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The road not taken: reflections on the global financial crisis

The road not taken: reflections on the global financial crisis

History will conclude that the critics of Labor’s GFC response 10 years ago were hopelessly wrong. By avoiding a sudden, deep recession, Australia also avoided testing out what its effect may have been on our democratic system.

Compared to the rest of the world, Australian democracy is doing pretty bloody well

Compared to the rest of the world, Australian democracy is doing pretty bloody well

Just 4.5% of the world population lives in a free and fair democracy, and Australia is part of that lucky elite.

The undying liberal myth about Trump's presidency

The undying liberal myth about Trump's presidency

You don't have to be crazy to have voted for Trump, no matter how much the left-leaning knowledge class wants us to believe.

New report signals bright outlook for Bougainville, despite dark past

New report signals bright outlook for Bougainville, despite dark past

Recently released economic analysis could signal great things for the PNG island, but only if lessons are learned from its catastrophic history.

The spectacular, complicated fall of Aung San Suu Kyi

The spectacular, complicated fall of Aung San Suu Kyi

Between the Rohingya crisis and the jailing of Reuters journalists, Myanmar's State Counselor is in an extraordinary bind. However, she's certainly not helping matters.

Where is homosexuality still illegal?

Where is homosexuality still illegal?

After India's landmark legal decision, there are now 71 countries where LGBTIQ relationships are criminalised.

Rough seas ahead for the Pacific Islands Forum

Rough seas ahead for the Pacific Islands Forum

Tension around China's spread in the Pacific was clear at this year's forum, but not even that could distract from Australia's climate change and refugee controversies.

Election advertising to hit record levels in lead-up to US midterms

Election advertising to hit record levels in lead-up to US midterms

A new report estimates that the upcoming US midterm elections will see close to $10 billion spent on advertising.

Four Corners' Bannon interview wasn't 'masterful' — it was weak and negligent

Four Corners' Bannon interview wasn't 'masterful' — it was weak and negligent

Sarah Ferguson's widely celebrated Four Corners interview with former Trump adviser and noted nationalist Steve Bannon was a masterclass in journalistic weakness.

Can Scott Morrison make a friend in Indonesia?

Can Scott Morrison make a friend in Indonesia?

Scott Morrison's visit to Jakarta was hailed as a success, but time will tell if Indonesia will entertain a full alliance with Australia.