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A (possibly bananas) idea for how to stop governments from robbing the future

A (possibly bananas) idea for how to stop governments from robbing the future

Let’s indulge in a flight of imagination for a moment. Could we change the fundamental shape of government so climate change et al are not ignored?

Disability support plummets as government turns up heat on the vulnerable

Disability support plummets as government turns up heat on the vulnerable

Disabled Australians are being turned away from the Disability Support Pension and forced onto punitive and untenable unemployment schemes.

Quality time in Parliament, not quantity

Quality time in Parliament, not quantity

The buzzer won't beat this Parliament, only a lack of compromise will.

Three other areas for the states to manage (and two to give to the feds)

Three other areas for the states to manage (and two to give to the feds)

If the federal government wants to empower the states to collect income tax, perhaps it should also give them responsibility for other areas.

Every step you take: govt to pool CCTV images and facial recognition to track citizens

Every step you take: govt to pool CCTV images and facial recognition to track citizens

Soon government agencies will be able to access stills from CCTV cameras all over Australia.

So you wanna be a lobbyist …

So you wanna be a lobbyist …

Reading headlines about ICAC and Eddie Obeid might have you thinking successful lobbying is mostly graft with some slippery footwork thrown in. But Alistair Nicholas, senior adviser in the government relations and public affairs practice of Weber Shandwick Australia, says there's quite a bit more to it.

Labor could have headed chaplains off at the pass

Labor could have headed chaplains off at the pass

The High Court's declared the federal government's funding of chaplaincy programs in state schools unconstitutional. It's another sign the constitution needs serious reform.

<em>Crikey</em> readers slash the government

Crikey readers slash the government

Crikey readers add their own suggestions of what the federal government's Commission of Audit should cut.

Hockey’s Pendulum: Coalition tea party comes back to bite

Hockey’s Pendulum: Coalition tea party comes back to bite

Joe Hockey is struggling to swing from the opposition to government, write Crikey's Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer. The rhetoric from the Treasurer isn't consistent.

Off with their heads! Which civil servants will lose their posts?

Off with their heads! Which civil servants will lose their posts?

Tony Abbott is unlikely to take an axe to the public service, as John Howard did when he became PM. There are just two senior civil servants who should be nervous, writes governance expert Stephen Bartos.