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Black lives matter? Maybe not

June 16, 2020 - 21:40 -- Admin

The greatest stain on the Australian psyche is the unfinished business of Aboriginal reconciliation and the inherent discrimination many Indigenous people and communities still face. But for the key institutions of politics, law, police and media, reconciliation is a forgotten business where many structural impediments still exist and make it almost impossible for any meaningful change.

Morrison’s accord is WorkChoices 2.0

May 30, 2020 - 23:06 -- Admin

Irrelevance is the enemy of political leaders, and to avoid sinking to the bottom of the field, they need to keep moving, adapt and make continuous announcements, even when there’s not too much to announce.

During a crisis, it’s absolutely essential for a prime minister to be seen to be ‘doing things’, while keeping an eye on their long-cherished agendas and engaging in political gamesmanship.

Reopening schools fraught with danger

May 2, 2020 - 23:45 -- Admin

Governments, especially those from the conservative side of politics, never waste an opportunity to exploit turmoil – except if it’s an issue that doesn’t suit their ideological pursuits, such as climate change or bushfires – and the performance of the Morrison government during the coronavirus crisis is an excellent example of politicians using a crisis to gain political advantage.