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How a fearful Howard government hurt our Iraq War preparations

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.

Rundle: RIP Mark Latham, Labor’s free marketeer

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.

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

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.

Abbott’s reaction to <em>Forgotten Children</em> report straight from Howard playbook

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.

Pyne’s curriculum review should have learnt from history

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.

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

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.

NT prescribed communities: not normalised, exited, eliminated

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Better Access program: success in whose interests?

Better Access program: success in whose interests?

The Better Access program, introduced by the Howard government in 2006 to improve access to treatments for common mental disorders, was controversial before it even began.