May, 2018

‘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.

The one major point of difference between the Liberals and the Business Council

, May 08, 2018

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The Business Council of Australia are in accord with the conservatives on many topics -- the recently flurry of cringy interviews with conservative politicians about Newstart reminds us of a major difference. 

Budget 2018: a parlour game for the governing class

, May 08, 2018

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Canberra on Budget Night is filled with people for whom the budget is an abstraction, not something with real impact on their lives.

How Barnaby Joyce breathed new life into the misery of live exports

, May 08, 2018

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During his period as Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce halted any efforts to improve animal welfare standards in live exports, expunged animal welfare from his department and degraded existing protections. And his department has followed his example.

Melbourne mayoral debate spending under the spotlight

, May 07, 2018

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How much did Sally Capp, current executive at the Property Council, spend on her campaign?

Three easy wins for the government at the 2018 budget

, May 07, 2018

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While it may take a little imagination, a good fantasy budget doesn't need to sit outside the realm of possibility.

Government action on live exports doesn’t even fill an A4 sheet of paper

, May 07, 2018

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Four weeks on from revelations of the shocking conditions of live sheep exports, the government has done nothing but licence more ships of shame to the Middle East as the weather warms up.

Kerry Stokes shows you can never be too rich to ask for government money

, May 04, 2018

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What do you give to Kerry Stokes, a man with a multi-billion dollar media empire? Why, a $6 million government handout for an energy project he can easily fund himself, of course.

Psst Scott, here’s some some budget briefing notes if you need them

, May 04, 2018

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Could this be Scott Morrison's last chance to get the budget right? Here are some pointers on how he can achieve a strong surplus and begin rebuilding the nation’s crumbling wealth.

Banking crisis exposes our tendency to disequilibrium

, May 04, 2018

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Two major industries have demonstrated how our neoliberal policymaking process ends up producing a backlash that can damage the entire economy.

Only clowns in the Mirabella circus

, May 03, 2018

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Former MP Sophie Mirabella may well be pleased that her defamation case against The Benalla Ensign has paid off, but no one has come out looking good.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: tragedy and farce at the Anzac Day dawn service

, May 03, 2018

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Witnessing the Anzac Day dawn service at Villers Bretonneux was a huge honour, as was awkwardly waiting in line at the portaloo with the next King of England.

Poll Bludger: Perth byelection lands Labor in a tight spot

, May 03, 2018

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Bill Shorten will be under real pressure to hold the seat of Perth, following Tim Hammond's resignation.

How the government helped the Commonwealth keep its breach secret

, May 03, 2018

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The Commonwealth Bank would have been forced to disclose its mammoth data breach if the government had fulfilled its promise of requiring companies to report breaches. But instead the government took three years to do it.

Cathy McGowan: a portrait of a politician under oath

, May 02, 2018

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Cathy McGowan bobbed and weaved her way through several hours of grilling in the Sophie Mirabella defamation case yesterday.

Tassie Liberals left teetering after floor-crossing Speaker’s coup

, May 02, 2018

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A stealthy move by Tasmanian Liberal MP Sue Hickey to steal the Speaker's chair has seen her colleagues in the Hodgman government left with a fragile balance. But could it just be the past catching up with them?

The Liberal Party’s deep, rich connections with the banks and financial planning

, May 02, 2018

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The links between the Liberal Party, the big banks and the financial planning sector seem to go beyond the ordinary relationships between business and politicians.

Barns: Dutton calls on News Corp to help him weaken the AAT

, May 02, 2018

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A consistent news campaign and a new parliamentary committee: Dutton has pulled out the big guns against the Administrative Appeals Tribunal once more.