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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...

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...

Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry

The evidence to emerge from the royal commission's grilling of the heads of Australia's biggest...

The Great Artesian Basin – Rivers in crisis

The environmental and ecological disasters occurring at the Murray-Darling Basin are driven by capitalism, writes...

The vomit principle, the dead bat, the freeze: how political spin doctors’ tactics aim to shape the news

The vomit principle, the dead bat, the freeze: how political spin doctors' tactics aim to...

Political donations 2017-18: search all the declarations by Australian parties

Today Australian voters have discovered who was bankrolling the nation’s political parties more than 18...

Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission Report

South Australian report also finds negligence and unlawful actions in drawing up multibillion-dollar deal to...

Getting to the heart of coal seam gas protests – it’s not just the technical risks

Getting to the heart of coal seam gas protests – it's not just the technical...

Murray Darling & Great Artesian Basin are dying

Talk about killing your darlings. Our habitual Australia Day flags-and-dates furore tells more about our insecurities than...

We’re awarding the Order of Australia to the wrong people

We're awarding the Order of Australia to the wrong people Nicholas Gruen, University of Technology Sydney It’s...

The truth about political donations: there is so much we don’t know

Approximately $15 million in donations was disclosed by donors, a small proportion of parties' total...

The ‘great Australian silence’ 50 years on

The 'great Australian silence' 50 years on Detail from Julie Shiels’ 1954 poster White on black:...

Murray Darling Basin disaster. Why?

Nationals leader and acting PM brushes off suggestions government could do more to solve Menindee...

The Murray-Darling Basin: Water, markets and money

If the Department of Agriculture paid 2,500% above the average price for water in the Lower Darling,...

What lies beneath the cracks in Opal Tower — and buildings across Australia

The saga of Opal Tower, the 36-storey Sydney apartment building evacuated on Christmas Eve after...

New regulations expose energy price gouging through ‘free’ comparison sites

New regulations expose energy price gouging through 'free' comparison sites Consumers who used comparison sites typically...

The Coalition is determined to spend from beyond the grave

It's easier to develop long-run visions than solve short-term problems, which presumably explains why governments...

Adani’s key water management plan is flawed and used some unverified data, CSIRO says

Report finds more than 95% chance of hydrological changes to Belyando River Basin from mines...

Faith and trust? Prime Ministers? Politicians? The budget will restore trust?

"We've soundly established that this was a crappy, crappy year, even by Canberra's standards" Annabell Crab...

MYEFO reveals billions more in revenue, $9 billion in fresh election tax cuts

They are the two rules that have defined the Coalition's economic management - budget repair...

 

 

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The least-skilled workers are the losers in globalisation

The least-skilled workers are the losers in globalisation Jeff Borland, University of MelbourneMost experts say globalisation spreads wealth, bringing people out of poverty and nations...

Death Still Certain. Company Taxes Less So.

Maybe we need to amend the adage about death and taxes being the only two certainties. No offense to Benjamin Franklin (or whoever said...

A cheat sheet for reading the federal budget

The budget papers aren’t so scary, if you know how to read them. Lukas Coch/AAP Phil Lewis, University of Canberra and Anne Garnett, Murdoch University The federal...

With Justin Milne gone, how does the ABC go about restoring...

Andrew Dodd, University of Melbourne The ABC’s former chairman, Justin Milne, has propelled himself from obscurity to infamy in just four days. Along the way,...

The Story Behind Banksy

The subversive and secretive street artist turned the art world upside-down Arguably the most controversial street artist in the world, Banksy has developed an entire...

Adani may still get Taxpayers $Billions

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...

Selling the family jewels. Privatisation a clear picture

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

Who wins from (British ) Google tax?

Perhaps what's most interesting about the government's planned new Diverted Profits Tax, AKA the "Google" tax, is how much noise and debate it has...

Panama Papers: Offshore Leaks Database Live Search Open on this page

On Monday, 300 economists signed a letter urging world leaders to end tax havens, saying they only benefited rich individuals and multinational corporations, while...

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