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Feb 29, 2024 •

Scott Morrison leaves parliament: A winner or a loser?

Scott Morrison has left the building. The former prime minister was known for his finely crafted personal image – a Dad from the shire who loved rugby league. But with a more notorious political career, does that image hold up?

Today, author of The Game, Sean Kelly on Scott Morrison’s final speech, and whether he really won or lost at the game of politics.

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Feb 28, 2024 •

Why Labor is being accused of pork-barrelling

Pork-barrelling it's not illegal, but it’s one of the dark arts of politics: governments spending money in seats they want to win. So, when does the practice cross the line from politicians faithfully serving the public into pork-barrelling and using taxpayer dollars to essentially bribe voters?

Today, chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton on the two Labor grants that are beginning to raise questions in Canberra.

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Feb 27, 2024 •

Everything Peter Dutton is getting wrong on asylum seekers

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton may have found the message he’s taking to the federal election: stop the “armada of boats”. It hasn’t been high on the agenda for years, but a couple of weeks ago a boat arriving in far north Western Australia gave him an opportunity to put the issue back on the front page.

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, fact checks Peter Dutton’s media blitz and his claims about asylum seekers.

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Feb 26, 2024 •

‘They don't know much’: Politicians spending on the military

Australia has spent almost 15 years trying to buy new surface ships for the navy, but they are still yet to arrive. That’s because successive governments have repeatedly thrown out the old plan to introduce their own. Last week, the Albanese government was the latest to reveal their plans for the future of the navy’s surface fleet. So, will it work?

Today, emeritus professor of strategic studies at the Australian National University and contributor to The Saturday Paper Hugh White, on Labor’s navy overhaul and whether it’s an expensive grab for votes.

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Feb 23, 2024 •

The two days that could decide Julian Assange's freedom

Julian Assange has spent years fighting to prevent his extradition to the United States and this week, the battle has come down to just two days in court, when his lawyers made what could be their final stand. The British High Court now holds his fate in its hands, as it considers his request for an appeal.

Today, contributor to The Saturday Paper Amy Fallon, on what the court heard and how mounting public and political support is helping the Australian’s cause.

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Feb 22, 2024 •

Jon Ronson on who really started the culture wars

Jon Ronson has spent time with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, uncovered the secret US military program to train psychic soldiers and told the stories of the first people to be publicly shamed in the age of social media. Now, Ronson’s investigating the culture wars.

From fears about left-wing activists taking over the streets to paranoia about vaccines – he charts the surprising origins of our most divisive social conflicts. Today, he shares the very human story about how things fell apart.

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Feb 21, 2024 •

A missing $80 million to keep asylum seekers in limbo

After a boat of asylum seekers landed in Western Australia last week and were sent to Nauru, old debates about offshore immigration detention have been reanimated. It comes as the government has admitted A$80 million it gave to Papua New Guinea to support asylum seekers that Australia had no solutions for – is unaccounted for and no one knows how it was spent.

Today, chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton, on Australia’s management of offshore detention.

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Feb 20, 2024 •

Why the Bureau of Meteorology lied to court

The Bureau of Meteorology determines a lot: from whether we bring an umbrella to work, to how much warning we get of a natural disaster – all the way to what we know about climate change. But now, the bureau’s management faces serious questions, amid revelations that senior executives have deliberately misled a federal court.

Today, senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton on troubles at the BoM, and how internal struggles are getting in the way of the weather forecast.

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