Nick Feik

Nick Feik
Nick Feik is the editor of The Monthly.



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TAXING TIMES?

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The Coalition has been reviewing close to 100 tax and superannuation policies announced by the previous government but not yet introduced. Treasurer Joe Hockey announced today that the government will be ditching at least seven them, including the proposed …

PRESSING PAUSE

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As a large part of the nation pauses to watch horses racing, it's an understandably quiet day in politics. The government, as it surveys some of the curly international issues before it, might be forgiven for wishing the rest of the world …

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

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The WA Senate votes have been recounted – all but the missing 1375 ballots – and this time Greens Senator Scott Ludlam and sporting enthusiast Wayne Dropulich will be declared winners. They won't celebrate for long though, because protests …

NIGHTMARE

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In ordinary circumstances, a few missing votes would be a concern but nothing more. In the case of the 1,375 missing West Australian Senate votes, it affects nothing less than the national balance of power. The votes had been verified during the …

INTERCEPTING SIGNALS

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A week ago in Shanghai, Trade Minister Andrew Robb praised Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, and said he “strongly supports” reviewing a government ban on its equipment. This followed the Coalition's August statement that it would reconsider …

SETTLING ON A POSITION

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For much of yesterday afternoon, Fairfax papers were reporting that Labor was going to back the repeal of the carbon tax, while the Australian was reporting that the party would resist moves to axe the tax, and the Guardian was saying …

ROLL OVER

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Well, that didn't take long. According to Fairfax reports, Labor is now expected to support axing the carbon tax, with leaders up to and including Bill Shorten "now convinced that its case for action on climate change will be more easily sold …

DIRECT ACTION

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Tony Abbott's Coalition is still acting as if its primary political role is to destroy the legacy of the Rudd/Gillard government.  On Saturday the Washington Post published an interview with Abbott. The language he uses in reference …

BACK IT UP

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Acting on one of its signature election commitments, the new government has produced a draft of legislation to repeal the mining tax. It plans not only to repeal the tax but also end most of the spending measures that were introduced alongside the tax …

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