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Robert Griew: from health to education

April 15, 2009

Yet another refugee from the state public service has found himself a senior position in Kevin Rudd’s Canberra bureaucracy.

Big polluters cry poor. Again.

April 15, 2009

Having designed a scheme that rewards the biggest polluters with billions of dollars’ worth of free permits, the Government is still facing demands from industry for more compensation.

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.

Tamils in Torres Strait

April 15, 2009

The Torres News has a piece on their website (and the front page of their dead tree version) about the recent arrival of fifty Tamil asylum seekers in the region. The style and detail of the story makes an interesting contrast to a lot of the mainstream media coverage of asylum seeker arrivals.

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.

Is Rudd bluffing on broadband?

April 15, 2009

Former Optus director Paul Fletcher reckons the government's real motivation behind the broadband network might be to shock Telstra back to the bargaining table.

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.