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What sort of country will Malaysia become?
16 May 2018
Can the five parties of the governing coalition reconcile very different priorities?
Will Batman’s voters take no for an answer?
8 March 2018
The Sunshine State continues to make its mark in Melbourne’s closely watched federal by-election
The end of the era of mass politics?
26 February 2018
Can the big political parties regain a sense of legitimacy, or have the conditions that sustained them come to an end?
Books & Arts
How the Show went on
28 January 2018
| A former communist and a former Catholic activist combine forces to cast new light on the organisation that helped fuel the Labor split
Newspoll and the new reality of post-election polling
Peter Brent | Mumble
30 August 2016
The global financial crisis continues to make governing difficult, writes
. No wonder this week’s poll figures aren’t so good for the Coalition
Dust settles, history mostly vindicated
15 July 2016
After a long campaign and a long count, the result isn’t so surprising after all, writes
Essays & Reportage
The beginning of the end of the White Australia policy
1 July 2016
Legal reforms in June 1966 removed much of the discrimination built into Australia’s migration policy, writes
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