Australian Politics

Is East Timor the solution?

July 12, 2010 | Karin SowadaWith the advent of a new Prime Minister, we have moved from the Pacific Solution to the East Timor Solution on refugees.

Outsider hit from out of the blue

June 25, 2010 | Karin SowadaKarin Sowada dissects the last few days in Australian politics.

Bar of responsibility moves lower

June 9, 2010 | Karin SowadaThe picture in Sunday's paper was very telling. Governor Marie Bashir was presiding at yet another swearing-in of NSW Government ministers

SJEC seeks to heal SRE damage

June 7, 2010 | Jeremy HalcrowEXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: In a major development in the debate, Simon Longstaff from the SJEC concedes that the ethics lessons should not compete head-to-head with SRE, but rather that SRE should be remain 'opt-out'.

The mob supports newcomers

May 19, 2010 | Karin SowadaYou mob out there, do you support them in these promises?' With these words, the Bishop of the Northern Territory concluded a Roper River confirmation service.

Giving to Caesar

May 4, 2010 | Karin SowadaFinally the Federal Government has formally responded to the Henry Tax Review. Surprisingly, of the 140 recommendations, few will see the light of day in the near future.

Community will lacking on liquor

April 13, 2010 | Karin SowadaIf further evidence was needed that NSW is in the grip of the liquor industry, look no further than the recent State Government decision concerning liquor restrictions at pubs and clubs.

Coagulating Australia

March 24, 2010 | Karin SowadaFederal governments hate state elections. Why? The Feds have no control over State polls, of either the process or personalities involved.

Banging the disability drum is not sexy

February 22, 2010 | Karin SowadaSadly, disability has always had trouble attracting the attention of policymakers. There is no quick solution to this issue which touches 1 in 5 Australians.

Top 7 political trends in 2010

February 8, 2010 | Karin Sowada"Pollies returned in force to Canberra last week, and the theatrics quickly began..." Click for Karin Sowada's must-read guide to the year ahead in politics.

Copenhagen limps to a ‘cowardly’ end

December 22, 2009 | Karin SowadaThe final results of the Copenhagen summit re-affirmed that great western policy response – in the absence of a solution, throw money at a problem.

December claims more victims

December 8, 2009 | Karin SowadaOne MP recently described December as the political killing zone. Last week's events have once again proved the truth of this statement.

Drying out the schoolies

November 23, 2009 | Karin SowadaSchoolies week was around when I did the HSC years ago but it is was nothing like the size of the event today. It is an awful spectacle to see drunken teenagers vomiting into gutters and publicly sleeping off hangovers.

A sleeper awakes

November 10, 2009 | Karin SowadaThe issue of human rights was the sleeper of Synod that never quite woke up. But as Karin Sowada argues, there is plenty of heat in the debate.

Where have all the women gone?

October 12, 2009 | Karin SowadaIf a board or committee can't find a suitable female lawyer, accountant, management consultant, human resources specialist or financial analyst, it is not trying hard enough.