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The virulence of some of the contemporary sexism against female politicians reflects the unrestraint that characterises the social media age. David Foote/AUSPIC

Grattan on Friday: Sometimes, sexism gets the reward it deserves

Four years after her famous 'misogyny speech' attacking Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard reflected this week on her experience as a woman at the top.
The poker machine industry is a business with a lot at stake – about $11 billion a year, in fact. AAP/Paul Jeffers

Is there any hope for gambling reform in a new parliament?

Polls suggest that Nick Xenophon’s team will win a bag of Senate seats. Along with a re-elected Andrew Wilkie, and the Greens, will there be enthusiasm for gambling reform in the next parliament?
Richard Di Natale is showing that being a Green doesn’t mean forsaking an aspirational, middle-class lifestyle. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Di Natale shows it’s possible to be Green and glam

Greens leader Richard Di Natale has copped a lot of flak on social media for his "black Wiggle" photoshoot, but he is simply broadening the idea of what it means to be Green.
The Australian government seems to think fossil fuels need help, when businesses are deciding otherwise. Coal image from

Fossil fuel growth centre harks back to old ideas about climate costs

Do fossil fuels need saving from efforts to combat climate change? The Australian government seems to think so, but that sort of thinking is out of date.
Malcolm Turnbull’s relaxed and natural demeanour comes as a relief after Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard, except they were once like that too. AAP/David Moir

Can the ‘real Malcolm’ survive being PM?

Australians have seen their recent prime ministers lose the very qualities as communicators that took them to the top. Malcolm Turnbull's challenge is to avoid succumbing to the same fate.
Tony Abbott’s speech after losing the leadership differed from his recent predecessors’ efforts by making no mention of his successor. AAP/Sam Mooy

Abbott’s last speech as leader – no tears or laughs here

A politician's final statement as leader is their chance to have the last word. Tony Abbott's speech was telling in both what he chose to say and not to say.

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