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Leadership drought reaps its harvest

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Leadership drought reaps its harvest As John Hewson wrote, The global world of politics is beginning...

Viewpoint: What’s in half a degree of climate change?

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Viewpoint: What's in half a degree of climate change? Our dual needs to save the planet and...

Lobbyists, Influencers and self interest. Welcome to Scott Morrison’s informed world

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'Brutal': Marcia Langton, early backer of welfare card, savages its roll out One of the few...

Arrogant out of touch bankers

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'Protected species': Former bank executive Rob Ferguson gives big four a serve Rob Ferguson’s CV reeks...

Media freedom is at risk when Nine hosts a Liberal fundraiser

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The money-raising hosted by Nine had none of the sleaziness and claimed illegality of the...

The Amazon is on fire – here are 5 things you need to know

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The Amazon is on fire – here are 5 things you need to know Huge fires...

The Strait of Hormuz is the most important oil choke point in the world. Use our interactive map to explore it

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The Strait of Hormuz is the most important oil choke point in the world. Use...

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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...

Adani will decimate Australia’s Great Artesian Basin

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

Climate Change: The facts

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

Murray Darling Fish Kill is Neoliberalism working

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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

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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

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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

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

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 2019 Pork Barrel Election

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

Weasels win from any cycle of vengence

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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

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

Democracy’s danger hidden in plain sight

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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

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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

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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

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One of the Institute of Public Affair's greatest successes has been to stitch climate denialism...

Murray-Darling Basin (SA) Royal Commission Report

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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

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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’?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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

Franking credits: everything you need to know

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

Bank leadership clearout needed to clean up culture

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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

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

Politics

The Australian companies you didn’t know were owned by the big...

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Everyone knows Australia’s big four banks are huge, accounting as they do for almost one quarter of the value of all the companies on...

How to transition from coal: 4 lessons for Australia from around...

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How to transition from coal: 4 lessons for Australia from around the world Chris Briggs, University of Technology Sydney; Elsa Dominish, University of Technology Sydney,...

Articulate US teenagers could finally force action on gun control

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Articulate US teenagers could finally force action on gun control Articulate US teenagers could finally force action on gun control George Rennie, University of Melbourne On Wednesday...

Back to the centre

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The electorate is not as volatile as we might imagine By George Megalogenis For the third election in a row, Australians are being offered a choice...

Murray-Darling Basin (SA) Royal Commission Report

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It is not sufficient to make broad comments and recommendations about what should be fixed without recognizing and taking into account why and how...

Unprecedented concentration of corporate influence

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Labor senator Sam Dastyari has warned there is something "fundamentally wrong and rotten" with Australia's entire political system, claiming there are 10 huge companies...

Pigs at the trough – Revenues of $5billion or yearly cost...

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Prime Minister Turnbull is pushing Tax Breaks for the Big End Of Town Why? The following corporations while generating revenues of almost $5billion dollars have decided...

For bankers, acountability does not start at home

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For bankers, acountability does not start at home Pat McConnell, Macquarie University When the CEOs of the four major banks fronted the House Economics Committee, the...

Tourists are happy when taken off the beaten track, and smaller...

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Yes, it’s a beautiful part of the world, but what sets Ballyhoura apart is the deliberate focus on a warm, local welcome. stephendotcarter/flickr, CC BY Elizabeth...

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