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Allegations that a five-year-old child may have been raped on Nauru have been questioned by the Immigration Department. The head of the department also attacked the “fanfare” around decisions on asylum seekers because it makes it harder for the government to quietly exercise discretion. Some asylum seekers waiting to find out whether they will be returned to Nauru have cancer and terminal illnesses. Australia’s imperialist history with Nauru.
Philip Ruddock is retiring from politics. And another Liberal frontbencher in trouble.
This weekend Beyoncé released a super-political new music video. Here’s a discussion.
Should the PM announce the election date (and start campaigning) the day after the Budget?
If you don’t see poverty you can convince yourself it doesn’t exist (cough, Sydney, cough).
Dollar-a-week union membership?
Henry Ergas on Egypt, dwarves, drilling, and the GST. Paul Kelly on the Liberal Party’s crisis of faith. Paula Matthewson on the GST as well.
Has the Northern Territory intervention failed?

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Sean Kelly was an adviser to prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. He is the Monthly’s politics editor.
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