April, 2018

Corbyn anti-Semitism furore backfires on Tories

, Apr 05, 2018

A series of attacks on Jeremy Corbyn for being anti-Semitic has drawn out decades of genuine contempt from the right.

The deplorable media misunderstandings of the Roseanne reboot

, Apr 05, 2018

The political backlash to Roseanne, on screen and off, is playing into the hands of the network and ignoring all that we know about media.

Government strangely silent on Alinta’s Beijing connections

, Apr 05, 2018

The government is hostile to Chinese investment in Australian electricity interests -- until it is desperate for a political fix, then anything goes.

Clive Hamilton and his (mildly justified) conspiracy theory

, Apr 04, 2018

Clive Hamilton's book on Chinese influence works best when it dissects the activities of Australia's clutch of China apologists. But he struggles to show how any Beijing influence has ever been effectively used.

Will Cambridge Analytica push Facebook to its Myspace moment?

, Apr 04, 2018

As the fall of Myspace showed a decade ago, nothing is too big to fail.

Have other countries created jobs by cutting company tax?

, Apr 04, 2018

Turnbull claims handing billions of dollars back to shareholders of the largest foreign corporations will encourage them to invest and generate more jobs. Is there any evidence this works?

Is PNG trying to pervert justice for Manus Island asylum seekers?

, Apr 03, 2018

While injustices on Nauru receive a good airing, not many people are talking about what's happening in Papua New Guinea right now.

Australia’s silence on Gaza killings part of our knee-jerk support for Netanyahu

, Apr 03, 2018

While condemning every killing of an Israeli by terrorists, Australia can't bring itself to say a word when Israeli soldiers deliberately kill unarmed protesters.

Trump Slump sets in as White House chaos unnerves investors

and , Mar 29, 2018

Rather than a Trump Bump, sharemarkets are undergoing an extended slump in response to the chaos of the Trump administration as he pours deficit stimulus into an already strong economy.

Just how far did the US economy deteriorate in Trump’s first year?

, Mar 28, 2018

Despite all the trumpeting to the contrary, the US economy slid last year into rockier territory than anyone expected, and it's not clear when — or if — it will reverse.

Xi moves a pebble in China’s economy and Australia suffers an earthquake

, Mar 27, 2018

No matter the result of the economic standoff between China and the US, Xi Jinping's moves to shed China's extraordinary debt and avoid a stagnant economy are already making a mark on Australia's economy.

Trump’s greatest setback to date (no, really, this one’s important)

, Mar 26, 2018

The Republicans have lost a special election in Pennsylvania on the vote of the white working class. If the Democrats seize this moment, they could take back the House.

Our ‘draconian’ company tax rate produces yet more record jobs growth

and , Mar 23, 2018

Either Australia's jobs market is booming, or we desperately need a company tax cut. Both those things can't be true at the same time, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

Trump tax cut propels share buybacks to new all-time record

, Mar 23, 2018

Even critics of Trump's company tax cuts didn't predict just how much of them would flow into boosting share prices and looking after shareholders.

Politicians show their true colours over South African farmer fiasco

, Mar 22, 2018

The real ugliness of the South African farmer question, built on spurious figures and indifference to non-white suffering, is that its cynical explanation is better than its ideological explanation.

How dictatorships still thrive around the world in 2018

, Mar 21, 2018

From Equatorial Guinea to Uzbekistan, dictatorships are still alive and kicking. And with China leaning full tilt in that direction, don't expect them to go anywhere soon.

As a farcical election approaches, Egypt reckons with a second term of the Sisi regime

, Mar 20, 2018

With all legitimate candidates arrested or suppressed, and his one challenger vocally supporting him, it's a forgone conclusion that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will be returned to office in next week's election.

Are declining Chinese student numbers a casualty of diplomacy or just poor branding?

, Mar 19, 2018

Data released by Austrade have shown that the number of visas issued to Chinese tertiary students has dropped for the first time in years, amid ongoing claims of interference by the Chinese government.

Dutton fundamentally misunderstands the ‘plight’ of white farmers in South Africa

, Mar 15, 2018

White farmers in South Africa have been pretty bemused by Peter Dutton's recent comments. Here's why.

Tillerson is gone, and torture is in? A cheat sheet to Trump’s new appointments

, Mar 14, 2018

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is gone. His replacement — and in turn, their replacement — should worry you.