Can John Howard save the NRL?

October 7, 2009

The Tele, owned by News Ltd who also co-own the NRL, is reporting that former PM John Howard is a likely contender to head up a new independent NRL commission.

Why politicians don’t respond to good evidence

October 7, 2009

When it comes to difficult issues like abortion, politicians often simply ignore perfectly solid and straightforward facts they disagree with, or keep looking until they find some that confirms their prejudices, says Eva Cox.

Exeunt Grech

October 7, 2009

The curtain has finally dropped on the long and controversial public service career of Godwin Grech, according to The Oz, making a quiet exit stage left from the Treasury last week.

Kelly: Coalition assure Rudd’s power for many years to come

October 7, 2009

PM Kevin Rudd should give a hearty thank you to the Opposition, because thanks to Malcolm Turnbull and disagreements over climate change, they are about to hand Labor another two terms on a plate, writes Paul Kelly.

Stutchbury: Why Swan doesn’t want your applause

October 7, 2009

Wayne Swan should be lapping-up the news heralded by the RBA rate hike that the economy is back on track, says Michael Stutchbury. But the rest of the world's finance ministers are still battling recession, and Swan would rather fit in with the cool crowd.

Costello: We can shape Copenhagen? Tell ’em he’s dreaming

October 7, 2009

Don't get sick of the ETS, because it will dominate the news for years. But, it would be stupid to agree to targets pre Copenhagen and any targets will be changed in the future anyway. Peter Costello will even bet you on it.

Essential Report: Voters get on board with Kevin 747

October 6, 2009

This week's Essential Report asked questions this week on Kevin Rudd's foreign affairs, finding Australians thought he did a bang-up job at the recent G20 and UN meetings, and reckon he's putting up a good (if a little rotund) face for Australia in the international community.

The CPRS is pointless. It’s Copenhagen that counts

October 6, 2009 27

Whether the CPRS gets up or not will make no difference to global temperatures, writes Dr Richard Denniss. Why Malcolm Turnbull would stake his leadership on something so meaningless defies logic.

Time to take on Australia’s toughest closed shop: specialist medicine

October 6, 2009 10

As long as there is a gross under-supply of specialists and an unwillingness to think about big changes to the way governments reimburse doctors services, the public will remain the big losers, writes Professor Ian Hickie.

A new Liberal climate position: the Minchin line

October 6, 2009 14

Climate change is being used by the Government to wedge the Opposition mercilessly, in far more savage a fashion than John Howard ever managed to do to Labor on refugees or national security.