Vincent O'Donnell, RMIT University The “most significant media reform in Australia in a generation”, as unveiled by Communications Minister Mitch Fifield earlier this month, is no reform. It is a capitulation to the interests of licensees, shareholders and rent-seekers in...
Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has announced a shake-up of Australia’s media ownership laws. So, what rules are being scrapped? And how might their axing affect Australia’s media sector? The rules On the chopping block are the “75% reach” and “two out...
Tens of thousands of Australians have had their lives ruined by the major banks. If there's no need for a Royal Commission because ASIC has greater powers, then why is the Turnbull Government wasting time and money on a...
This was the major electoral recommendation of the 2009 Citizens’ Parliament which assembled 150 randomly selected citizens drawn from every electorate nationally. (Disclosure Note: this event was funded and operated by the Foundation. Full findings are found here. In practice,...
Steve Conley got the call early on Nov. 5. A natural gas storage well was leaking methane into the air at Aliso Canyon, near a Los Angeles suburb, and no one knew just how bad it was—could he get...
Craig Fry, Victoria University He may not realise it yet, but Australian swimmer Mack Horton’s biggest achievement at the Rio Olympics this week wasn’t winning the 400m freestyle gold medal. It was the stance he took against doping, in reference...
The major parties now compete to outspend each other at elections while devoting ever increasing resources to raise the funds this demands.’ John Madigan My appointment to a Senate committee inquiring into political donations was blocked, the inquiry failed to call...
Australia’s own version of the Panama papers is the Report of the Independent Parliamentary Entitlements System Review, February 2016. A secret alliance between Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull to join forces to become the Gordon Gekko of Australian Politics?  The 2016...
Deaths at Dreamworld theme park could lead to safety changes for amusement rides David Eager, University of Technology Sydney Investigations are under way following the tragic accident at the Dreamworld theme park on the Gold Coast on Tuesday that left four...
Revenue Academic raises alarm Heath Aston: Political correspondent, SMH The contribution to federal tax revenues from multinational oil and gas companies has slumped and a senior academic has warned that the mega gas projects coming online off the Western Australian coast...
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