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Twenty years on, GST’s lies hide a more banal truth — and reveal the impact of vested interests

While neoliberals are celebrating 20 years of the GST, there's no evidence it delivered the kind of benefits promised at the time. And, as always, it reflects the power of vested interests.

(Image: AAP/David Moir)

How a fearful Howard government hurt our Iraq War preparations

Australia's preparations for Iraq were hampered by the Howard government's fear of opposition to the war, a declassified study shows.

In some respect, Latham was a relic of the Howard years, holding onto a version of Australia that no longer exists.

Rundle: RIP Mark Latham, Labor’s free marketeer

In some respect, Latham was a relic of the Howard years, holding onto a version of Australia that no longer exists.

Business complaints about the lack of political will for reform disguises that the reform they now want is very different to that of the last 30 years.

Timid politicians, angry voters and the two ‘reform agendas’

Business complaints about the lack of political will for reform disguises that the reform they now want is very different to that of the last 30 years.

The government has responded to the AHRC report into children in immigration detention much as you might expect from Howard's 1997 Coalition, writes freelance journalist <b>Andrei Ghoukassian</b>.

Abbott’s reaction to Forgotten Children report straight from Howard playbook

The government has responded to the AHRC report into children in immigration detention much as you might expect from Howard's 1997 Coalition, writes freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian.

Christopher Pyne's education review was rushed, partisan and now seemingly doomed. Adjunct professor <b>Tony Taylor</b> at the University of Technology Sydney says it didn't have to be this way.

Pyne’s curriculum review should have learnt from history

Christopher Pyne's education review was rushed, partisan and now seemingly doomed. Adjunct professor Tony Taylor at the University of Technology Sydney says it didn't have to be this way.

This government blames all of its unpopular budget cuts on the spending of the previous government, and no doubt the next government will do the same. But <b>Stephen Bartos</b>, ACIL Allen Consulting public policy and governance expert, says the real problem is that time is not on our side.

It’s time to grit our teeth and face fiscal reality

This government blames all of its unpopular budget cuts on the spending of the previous government, and no doubt the next government will do the same. But Stephen Bartos, ACIL Allen Consulting public policy and governance expert, says the real problem is that time is not on our side.

Global evidence suggests that stronger futures for Aboriginal people will require more self-determination, writes professor <b>Jon Altman</b> of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research.

NT prescribed communities: not normalised, exited, eliminated

Global evidence suggests that stronger futures for Aboriginal people will require more self-determination, writes professor Jon Altman of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research.

Every now and then, the Liberal Party tries to think of itself in philosophical terms, dedicated to smaller government and the free market.

Richardson: is it back to the 1980s for the Liberal Party?

Every now and then, the Liberal Party tries to think of itself in philosophical terms, dedicated to smaller government and the free market.

Amid all the macho talk about the "sin" of having too much debt, especially federal government debt, an important doubter has emerged in the Reserve Bank, write <b>Glenn Dyer</b> and <b>Bernard Keane</b>.

On governments and debt: RBA reckons we’ve got it right

Amid all the macho talk about the "sin" of having too much debt, especially federal government debt, an important doubter has emerged in the Reserve Bank, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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