Sydney Morning Herald: Morrison needs to summon courage to act on Biloela family

Let me be blunt: there is no defensible argument for why the Murugappan family shouldn’t return to Biloela. Not one. It is a tragedy that Priya and Nades Murugappan have spent the last three years raising their Australian-born daughters, Kopika and Tharnicaa, in the remote Christmas Island detention centre. This latest decision to reunite them in Perth, some 3500km from …

Why I donated to friendlyjordies’ legal defence fund

Politicians need thick skin. From your first day as a candidate, you should anticipate frequent public confrontations with aggrieved constituents, ear-splitting protesters, brash journalists and obnoxious commentators. It comes with the territory. When I was prime minister, the media would frequently camp outside my home, stake out my electorate office and throng my local church on Sundays. I even once …

Project Syndicate: The Virus Next Time

As more developed countries begin to feel as though they have made it to the other side of the COVID-19 crisis, two striking realities are coming into view. First, one can clearly see just how vulnerable many developing countries still are to rapidly escalating outbreaks of the type we are witnessing in India. The results of failing to distribute the …