Current Issue Taxes, death and superannuation
It’s only super till you die
Taxing has never been easy. It has, however, become harder in Western countries. The “victory” of neo-liberalism, as declared by Rupert Murdoch in his speech to the Institute of Public Affairs last month, has left us with the expectation, if not the reality, of smaller government. Although many of us still share the view of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jnr that taxation is the price we
Current Issue The Saboteur
Kevin Rudd’s unrelenting campaign to regain power
Kevin Rudd began his second campaign for the leadership of the Labor Party by not standing. Just after 10 pm on 23 June 2010, on the so-called night of the long knives, he emerged from crisis meetings to announce that his deputy, Julia Gillard, had challenged him to a ballot. In his last hours as prime minister, Rudd learnt her numbers would crush him. Key unions had withdrawn their support.
May 2013 Editor’s Note
On 14 January, Julia Gillard leapfrogged Kevin Rudd to become Australia’s 16th longest–serving prime minister. On 16 March, she slipped past Australia’s first prime minister, Sir Edmund Barton, into 15th place. At the start of next month, on 1 June, she’ll overtake Gough Whitlam. It’s likely that no one but an uber-competitive uber-nerd will take any notice – no one, that is, but Kevin Rudd. To catch