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Australia is now mired in an open-ended $300 million a year debacle in Iraq, with no coherent exit strategy except, apparently, to maximise the risk to Australians that the government's campaign against Islamic State is creating, writes Bernard Keane.
Whatever happens in the Liberal Party, and everyone assumes that we will only have the pleasure of Abbott’s company for another few months, the chaos in the wider circles of the Right cannot be underestimated, writes Guy Rundle.
In the course of the government's announcement on last week of its proposal for a mass surveillance data retention scheme, a number of falsehoods were uttered.
Did you hear the one about the billionaire mogul who thought the way to fix inequality was to cut corporate taxation? But wait, here's the kicker – he's one of the world's biggest tax dodgers, but he wants a crackdown on the tax dodging of his competitors.
There seems little doubt that MH17 was shot down with a BUK missile, fired by Russian-backed separatists – though, as usual, the media of the world is accepting a version of events long before it has been thoroughly checked out, writes Crikey's Guy Rundle.
Byron Writers Festival is thrilled to present Robyn Davidson, author of the international bestseller Tracks, for an intimate conversation with Zacharey Jane about her memoir Unfinished Woman.
A Message from Tasmania: ‘If you care about what you eat, be careful what you buy.’ A campaign to protect some of Australia’s most pristine waterways from industrial destruction is being launched nationally at the Brunswick Picture House on Friday evening at a live music and video event.