison

"The AMC, a much-heralded, human-rights-compliant and rehabilitation-focused prison has, over the last two years, established a reputation as the most violent prison in Australia," writes JON STANHOPE

Opinion / What will a Shorten government be like?


Grattan / How the 2019 federal election might bring stability

FOR the second federal election out of three, a change of government is in prospect a long time out from voting day. Labor has been...




Concert celebrates Canberra’s young musicians

CANBERRA’s Young Music Society celebrated its 50th birthday yesterday (March 17) in a relaxed, community-friendly concert at Albert Hall.  Guests were welcomed in music by...


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