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Dealing with Drugs

July 10th, 2017

The Australia21 report, ‘Can Australia respond to drugs more effectively and safely?’, released in March of this year, argues that it’s time to bring an end to the costly, unavailing campaign of criminalising drug users – and to instead adopt a wide approach to harm reduction. Sally Warhaft and Bob Carr — Photo: Jon Tjhia The report’s 13 key...

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Elections Across Europe

June 9th, 2017

Sally Warhaft, Georgina Downer and Mary Gearin — Photo: Jon Tjhia In 2017, Europe is in a period of heightened uncertainty: the rise of populist politics, the biggest refugee crisis since World War II, the prospect of a weakened European Union and an increasingly assertive Russia on its doorstep. French voters recently rejected both major...

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David Marr

May 26th, 2017

In previousQuarterly Essays, David Marr has turned his merciless pen to powerful men of the establishment: George Pell, Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten. In his new biographical essay, however, Marr’s subject is a self-styled populist outlier and a woman: Pauline Hanson. As Australian political figures go, they don’t come much more...

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State of the Nation

May 10th, 2017

c Sally Warhaft and Kerry O'Brien — Photo: Shannon Hick We’ve all heard the ‘jobs and growth’ mantra, but what are the specifics of the Turnbull Government’s vision for the country? At this special Fifth Estate discussion, the day after Treasurer Scott Morrison delivered the 2017 budget, Sally Warhaft and veteran journalist Kerry O’Brien unpack...