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New towers to ‘dominate’ the Campbell vista

“Ad hocery, spin and deception are now the key tools being used to decide the future of the former CSIRO site in Campbell,” writes Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Being Trump’s ‘bestie’ comes with challenges for Morrison

“How good is this?” Scott might have said to Jenny, when word came that he’d be the first Australian prime minister since John Howard in 2006 to score a White House state dinner when he visits Washington in September, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Tax cuts take from the poor to give to the rich

"At a time when the divide between the rich and the poor has grown so much, what is surprising is that these tax cuts so significantly favour the rich over both the poor and the average-income earners," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.

Beyond the spin, how many pollies are on the bus? 

"Listen to how bureaucrats and their ministers talk about public transport and it becomes obvious that they don't base their comments on personal experiences but rather on the spin," writes Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Frydenberg has cut deeming rates, but what are they?

ANU's PETER MARTIN asks what a deeming rate is, and why it matters to about one million Australians on benefits, among them is about 630,000 age pensioners. 

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.

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