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Ask for cask A very Australian invention turns 50 J.R. Hennessy
Sunday, 1st March 2015
Earlier this week, a cabal of linen-suited winemakers converged on Nielsen Park in Vaucluse, Sydney’s leafy suburban peninsula. They were there to celebrate...
 
 
Playing the blame game The government has put the destruction of the Human Rights Commission above the welfare of children Malcolm Fraser
Friday, 27th February 2015
Over the last week, two issues have dominated public debate. One concerns Gillian Triggs and the Australian Human Rights Commission, the other concerns...
 
 
Editor’s Note March 2015 Nick Feik
Friday, 27th February 2015
While the nation remains captivated by the inordinate dysfunction of the Coalition, it is perhaps unsurprising that Labor has avoided scrutiny. An attacking...
 
 
The winners and losers of the oil shock Satyajit Das
Thursday, 26th February 2015
The consensus view is that lower oil prices are good for the global economy. Quantitative greasing will augment quantitative easing, supporting economic...
 
 
Debt, deficits and averting disaster Are we really stealing from our kids to fund a debt crisis? Russell Marks
Wednesday, 25th February 2015
The new head of treasury, John Fraser, believes strongly in the virtue of austerity – the slashing of government spending during economic downturns....
 
 
The government needs to get its childcare policy right The Productivity Commission's childcare report contains some big political risks for the Coalition Deborah Brennan and Elizabeth Adamson
Tuesday, 24th February 2015
The government needs to think very carefully before responding to the Productivity Commission’s report into childcare and early childhood learning. A huge...
 
 
Berry bad labels Why does our food labelling aim to confuse instead of enlighten consumers? Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 23rd February 2015
Our prime minister’s response to Berrygate, the hepatitis contamination of some brands of imported frozen fruit, was swift and to the point. ...
 
 
Labor must go boldly Bill Shorten can't expect a small target electoral strategy to prepare him for the challenges of government Nick Dyrenfurth
Thursday, 19th February 2015
What a difference 18 months make. The Coalition party-room is riven by permanent leadership speculation, and the mere mention of Malcolm Turnbull’s name...
 
 
WA’s new-look Aboriginal heritage policy and the assessment of sacred sites When is an Aboriginal sacred site not a sacred site? Stephen Bennetts
Tuesday, 17th February 2015
In Western Australia, developers have long enjoyed the right under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 to apply for ministerial consent to “disturb” any...
 
 
Reinvention Can Better Call Saul top Breaking Bad? Harry Windsor
Monday, 16th February 2015
It took years for Breaking Bad’s critical acclaim to translate into big ratings, and it was only when the show started streaming on Netflix that it took off....
 
 

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