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A client whose hair she had been cutting for 20 years came in as usual, and then, without any prompting or preamble, launched into a tirade against Muslims. Shutterstock

The Hanson effect: how hate seeps in and damages us all

In a suburban hair salon, a Muslim woman suddenly feels unwelcome in the country she has loved for 40 years.
Abbott’s Right ignores completely the influence of Catholic thinking on the former prime minister. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Book review: Abbott’s Right

A new book attempts to cloak Tony Abbott in a political philosophy, but is not entirely convincing.
Past and present: Bob Brown (centre) pictured in 2010 with Greens colleagues including current leader Richard Di Natale (right). AAP Image/Alan Porritt

The Australian Greens at 25: fighting the same battles but still no breakthrough

The environmental issues we face are ideal recruiting for green parties, but the breakthroughs aren't happening, and after 25 years as a federal party the Greens are still fighting on the same fronts.
In jettisoning Alfred Deakin, the Liberals made a great mistake and showed the thinness of their historical memory. National Library of Australia

What Malcolm Turnbull might have learned from Alfred Deakin

Like Malcolm Turnbull, the three-time prime minister Alfred Deakin was sometimes accused of lacking substance, but he had core political commitments from which he never wavered.
The reference to Tony Abbott in his London speech gave Malcolm Turnbull some body armour. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull finds the ‘sensible centre’ a slippery patch

It’s passing strange when Eric Abetz, the navy-blue conservative sacked from the ministry by Malcolm Turnbull, is out defending a prime ministerial speech on the Liberal Party’s history and positioning…

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