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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

A Parliamentary Democracy for Everybody

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Forget what politicians say. What truly matters is what they do. And what they do is vote, to write our laws which affect us all. A Parliamentary...

Government advertising may be legal, but it’s corrupting our electoral process

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The Coalition government’s use of taxpayer money for political advertising – as much as A$136 million since January, according to Labor figures - is far...

Words that matter. What’s a franking credit? What’s dividend imputation? And...

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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,...

It’s the budget cash splash that reaches back in time

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It’s the budget cash splash that reaches back in time Peter Martin, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University Talk about retrospective. In his determination...

Is there any hope for gambling reform in a new parliament?

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Charles Livingstone, Monash University Since then-prime minister Julia Gillard appointed Peter Slipper to the speaker’s chair in 2011, the gambling lobby has appeared triumphant in...

What is and isn’t a ‘sovereign risk’

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What is Sovereign Risk Sovereign risk is the chance that a central bank will implement foreign exchange rules that will significantly reduce or negate the...

The 2019 Budget entrenches neoliberal inequality

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I’ve listened hard for the sound of wealth trickling down but all I hear is the sound of the excluded still waiting Amid the fanfare...

Adani may still get Taxpayers $Billions

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Why Adani may still get its government loan Brendan Gogarty, University of Tasmania Even though the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced she would be vetoing the...

Adani plans to take 12.5b litres of water as farmer denied...

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The mining giant plans to take 12.5 billion litres of water from the Suttor River every year, nearly as much as all local farmers...

Selling the family jewels. Privatisation a clear picture

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The following is an excerpt from a report on privatisation commissioned by The Unitarian Church of East Melbourne prepared and written by Henrike Brussaard...