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Is it time to ditch the private health insurance rebate? It’s a question Labor...

Is it time to ditch the private health insurance rebate? It's a question Labor can't ignore Premium subsidies encourage Australians to take out and keep...

The decoy effect: how you are influenced to choose without really knowing it

The decoy effect: how you are influenced to choose without really knowing it The decoy effect is the phenomenon where consumers swap their preference between...

It all begins again. Politicians chasing money and donors

Do we want or deserve neo-liberalism ? It all begins again The retirement announcement of Julie Bishop, late on Thursday afternoon, was a signature Bishop move....

How one think tank poisoned Australia’s climate debate

One of the Institute of Public Affair's greatest successes has been to stitch climate denialism into the very fabric of the conservative political identity. From...

Murray-Darling Basin (SA) Royal Commission Report

It is not sufficient to make broad comments and recommendations about what should be fixed without recognizing and taking into account why and how...

The more women in government, the healthier a population

End Washington Corruption Washington works great for the wealthy and the well-connected, but it isn’t working for anyone else. Companies and wealthy individuals spend billions...

Shorten’s victory will bring dangerous counter strikes from a desperate government

View from the Hill: Shorten's victory will bring dangerous counter strikes from a desperate government Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra An extraordinary amount of hype and...

Words that matter. What’s a franking credit? What’s dividend imputation? And what’s ‘retiree tax’?

Words that matter. What’s a franking credit? What’s dividend imputation? And what's 'retiree tax'? There are words you’ll need to understand. But imputation is complex,...

The government only wants you to focus on half the story – Labor’s taxes

When the prime minister started the year, a big line of his economic attack was the damage the ALP’s extra $200bn worth of tax...

Banking RC Report: The banks have learned how to rort the system

The Banking RC Report marginalises small business borrowers, effectively calling them sore losers and whingers and telling them to bugger off once and for all, writes Dr...