Budget countdown: incomes between a tax cut and a hard place

April 15, 2009

Australia has an unfair, warped and immensely costly approach to incomes policy and the coming budget is the ideal time to start the long process of fixing it.

Essential Report: Ruddnet China and budget edition

April 15, 2009

This week's Essential Report comes in with the primaries running to the ALP 51 (down 3)/34 (up 2), for a two party preferred of 61/39 -- the ALP dropping 2 points from the stratospheric highs of 63.

Westpoll: 52-48 to Federal Labor in WA

April 15, 2009

Today’s West Australian brings a Westpoll survey of 400 voters showing federal Labor with a two-party lead in the state of 52-48.

Unions trade member interests for seats and influence

April 14, 2009

The revelations over the ABCC do little to explain the broader labour movement’s continuing counter-productive closeness to its lackeys in the ALP.

Telstra turns from gorilla to pussycat

April 14, 2009

All it took was one announcement to turn Telstra into Kevin Rudd's lapdog.

Budget countdown: $50b deficit is just the beginning

April 14, 2009

The hunt for savings within the Commonwealth budget is unlikely to make much of a dent in the looming shortfalls.

Dear Malcolm Turnbull, hang in there tiger

April 9, 2009

Dear Malcolm, I’ve noticed lately things having been going so well, so here’s some gratuitous advice.

NBN: Everyone’s got an opinion

April 9, 2009

And also as always misinformation spreads fastest on Twitter. If you thought talkback radio was inane, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

Essay: Our children’s standard of living is at stake

April 9, 2009

Australian political and business leaders need to be able to see the ‘Big Picture’ to be globally competitive, writes Peter Cox.

RuddNet funding in serious doubt, say analysts

April 8, 2009

Leading broking and investment firms have cast doubt on the ability of the Federal Government to fund the $43 billion NBN, writes Glenn Dyer.