May, 2018

Wage stagnation is a major failing of our governing class

and , May 17, 2018

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Policymakers, refusing to accept that their wage growth thinking is deeply flawed, serve nothing but the interests of profitable corporations.

Australia’s silence on Timor-Leste election speaks of frayed bond

, May 17, 2018

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Australia continues to ignore the impressive display of democracy in action in Timor-Leste, a country it has routinely let down since independence.

Demonisation campaign against unions comes a cropper — yet again

, May 17, 2018

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Yet another trade union royal commission prosecution has spectacularly collapsed. Anyone seeing a pattern here?

Government’s Gaza response part of our enabling of Netanyahu’s butchery

, May 16, 2018

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After Trump, the Turnbull government is the biggest international enabler of the Netanyahu government's commitment to the brutal status quo of occupation in Palestine.

Poll Bludger: has the budget helped the government’s chances at re-election one bit?

, May 16, 2018

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While warring poll numbers cast doubt on voter's love for the Coalition, there are signs that Malcolm Turnbull may soon have a reason to await his preferred leader polls with hope rather than dread.

The scandalous lie beneath the ‘merit v diversity’ argument

, May 16, 2018

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Opponents of increased female participation insist that merit should win out over diversity. But history has routinely shown us that "merit" is a myth.

Broader force: airports become a dead zone for your basic human rights

, May 15, 2018

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Police will be given new parties to override civil liberties in airports, as the government wastes hundreds of millions on security theatre.

Turnbull has an opportunity to address the real reasons social welfare falls short

, May 15, 2018

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The government's upcoming review of the public service is a welcome opportunity to fix persistent problems with the delivery of social services, something ministers are unwilling to do themselves.

China Lobby demands the end of Julie Bishop

, May 15, 2018

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In a sure sign that Julie Bishop is handling China well, apologists for Beijing are railing against her.

Senseless Prentice ousting a win for the new governing class

, May 14, 2018

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The defeat of Turnbull government minister Jane Prentice for LNP preselection illustrates how politics is becoming ever more like a professionalised career ladder rather than a democratic endeavour.

The clear message behind the government’s ABC cuts

, May 14, 2018

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The government has definitively told the ABC that if they're not going to stay off the media oligopolies' turf, then they'll be starved. It's going to take some shrewd maneuvering for the broadcaster to come out the other side.

The big end of town v a ragtag bunch of indies in Melbourne mayoral race

, May 11, 2018

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Forget about the issues like the Queen Victoria Market and the Apple store. The mayoral byelection to replace Robert Doyle seems to about be the full cast of characters seeking the gig.

Are the major parties dealing with the central problem of neoliberalism?

, May 11, 2018

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The key difference between the major parties now is that one is only treating the symptoms of the collapse of neoliberalism, while the other -- tentatively -- is looking at the condition itself.

Half a billion extra on national security and the government won’t tell us why

, May 10, 2018

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The government is treating us with contempt by racking up hundreds of millions of dollars of extra national security spending without debate or transparency.

Just how ‘vindictive’ was the government’s ABC cut?

, May 10, 2018

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The government singled out the ABC for particular punishment in this year's budget, while it has showered cash on its competitors.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: where were you during the Post-2018 Budget Massacre?

, May 10, 2018

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As soon as the budget was through, the High Court spared no time in pulling the plug on the latest slew of parliamentary dual citizens.

Poll Bludger: more byelection angst for Shorten

, May 10, 2018

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The biggest danger to Shorten may lie in the one seat where Labor will not have a dog in the fight: the South Australian electorate of Mayo.

‘Ideological and vindictive’: reactions to ABC budgets cuts

, May 09, 2018

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ABC staff have responded to new $84 million cuts to the broadcaster's funding, which union officials are calling a highly politicised attack against an already besieged vital service.

Labor set for byelection test after High Court ousts Gallagher

, May 09, 2018

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The High Court has booted Labor's Katy Gallagher from the Senate in a decision that almost certainly guarantees that Labor will face three byelections, two of them in highly marginal seats.

Government still failing on wage growth

, May 09, 2018

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The government's efforts to address wage stagnation will make little difference to ordinary workers while it waits for the much-predicted wages growth to finally arrive.