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Renting is a mug's game, ‘freedom’ is a lie, insecurity is a hellscape

Renting is a mug's game, ‘freedom’ is a lie, insecurity is a hellscape

Helen RazerMay 19, 201610 Comments

Private life becomes unendurable without the antidepressant of hope. So we accept and perpetuate lies about our circumstances.

Do refugees take our jerbs? No, they create new ones.

Do refugees take our jerbs? No, they create new ones.

Bernard KeaneMay 18, 201646 Comments

By demonising refugees, the government has ensured the issue will stay front of mind for voters. Too bad that refugees show exactly the characteristics that Malcolm Turnbull likes.

How the government got mugged by commodity prices and hubris

How the government got mugged by commodity prices and hubris

Bernard KeaneMay 17, 201623 Comments

The constant downgrading of revenue forecasts for the coming budget year illustrates how the Coalition, despite its own rhetoric, has been humbled by external factors.

All bow to the great god of manufacturing, you hypocrites

All bow to the great god of manufacturing, you hypocrites

Bernard KeaneMay 16, 201616 Comments

Bill Shorten wants Australia to remain a "manufacturing powerhouse". Rubbish: Australia is now a services powerhouse, and that's where its strength lies.

Turnbull’s company tax cut an $8b gift to the US govt

Turnbull’s company tax cut an $8b gift to the US govt

Ben OquistMay 16, 201610 Comments

A big beneficiary of further cutting Australia's company tax cut will, in fact, be the US Internal Revenue Service.

How the right is blunting Labor's Gonski wedge

How the right is blunting Labor's Gonski wedge

Bernard KeaneMay 16, 201610 Comments

The government has tried to reframe the Gonski debate as being simply about more spending on schools -- at the expense of disadvantaged students.

Campaign week one: high-level Turnbull fights guerrilla Shorten

Campaign week one: high-level Turnbull fights guerrilla Shorten

Bernard KeaneMay 13, 201615 Comments

A hung parliament looms as highly damaging for Labor as it revives memories of the Gillard years, but Turnbull has his own problems in NSW.

Michael West among Fairfax redundancies

Michael West among Fairfax redundancies

Myriam RobinMay 13, 201614 Comments

Hard-hitting business journo Michael West is among those saying goodbye to Fairfax.

Duncan Storrar is right, ScoMo is wrong -- money does mean more to the poor

Duncan Storrar is right, ScoMo is wrong -- money does mean more to the poor

Jason MurphyMay 13, 20167 Comments

A little goes a long way when household income is low. The same boost requires a lot more money once you’re richer.

Bowen hammers triple-A rating in budget reply

Bowen hammers triple-A rating in budget reply

Bernard KeaneMay 10, 20161 Comment

Chris Bowen delivered the usual shadow treasurer's budget reply today -- unusually, at the start of an election campaign and, unusually, with an extensive array of policies already laid out.