The Medevac Bill and what comes next

The medical evacuation bill has passed both houses of parliament, and that's a good thing for the people who are currently detained on Manus Island or Nauru. Many thanks to the activists who kept this issue constantly in the public eye.

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Sovereign Risk

Chris Bowen has finally provided some certainty in Labor’s stance on stopping the Adani coal mine: “Not on my watch,” he said, fearing sovereign risk; as though it were the one political frontier we can never cross. But that horse has long since bolted.

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Corporate Donations Policy

Today the Science Party announces its new policy on accepting corporate donations.

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Quid-Pro-Quo

The latin phrase ‘quid-pro-quo’ refers to an exchange of something of value, for something else in return. You may often hear this in legal arguments, often when discussing potential corruption, but there is a murky area where companies and political entities intersect.

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Comments on the Assistance and Access Bill

Download this submission:
Comments on the Assistance and Access Bill 2018 (PDF, 162 KB, 10 September 2018)

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Report of the outgoing Leader, James Jansson

The beginning

Six years ago, I was overseas in Europe, travelling largely by myself which gave me a long time to think. I was thinking about the report that I had just given at a Glasgow conference, which focused heavily on longevity. In this case, I was showing that people with HIV were living a long time and that currently available treatments were largely sufficient to treat those with HIV into old age.

 

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It was all wentworth it!

The Wentworth by-election saw a historic swing away from the Liberal Party. Wentworth was, until Saturday, one of the safest blue-ribbon seats in the country. 

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Independence is paramount for the ABC

OPINION

The legends at ABC Friends sent a questionnaire to the Wentworth by-election candidates to gauge their support for the national public broadcaster. I've been listed as a "moderate" supporter, which is justifiable because of how I answered two questions relating to funding.

Here's what I think, so you can make your own judgement:

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Transparent Government

When we discuss good government, transparency is usually a feature we value. It seems the coalition also values transparency, but in a much more literal sense…
If they make information invisible, perhaps we won’t notice their terrible actions.

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Where has our government gone?

This is a guest blog post by Alex Lester.


If you think that the revolving door of Australian prime ministers is a cause for concern, what's even more shocking is what's happened in the Senate. Here it seems to be difficult for people to even stay with the same party, let alone the same leader.

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