Australian politics, society & culture

Australian economy

By Rhys Muldoon
Whitlam in 1973. © George Lippmann/Fairfax Photos
By Lindsay Tanner
Shi Zhengrong and his wife, Vivienne, with Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett, atop the Sydney Theatre Company, which is 70% powered by Suntech's Pluto technology, November 2010. © Brendon Thorne/Getty Images
Shi Zhengrong
By Eric Knight
Studenst gather at the Meridian International Hotel School in Melbourne, closed without warning on 6 November 2009. © Julian Smith / AAP Image
The International Student Sector
By Margaret Simons
By Paul Barry
In the four years BBL was listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), Phil Green and his team of tyros harvested more than $2 billion in fees from the bank’s satellite funds and other operations, and paid themselves almost $1.2 billion in bonuses. Green, the chief executive, raked in $56 million for himself,
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Guy Pearse
By Paul Barry
Eighty metres below our vantage point is a flat oblong the size of 15 footy fields. Deep red in colour – because the vegetation has been stripped away – it is speckled with giant yellow earthmovers that look like beetles and a couple of hundred tiny figures dressed in bright orange vests and white hard hats. This
By Paul Barry
The fictional version would have been far more fun: a factory burnt down to claim the insurance, politicians and businessmen cashing in on the scam, a suicidal stockbroker spilling Swiss bank secrets, and a beautiful girl thrown to her death to prevent her from talking. The final act would have seen the villains
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Malcolm Knox
By Paul Barry
Coe’s best mate, Gordon Fell, is just as bright and another paragon of virtue. The former Rhodes scholar, who made his millions selling property to super-fund investors, was a director of the Smith Family, chairman of Opera Australia and a trustee of Sydney Grammar School until his empire imploded in early 2008. “
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Health Reform
By Bill Bowtell
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
New Labour & The ALP
By Tim Soutphommasane
The Melbourne Model
By Margaret Simons
Davis mentions the book when I ask him why, at a time when the higher education sector is more stressed than ever before, he is trying to introduce radical change. “There are always arguments for doing nothing,” he says. True, higher education is badly underfunded by government. True, academics are already under
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Benjamin Law
By Paul Barry
To lure the high roller away from Las Vegas, where he was already losing millions – and to lock him into Crown – James Packer’s casino offered Kakavas free luxury accommodation, free food and drink, free limo travel and a private jet to ferry him from his home on the Gold Coast. It even flew him to
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Rudd’s China Policy
By Hugh White
New South Wales
By John Birmingham
You cannot blame them, because Perry’s restaurant, located in a grand old insurance building, does soar. To stand in the entry foyer is to find yourself unable to resist craning your neck to gaze up into the vast high spaces, artfully lit by two illuminated working sculptures fashioned from thousands of hand-polished
James Murdoch speaking at Verge. © Esther Dyson/Flickr
James Murdoch
By Malcolm Knox

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