politics

Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull's video and Bill Shorten's book are underpinned by the same idea: the love their parents had for them imbued them with the right qualities to become prime minister, writes Mark Rolfe.

money lure

Our political donations disclosure regime is so opaque we don’t really know who's paying how much and what they get in return, writes Lindy Edwards.

corruption

Companies and unions do not donate funds out of a sense of altruism. They do so based on a hard-nosed calculation that giving money to politicians produces results, writes George Williams.

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Human rights professor Louise Chappell is shining a spotlight on the unwritten rules and institutional legacies that silence women. 

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Twin earthquakes devastated Nepal in 2015, but the political aftershocks have exposed much deeper faultlines, write Hemant Ojha and Krishna Shrestha. 

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One of the great difficulties in assessing China’s geopolitical intentions is the apparent contradiction between its uncompromising security policy and its seductive economic outreach, writes Alan Dupont.

Budget

We can’t expect the budget to be a perfect predictor of debt and deficits – not even one year ahead. But we should at least make sure we’re not conned by the treasurer, or commentators, writes Richard Holden.

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Dubious intelligence sharing and asylum seeker deals aside, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s visit to Iran is an important step in bringing the pariah state back into the international mainstream, writes Antony Billingsley.

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What will the NSW Premier be prepared to give away to secure the Upper House support of the Reverend Fred Nile, asks George Williams.

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Politicians wishing to run down their opponents in the eyes of the public are quick to level accusations of dishonesty. But these 'lies' aren't always what they seem, writes Mark Rolfe.

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