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FEDERAL ELECTION – Grayndler electorate profile

By ALLISON HORE Sydney’s inner-city seats are home to some of the federal government’s most high profile politicians. The seat of Grayndler is no exception. Grayndler covers the inner south of Sydney’s CBD and includes Leichhardt and parts of Ashfield, Canterbury and Marrickville council areas. Labor powerhouse Anthony Albanese has been sitting in the seat […]

THE NAKED CITY – RETURN OF THE DINKUM POLITIK

Every political leader likes to have their own public persona. Kevin Rudd was happy to work his nerdish, studious appearance, giving the impression that every word he spoke was backed by meticulous research. Julia Gillard portrayed herself as a leader under siege but with the combative skills to fend off any attackers. Tony Abbott cultivated […]

Manus menace

BY ALEC SMART The plight of refugees in Manus Island Detention Centre has created headlines in the past week, provoking public demonstrations, whilst human rights organisations condemned Australia’s national refugee policy. Over the past fortnight, up to 600 refugees detained in the Manus Island detention centre on Papua New Guinea (PNG) refused to accept relocation […]

The Book of Kevin

Love him or loathe him, Kevin Rudd will be looked back on as an interesting politician and fascinating character. Absent from politics since his election defeat in 2013, he has since fallen out of the public eye - until now. Writing and performing team Nathan Lantern and Timothy Hugh Govers (who first teamed up for […]

Year of the Abbott – “It’s like shooting fish in a barrel”

It has been a turbulent year in Australian politics, rife with sordid scandals, clumsy gaffes, furtive smears, and one-dimensional slogans – the kind of year that makes light work for political satirists. As the daily political folly continues in Canberra, a cast of comedic counterweights take over the Chippendale Hotel to present Year of the […]

A first class foreign policy tour

SKETCH There was not so much as an Anzac biscuit, let alone steel-cut oats, available on Tuesday night as Bob Carr conversed with former WA premier Geoff Gallop about his memoir. Indeed, the only refreshment apparently on offer at the University of Sydney law school was a tumbler of water for the guest of honour […]

Tony Abbott: a desperate choice for desperate times

A buffeting, unpleasant, nor-westerly came in off the sea as Jesse Dingo and I picked our way around the rocks on Possum Point. With Joadja, we had driven down to the old cottage for a few days, as much to get away from the election campaign as anything. I do not much like bright windy […]

Marriage equality is a human right

OPINION Time’s up, Kevin! Dragging your feet on all sorts of issues has probably cost you this election, and marriage equality is high on the list. The key issue of marriage equality in this election, and having a ban in place in 2013, makes Australia look like an international backwater. Western democracies have been resolving […]

A quick rundown on the Rooty Hill RSL ‘People’s Forum’ starring Ian the truckie!

Tonight’s debate saw some of the more diverse and interesting questions out of the three debates we’ve seen so far. Of course, the highlight of the night was Ian, the truck driver, telling us that  “The forklift driver in Mount Druitt shouldn’t be paying his taxes so the pretty little lady-lawyer on the North Shore […]

News in brief

PM wants Garden Island sell-off Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced his intention to shut down the Garden Island naval base at Potts Point if he wins the Federal Election. Mr Rudd said on Tuesday he wanted to see the base scaled back or even closed, and its facilities relocated to other parts of Australia, […]