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Political maps of Australia at booth level

Political maps of Australia at booth level

Possum ComitatusApr 28, 2009

Possum uses GPS, election data and the power of maths to create an Australian political map that shows voting preference by polling booth.

Budget countdown: will ABC and SBS survive our toughest budget in living memory?

Bernard KeaneApr 27, 2009

Before considering giving more money to the ABC, there’s the small matter of what savings the broadcaster could make.

Education revolution brings stress and strain with the largesse

CrikeyApr 27, 2009

Schools across the country are suffering unexpected strain from their share of the government’s largesse.

Why "Just Say No" to people smugglers won't work

Jeff SparrowApr 27, 2009

If you were a Tamil in that situation, facing – at best – life in a barbed wire camp, how would you respond to someone offering you a place on a boat?

Ms Wong goes to Washington

CrikeyApr 27, 2009

Penny Wong is in the first preparatory meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, writes Erwin Jackson.

Students can live with the poverty, but not the indignity

by Danu PoynerApr 27, 2009

Could you live on $26 a day? That's how much the Austudy allowance for a full-time student is, writes Danu Poyner.

Flu, GFC, boat people ... all good news for Rudd

Bernard KeaneApr 27, 2009

Nothing like the possibility of a pandemic to excite the media on a slow long weekend.

First home owner grant: just making vendors richer

Adam SchwabApr 27, 2009

The first home owners grant, especially in its boosted form, is not a policy which benefit first home buyers, but one which will lock them into a lifetime of possibly unserviceable debt.

The economy is not all gloom and doom

Mungo MacCallumApr 27, 2009

Rudd is not bragging when he says that, comparatively speaking, Australia remains economically in pretty good shape.

Could Australia's unemployment rate hit 10%?

CrikeyApr 27, 2009

Unemployment has jumped from 3.9% to 5.7% in just over a year. But double figures? Peter Martin has two reasons why we could well expect a double-digit unemployment rate.

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