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Anthony Albanese — out with the old, in with the new
Labor has been presenting a new and improved version of the old Albo to voters — and it seems to be working.
Preferred PM: do Albo’s gains over Morrison tell us who’s going to win the election?
Anthony Albanese is tied with Scott Morrison in preferred prime minister rating. But polling experts say this has little to do with electoral success.
How Putin’s media crackdown signals a new totalitarianism in Russia
The death of an American reporter in Ukraine is just the latest incident in Russia's brutal war on independent journalism.
Fuel for thought: as the cost of living soars it’s crunch time for the treasurer
Josh Frydenberg has warned Australians not to be naive about how the Ukraine crisis will affect prices. But will they understand and forgive?
We can’t celebrate International Women’s Day until every woman is safe
We've taken baby steps in the long march to gender equality in Australia but we need to take giant strides to reach it.
Ever wondered what the law actually says about national emergencies? Try this
Scott Morrison declaring a national emergency doesn't necessarily mean federal money will flow to the devastated flood victims.
Why (some) Australians should be careful what they wish for
Some Australians are envious of America's political system — but we must be alert to its systemic failures.
Sports-washing rinsed out of European soccer as sanctions cripple Roman Abramovich and Chelsea
The UK government has announced an extension of sanctions to seven oligarchs, highlighting a big change for the sports industry.
An ensign of the times: should Australia have a shipping fleet flying a national flag?
Australia has only a dozen merchant vessels sailing under the national flag. But the prospect of a national locally flagged shipping fleet has political interest.
Who’s also paying for Putin’s war? The Russian people, with gross inequality
Ukrainians are the principal victims of the deadly invasion, but the citizens of Russia are suffering too.
Putin’s folly: the Russian president has lost the war — he just doesn’t know it yet
Every atrocity Vladimir Putin commits will steel Ukraine's resolve. This is a war Russia can't and will never win.
Taking out the trash: another year, another deluge of last reporting day losses
Despite Crikey banging the drum on this issue for more than a decade, 301 listed companies still waited until the last possible day of this reporting season to release their results. And, as usual, more than two-thirds were losses.
Child sexual abuse claims leveled at Pentecostal-linked facility granted $4 million by Scott Morrison
Former residents of the Esther Foundation have alleged they were sexually abused and harassed by an employee at the facility.
WA government wants to speak with former Esther residents following Crikey’s disclosures
'I urge these women to report their experiences to police to ensure any criminal matters can be fully investigated.'
How 14-year-old Mandy, slapped and punished, finally escaped abusive rehab facility
'They would speak in tongues while someone read aloud from the Bible. Sometimes I would just scream so they would fricking let me go.'
‘We need to walk free again’: former resident of Pentecostal-linked centre calls for accountability
'I too got locked in a room all day — unable to have food or water and interrogated for hours for something I never did — until one of the workers felt mercy for me and let me out.'
Esther Foundation founder Patricia Lavater ‘deeply apologises’ over new allegations
'I do care about each and every participant ... and I deeply apologise for any hurt or trauma caused.'
Claire Crawford went to hell and back at Esther House. Why isn’t it shut down?
'We were told that if we ever left the program, that a sexual spirit would find us and we would be raped or we would be killed.'
Trump evokes Bond villain as he waxes lyrical in movie-length speech
In an eye-wateringly long, 84-minute speech to Republican Party donors, Donald Trump had some ideas that wouldn't be out of place coming from the mouth of a Bond villain.
When the UK PM says Putin wants to ‘Grozny-fy’ Kyiv, this is what it means
The Chechen city of Grozny was reduced to rubble during the two Chechen wars after being bombarded by Russian forces.
IPCC report reminds us that peace and a pandemic are just the beginning of our problems
Despite the current geopolitical crisis surrounding Russia and Ukraine, we cannot lose sight of the climate emergency, the IPCC report argues.
Healthcare systems face ‘enormous strain’ in flooded regions as COVID-19 cases surge
After the double whammy of the pandemic and floods, a new Omicron variant is expected to cause a surge in COVID case numbers.
Ukraine faces a battle against disease as low immunisation rates fuel outbreaks
Many refugees fleeing the Russian bombs and missiles are not fully vaccinated against COVID, putting themselves and host countries at risk.
Ukraine’s ‘new world order’: a throwaway line about Russia goes viral with conspiracists… again!
Conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have latched on to a benign comment from a Ukrainian MP Kira Rudyk. Here's how it unfolded.
Funny old world: PM discovers international cooperation — ditching negative globalism as if it were a bad dream
Is this a genuine change of perspective for Scott Morrison, or just another tactical pivot before the election?
Climate lies: countries are trying to dupe the UN on emissions data
A startling new report has shown how many countries are misreporting emissions data and pushing flawed models. What else are big polluters trying to get away with?
Never mind climate plan nonsense — feel the politics. (And the press gallery falls for it)
The media seem to have decided the climate policy is second in importance to whether Scott Morrison can pull off another election win.
As Morrison struggles in Lismore, Dutton leads khaki election push
When the Morrison government finds itself in times of trouble, it turns to national security.
The seats in danger of going under water, politically
The devastation along the east coast is likely to remind voters of the Coalition's mishandling of the bushfires, Omicron and the vaccine rollout.
Tinker Taylor … energy minister’s carbon market changes a win-win for big emitters
Once again Angus Taylor has intervened in market dynamics and neither the environment nor smaller users will benefit.
Right-wing media, groups and MPs deny climate change link to Australia’s floods
Has climate change affected the ferocity of flooding in NSW and Queensland? Not according to the loudest right-wing voices.
A city is flooded, a state in chaos — but the business elite are told: ‘Get greedy’
As the waters rose yesterday, advice given to the ruling class at the AFR Business Summit reveals some cognitive dissonance.
War of words: we say ‘palyanitsya’, they say ‘palyanitsa’
Far from destroying Ukrainians' language and culture, Vladimir Putin has in fact strengthened and invigorated both.
War in the post-modern age: Russia-Ukraine invasion a wake-up call for Europe
Putin's invasion of Ukraine has forced Europe to acknowledge the necessity of hardline deterrents for modern warfare.
What price is the West willing to pay for the people of Ukraine?
Even if Kyiv falls to Russian forces in the coming days, the war in Ukraine will not be over any time soon. Who can hold out longer: Putin or the West?
From Nuremberg to Kyiv: the harrowing, complex job of an interpreter in wartime
An interpreter's work is extraordinarily challenging — let alone when faced with translating the atrocities of war crimes.
The liberal vision is over — we must adapt and accept what failed
Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine threatens a world of democratic systems, universal human rights and international law.
‘Without truth, no democracy can stand’: why we are calling out the prime minister
Today Crikey publishes an uncomfortable but important investigation that exposes the prime minister as a systemic, consistent and unremitting public liar.
A national leader with a readiness to lie and a reflex to do so when under pressure
Scott Morrison lies. A lot. And it's particularly true when he's feeling the political heat.
The politics of the everyday and the every day of politics laid bare
Judith Brett's writing stands alone in its deep understanding and rendering of not only current events but the characters generating them.
As poetry seems to lose rhyme and reason, Edgar masters technique, complexity and vibrancy
In a time when the form seems to edge towards the commonplace, prize-winning Australia poet Stephen Edgar dares to be extraordinary.
Seeing Red, feeling Blue: pastiche pop and the power of the persona
New albums by Taylor Swift, a pop-music genius, and Lana Del Rey, a pop-culture project, illustrate two extremes of the musical spectrum.
We must learn to see the corruption that pervades Australian public life, and restructure it
Australians, and especially our governing class, have normalised soft corruption. If we want things to change, we need to bring back the outrage.
How to end corruption? First break down the code of silence allowing it to thrive
The culture of silence that permits the soft corruption and alleged abuse witnessed in Parliament cannot be allowed to endure.