Queen Elizabeth’s eldest son has waited a long time to be king. Now, he is charged with holding the popular imagination after the death of his beloved mother.
Trust is at the heart of a well-functioning cabinet. A cabinet cannot work if ministers do not respect the fundamentals.
What began as two journalists’ attempt to secure Scott Morrison’s reputation seems likely to tarnish his legacy forever. It’s an eye-watering own goal – and problematic journalism, in various ways.
The Greens backed Labor’s moderate emissions cuts to avoid being seen as unwilling to compromise. But it’s only the start of a new wrestle over climate ambition.
We don’t yet know if Anthony Albanese’s pledge to do politics differently will hold. But the media will do a great disservice to Australians if they remain wedded to their old ways.
Oversimplified versions of the past lead to bad political decisions.
Soldier atrocities are shaped by our society, culture, and political fabric. Preventing them will require a comprehensive rethinking of policies, attitudes, and approaches to war.
The hardest thing for an ageing government is to remake itself. On balance, last week’s developments in Spring Street represent the first step towards Victorian Labor performing that elusive feat.
The government seems unaware that independent MPs carry an enormous workload
Succession has long been the weak link in the system of hereditary monarchy. Perhaps it may be time for Australia to reconsider the place of the monarchy in our own political system.
Scandals and a misguided war on woke have cost Australia’s conservatives their voter base, opening the path for Labor.
Below the Line Episode 13.
The Conversation91.4 MB (download)
In the final episode of our election podcast, our regular panellists are joined by two expert guests to discuss what the election outcome could mean for domestic and foreign policy.
Below the Line Episode 12.
The Conversation75.2 MB (download)
In this episode of Below the Line, we dissect the election result and how the media's "presidential–ised" coverage looks in light of it.
Australians head to the polls in federal elections on May 21. Your guide to what’s at stake. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Australian authors have formed a new group, Writers for Climate Action. Joelle Gergis explains how art, along with science, can help bring about the changes needed.
There have been few if any elections when, in the last week, it has been the ‘uncommitted’ voters who have turned things around.
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Historian Frank Bongiorno reflects on elections current and past.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Frank Bongiorno, a history professor at the Australian National University who gives his insights into the current battle but also takes the long views of campaigns.
An election expert breaks down the big questions.
Below the Line Episode 11.
The Conversation66.1 MB (download)
In the final episode of our election podcast before polling day, our expert panel interview a Facebook official on the online campaign, and discuss Morrison's mea culpa and last-minute housing policy.
Below the Line Episode 10.
The Conversation84.3 MB (download)
In this episode of our election podcast, our expert panel discuss the last leaders' debate, the latest polls and what might the future of the unsuccessful major party might look like.