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How Australia’s NRA-inspired gun lobby is trying to chip away at gun control laws, state by state

How Australia's NRA-inspired gun lobby is trying to chip away at gun control laws, state...

Stamp duty fever: the bad economics behind swapping stamp duty for land tax

To paraphrase former prime minister Paul Keating, walk into any pet shop in the country...

Liberals trounced in huge Wentworth swing, bringing a hung parliament

Dr Phelps said her win should be an encouragement for other independents wanting to enter...

The Morrison government’s biggest economic problem? Climate change denia

The Morrison government's biggest economic problem? Climate change denial The government’s stubborn commitment to coal is...

Australia has two decades to avoid the most damaging impacts of climate change

Australia has two decades to avoid the most damaging impacts of climate change Iain Stewart, ClimateWorks...

New UN report outlines ‘urgent, transformational’ change needed to hold global warming to 1.5°C

New UN report outlines 'urgent, transformational' change needed to hold global warming to 1.5°C National Renewable...

The uncivil Mr Jones

View from The Hill: The uncivil Mr Jones Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra The row over shock...

The Japanese art of kintsugi and how it can help with defeat in sport

The Japanese art of kintsugi and how it can help with defeat in sport Kintsugi: don’t...

‘Honeygate’ deepens as new tests reveal 27% of brands are adulterated

'Honeygate' deepens as new tests reveal 27% of brands are adulterated The new discovery significantly deepens...

Coalition’s changes to finance laws could be a ‘dreadful step backwards’

“What is actually the point of undoing it? One actually asks, why do you want...

Banking Royal Commission’s damning report: ‘Things are so bad that new laws might not help’

Banking Royal Commission's damning report: 'Things are so bad that new laws might not help' Peter...

With Justin Milne gone, how does the ABC go about restoring its crucial independence?

Andrew Dodd, University of Melbourne The ABC’s former chairman, Justin Milne, has propelled himself from obscurity...

A Parliamentary Democracy for Everybody

Forget what politicians say. What truly matters is what they do. And what they do is vote,...

Senior ministers deal death blow to Malcolm Turnbull’s prime ministership

Senior ministers deal death blow to Malcolm Turnbull's prime ministership Michaelia Cash and Mathias Cormann have...

How to move energy policy models beyond bias and vested interests

How to move energy policy models beyond bias and vested interests How to move energy policy models...

FactCheck: GetUp! on the impact of US corporate tax cuts on wages

Economic modelling produced by Victoria University’s Centre of Policy Studies (and of which I was...

Emma Husar allegations show a need for clearer rules about what MPs can – and cannot – do

Emma Husar allegations show a need for clearer rules about what MPs can - and cannot...

Australia’s wholesale electricity market.

High electricity prices are here to stay, according to a new Grattan Institute report that...

Partially right: rejecting neoliberalism shouldn’t mean giving up on social liberalism

Partially right: rejecting neoliberalism shouldn't mean giving up on social liberalism shutterstock. Richard Holden, UNSW and Rosalind...

Revealed: This is how much ordinary Australians really earn

A casual glance at the news in recent months may have left you thinking the...

Why do we ship Australian Profits Overseas?

Every dollar the Queensland government spends on handouts to coal companies is a dollar that...

Tax Justice May Podcast

In this month’s Taxcast: We discuss why we can’t afford the rich and challenge ideas...

What happens to small towns whose water becomes big business for bottled brands?

What happens to small towns whose water becomes big business for bottled brands? The more the...

Risks are greater than I can recall in my working life

Despite the encouraging “maths” in this budget, the return to surplus has still yet to...

Banking encourages cheating

Any meaningful shift in the finance sector’s corporate culture will have to come from within,...

Government timing tricks hide the real budget story

Timing tricks help politicians avoid dealing with the substance of their policies. That isn’t going...

View from The Hill: A tax cut that will ‘pay your rego’

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra The Turnbull government has produced a budget that it hopes it...

Infographic: Budget 2018 at a glance

Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND Jenni Henderson, The Conversation and Wes Mountain, The Conversation Jenni Henderson, Section...

Eight charts on our growing tax problem: what abandoning tax reform means for taxpayers

Eight charts on our growing tax problem: what abandoning tax reform means for taxpayers Rebecca Cassells,...

Budget explainer: the structural deficit and what it means

The ageing of Australia contributes to its structural deficit. Flickr/Jonas Boni, CC BY Sarantis Tsiaplias, University of...

How Australia’s mysterious ‘fifth bank’ has dodged the royal commission

While the banking royal commission battles on, exposing scandal after scandal so serious it looks as though...

After damning the Commonwealth Bank’s management, regulators want the bank to fix itself

Helen Bird, Swinburne University of Technology A report on the Commonwealth Bank’s governance, culture and accountability...

Company boards are stacked with friends of friends so how can we expect change?

Sherene Smith, RMIT University Social connections drive board appointments and more than two-thirds of directors in...

Private health insurance premium increases explained in 14 charts

Health Insurance - Rivers of Gold The Private Health Insurance Ombudsman revealed complaints about the industry had increased...

Do you really need private health insurance? Here’s what you need to know before deciding

Every year at the end of March and early in April, the 11 million Australians...

Sick of Selfish Drivers Parking in Disabled Parking Spaces?

I fume every time I see some ignorant selfish di*khead driver act as though 'god...

You should check these privacy settings on Facebook now

How to See, And Block, All The Apps Tracking You on Facebook Don't want developers to...

The Story Behind Banksy

The subversive and secretive street artist turned the art world upside-down Arguably the most controversial street...

Could Labor’s tax changes make the system fairer or hurt investors?

Under dividend imputation rules, Australians are given franking credits on the dividends they receive...

ExxonMobil avoids corporate tax until 2021

ExxonMobile reported revenues of $9.6bn in 2013-14, $8.5bn in 2014-15 and $6.7bn in 2015-16. ExxonMobil told a Senate inquiry...

 

 

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Politics

Coalition’s youth internship scheme failure

Half leave Coalition's youth internship scheme without a job Exclusive: Retail workers’ union says young people are being used as ‘cheap labour for six months...

Deaths at Dreamworld theme park could lead to safety changes for...

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...

See Cardi B, Hillary Clinton Mock Donald Trump in ‘Corden’ Skit...

James Corden auditioned a group of celebrities – including Cardi B, DJ Khaled and Hillary Clinton – for the chance to make a spoken-word version...

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...

What is GDPR, and why should I care?

Katharine Schwab is an associate editor at Co.Design based in New York who covers technology, design, and culture. Your complete guide to the new law,...

Should Australians follow the British lead and boycott tax avoiders?

Elfriede Sangkuhl, The Conversation December 18, 2012 In the UK the recent boycott of Starbucks by consumers has helped elicit a pledge from the coffee...

Is Medicare under threat? Making sense of the privatisation debate

Stephen Duckett, Grattan Institute Many Australians will go to the polls on July 2 believing the future of Medicare is at stake. In a sense...

Eliminate Private Donor Funding

Similar to the argument in favour of political advertising is that third party donations are a form of freedom of speech . A contrary...

Could Labor’s tax changes make the system fairer or hurt investors?

Under dividend imputation rules, Australians are given franking credits on the dividends they receive for the shares they own in order to avoid...

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