Nick Feik

Nick Feik
Nick Feik is the editor of The Monthly.



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THE MILITARY SOLUTION

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Not to be outdone, Tony Abbott launched another Coalition policy on asylum seekers this morning. Under the title Operation Sovereign Borders, Abbott said that a military commander, appointed by the Chief of the Defence Force, reporting to the Immigration …

LOST AT SEA

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Two stories in the media today should give pause to anyone believing the asylum seeker issue has any obvious or easy – and politically viable – solutions. First: A boat carrying around 150 people capsized in heavy seas off the coast of Java …

A PICTURE SENDS A THOUSAND MESSAGES

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Today's Newspoll indicates that Rudd's new 'PNG solution' has had the desired polling effect: on the question of which party would best handle the asylum seeker issue, Labor jumped 6 points, while the Coalition fell 14. Newspoll has Labor's …

THAT FLOATING FEELING

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The government has announced that it aims to move from a fixed to a floating price on carbon – from a carbon tax to an emissions trading scheme – in 2014, a year earlier than planned. It's not a major policy shift, but like so many recent …

PRISM: A Humble Request Before Privacy is Abolished Permanently

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Half a million Americans can read your every email, every Facebook post, every Google search. Should you be worried? “I wouldn’t think so,” said Foreign Minister Bob Carr, a point of view clearly shared by almost every single one of …

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Baz Luhrmann is the Great Gatsby

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“What’s it all for?” asks narrator Nick Carraway mid-way through the new film version of The Great Gatsby. The question crossed my mind as well. Baz Luhrmann has been putting on a show since he was a country boy named …

BELLING THE CAT

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At the Institute of Public Affairs yesterday, Joe Hockey gave a speech about ending the era of entitlement and followed it with a passionate defence of the Coalition's generous paid parental leave scheme. "Addressing the ongoing fiscal crises …

MAKING DO

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The 2013 Defence white paper is out today. It announces that despite a small increase in funding, overall levels will remain at historically low levels until national fiscal conditions improve, following large cuts in recent years.  The government …

HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT

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Tony Abbott announced this morning that the Coalition would be prepared to back a modest increase in the Medicare levy to fund the NDIS. It was only yesterday morning that the Coalition was publicly opposing it, but a series of dramatic political manoeuvres …

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