How likely is it that the Turnbull government, with its tiny majority, will make seriously hard decisions?
For the more modest aim of delivering steady, competent government – well, it’s no wonder Malcolm Turnbull is raging.
The government’s first priority should be to improve conditions in offshore detention centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea.
The key challenge for the returned Turnbull government is to formulate policies that present Australia as a good global citizen willing to take its fair share of refugees.
If Malcolm Turnbull panders too much to the conservatives he will alienate many ordinary centrist voters.
As he struggles with the lessons of the recent past and the challenges of the immediate future, Malcolm Turnbull needs to avoid two dangers. One is being spooked by the conservatives inside and outside…
One thing Malcolm Turnbull should do in the short term if he’s forming a new ministry is find a first-rate minister to put into the health portfolio.
Malcolm Turnbull is struggling to produce the right response in the aftermath of his election debacle. On Saturday he did not take on any blame and lashed out at Labor’s “Mediscare” tactic. On Tuesday…
Flanked by local MP Ewen Jones and Greg Hunt, Malcolm Turnbull announced funding for a new stadium in Townsville and the Great Barrier Reef.
To win government, Labor needs a net gain of 19 seats nationally – and that’s the exact number of marginal seats being fought over in Queensland this election.
There is little evidence that support for multiculturalism is directly tied to support for particular levels of immigration.
Senior politicians slurring the reputation of immigrants does more to erode support for multiculturalism than do uncontrolled borders.
The Labor Party has been driving a campaign bus from Cairns to Canberra. On Sunday night Sam Dastyari told supporters they had raised enough money to extend its journey through to Melbourne.
Malcolm Turnbull’s Howard-not-so-lite approach will upset many in the migrant community, and in the so-called ‘doctors’ wives’ areas.
Anticipation is core business for political strategists. Last year Bill Shorten and those around him correctly judged Labor was electorally exposed on border protection.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s incendiary remarks about refugees may resonate electorally. But, as Michelle Grattan explains, they will also come at a cost.
A review of studies examining the economic impact of refugees in Australia found no evidence they impose a net cost in the long term.
Successful responses to the global refugee crisis will be those that recognise and build upon displaced people’s skills, capacities and aspirations.
Was Peter Dutton right about literacy and numeracy among refugees?
Was Immigration Minister Peter Dutton right about refugees’ literacy and numeracy?
In some quarters Peter Dutton’s outburst, which was quickly challenged on points of fact, will resonate politically.
If Malcolm Turnbull is returned he should tip Peter Dutton out of the immigration portfolio when he chooses his new ministry. Dutton’s Tuesday comments, when targeting the Greens proposal for a big increase…
More visual coverage of the campaign means more material that is shareable and alterable.
The visual is powerful within social media content. For politics, it allows additional commentary, more detail, and humour.
Detainees on Manus Island are seeking an injunction to prevent their removal to Nauru or elsewhere until Australia’s High Court hears their case.
If a new High Court claim against Australia’s offshore detention regime succeeds, it will entirely undermine Australia’s inhumane practices in relation to “those who come across the seas”.
In parliament on Wednesday, the Greens’ Adam Bandt challenged Peter Dutton with a highly provocative question.
It is hard to credit that two asylum seekers in Nauru could set themselves alight on Australia’s watch and the stories receive, compared to much else, so little attention in our hyper media cycle. One…
Peter Dutton claims the self-immolations of two refugees on Nauru are ‘not a complaint about the living conditions’ in detention.
High rates of self-harm are endemic on Nauru. And yet, the Australian government persists in seeing suicide and self-harm as the fault of refugees and their supporters.
Malcolm Turnbull says ‘we cannot be misty-eyed’ on border protection.
It is a shocking truth that, for the most part, the politicians are leaving their humanity at home as they debate the future of the men on Manus Island.
There are no real alternatives for resettling the refugees on Manus Island elsewhere in the region.
The Australian government must face the uncomfortable truth that it is no longer possible to process or detain asylum seekers and refugees in other countries in our region.
The detention of people transferred from Australia has no valid basis in PNG law.
A PNG Supreme Court judgment is likely to have profound implications for Australia’s offshore processing regime in that country.
Peter Dutton said Australia was not a party to the case and the finding did not alter its border protection policies.
The Australian government says it will not allow any asylum seekers on Manus Island to come here, after PNG’s Supreme Court ruled it was illegal to detain them there.