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Minor parties perform well in federal election and reconfirm the power of preference deals

Minor parties perform well in federal election and reconfirm the power of preference deals This was...

Real estate agents targeting tenants is the lowest of the low blows during election 2019

Real estate agents targeting tenants is the lowest of the low blows during election 2019 Real...

Adani – Interactive cost, environmental impacts, jobs and the future

Interactive: Everything you need to know about Adani – from cost, environmental impact and jobs...

How to transition from coal: 4 lessons for Australia from around the world

How to transition from coal: 4 lessons for Australia from around the world Chris Briggs, University...

Dirty Power: Big Coal’s dirty network of influence over both sides of Australian Government

If you’ve ever wondered why so many Australians oppose coal, but coal keeps coming out...

What is and isn’t a ‘sovereign risk’

What is Sovereign Risk Sovereign risk is the chance that a central bank will implement foreign...

Adani will decimate Australia’s Great Artesian Basin

Unpacking the flaws in Adani's water management plan Matthew Currell, RMIT University and Adrian Werner, Flinders...

Climate Change: The facts

Sir David Attenborough's new BBC documentary on climate change has been praised by TV critics. Climate...

Murray Darling Fish Kill is Neoliberalism working

Initially this newspaper proposed that the Murray Darling Basin catastrophe was the proverbial “Canary in...

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

The Coalition government’s use of taxpayer money for political advertising – as much as A$136 million...

What just happened to our tax? Here’s an explanation you’ll understand

What just happened to our tax? Here's an explanation you'll understand So far, Labor is $95...

The Coalition says the silliest things about economic management

Riddle me this: if “free market” politicians think that the role of governments is to get...

The 2019 Budget entrenches neoliberal inequality

I’ve listened hard for the sound of wealth trickling down but all I hear is...

The 2019 Pork Barrel Election

Captains pick Ita Buttrose has been noticeably quite since she was elected unopposed after rigorous...

Weasels win from any cycle of vengence

According to Katharine Murphy, Morrison has been flat out trying to hold his team together...

How a power station sold for peanuts became a $730 million asset

It might rank as the deal of the century — but an appalling result for...

Democracy’s danger hidden in plain sight

We obsess over our pollies’ private flaws and peccadilloes and call this politics when actually...

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...

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,...

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...

Murray-Darling Basin (SA) Royal Commission Report

It is not sufficient to make broad comments and recommendations about what should be fixed...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Coal miners derided climate action ‘sideshow’. Now it’s the main event

The Chief Judge refused the Rocky Hill Coal Project, near the mid-north coast town of...

Negative gearing changes will affect us all, mostly for the better

Negative gearing changes will affect us all, mostly for the better Don’t have a negatively geared...

Politicians in 2014 held $300m in property, so how should they influence housing policy?

Canberra’s 226 MPs and senators own 524 properties between them – an average of 2.4...

Franking credits: everything you need to know

What are franking credits, how do they work and who is entitled to them? What is...

Bank leadership clearout needed to clean up culture

The current executives and boards of the nation's banks are not the right people to...

Taxpayers should not be subsidising lifestyle of wealthy retirees

A reverse death tax that helps the rich The dividend imputation system is a rort Australia...

The prime minister is wrong to pretend that it’s the economy’s loss if high-income earners have less money to spend

At a time when the number of people studying economics is at a record low,...

After previous failures, doubts linger over the ability of APRA and ASIC to lift their game

Doubts have been raised whether the nation’s two peak financial regulators will be able to...

Hayne’s failure to tackle bank structure means that in a decade or so another treasurer will have to call another royal commission

Hayne’s failure to tackle bank structure means that in a decade or so another treasurer...

Compensation scheme to follow Hayne’s indictment of financial sector

Compensation scheme to follow Hayne’s indictment of financial sector Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra The Morrison government...

Banking Royal Commission: no commissions, no exemptions, no fees without permission. Hayne gets the government to do a U-turn

Banking Royal Commission: no commissions, no exemptions, no fees without permission. Hayne gets the...

Yes, Kenneth: Coalition response to banking inquiry is pure politics

The government hopes to neutralise the shocking royal commission evidence by accepting everything Kenneth Hayne...

Key Points and Recommendations from Royal Commission into Banking Misconduct

Kenneth Hayne’s report into the banking and financial services industry makes 24 referrals to the...

 

 

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Democracy’s danger hidden in plain sight

We obsess over our pollies’ private flaws and peccadilloes and call this politics when actually it’s just gossip. But when it comes to researching...

The price of victory: comparing the cost of Olympic gold to...

Jason Potts, RMIT University; Patrik Wikström, Queensland University of Technology, and Stuart Cunningham, Queensland University of Technology The Olympics are over now for another four...

Three claims used to justify pulling codeine from sale without a...

Codeine Banned In Australia: Why The Arguments Don't Add Up Three claims used to justify pulling codeine from sale without a prescription, and why they're...

It will take decades, but the Murray Darling Basin Plan is...

The Basin has 23 major rivers. Almost 4 million people rely on water from these rivers and catchments for the survival of their families,...

‘No one is steering the ship’: five lessons learned (or not)...

Kate Griffiths, Grattan Institute A year ago, the power system went down in South Australia. Homes and businesses across the state were without electricity for...

Four reasons the Australian government should consider litigation against tobacco companies

Four reasons the Australian government should consider litigation against tobacco companies     Smoking costs taxpayers more than $30 billion annually, should tobacco companies foot the bill? from...

Budget 2019 at a glance: Infographic

Tax cuts of $1080 could be in workers’ pockets from July 1 under Scott Morrison’s election battle budget, which forecasts a “back in black”...

How Australia’s NRA-inspired gun lobby is trying to chip away at...

How Australia's NRA-inspired gun lobby is trying to chip away at gun control laws, state by state The SIFA gun lobby is running ads in...

Dirty Coal Peddlers

The coal industry has infiltrated Australia's federal government through a secretive network of ties, working to influence Australia’s political decisions at the highest level:...

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