Nick Feik

Nick Feik is the editor of the Monthly.

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The IMF has an ominous warning for Joe Hockey about his budget
"Australia has the dubious honour of having the fastest budget deterioration of 29 advanced economies tracked by the IMF… The IMF says that the Government needs to...
 
Bob Carr's texts to Gillard reveal 'extraordinary' influence pro-Israel lobby had on former PM
"Bob Carr has published private text messages between himself and Julia Gillard to reveal the 'extraordinary' level of influence the pro-Israel lobby had on the...
 
QUOTIDIAN DETAILS
It's been a decade since Australia's political class have had a decent memoir controversy. In 2005 it was Mark Latham's Diaries. In 2014 it's Bob...
 
OLD LABOUR IN TATTERS
Change the government and you change the country, Paul Keating predicted – lamented – after his government’s 1996 election loss to John Howard’s...
 
COWS VS CARS
The Abbott government secured a much-needed win yesterday with the signing of the Japan free trade deal. After several weeks spent squandering political capital on issues such...
 
THE BODY POLITIC
The WA senate vote post-mortem has featured the usual excuses, explanations and over-interpretations, but while the final result won’t be known for days some signals are...
 
IT HINGES ON THIS MAN
Clive Palmer is pulling out all stops to win a key WA senate seat. He’s spent big, made undeliverable promises to gain the state more GST revenue, and is now making...
 
RAISING THE GST: NEVER EVER?
“Arithmetic suggests the dice are loaded against us,” said treasury secretary Martin Parkinson. Without major changes to the tax mix, he said, there was little chance...
 
A DWINDLING BASE
News Corp papers, especially the Australian, have put inordinate effort  into undermining the ABC over the past few months. Last night, ABC managing director Mark Scott...
 
FREE SPEECH, EXPENSIVE SPEECH
Lenore Taylor in the Guardian reports the alarming news that in Western Australia this month Clive Palmer has spent 11 times more on advertising than the Labor party and 14...
 
A BLACK SWAN EVENT
Parliament has entered its long winter recess, but it will be a while yet before the political temperature drops.  This is the last week before the crucial Western...
 
A FUNNY WEEK
The Coalition lost control of the agenda this week. The government may still be in its adolescence – this is one way to describe its bizarre and potentially...
 
WISE WORDS
Even John Howard thinks bringing back knights and dames is anachronistic. Even John Howard.  Phillip Coorey in the AFR reports that Howard would not accept a...
 
FREELANCING
The prime minister's surprise announcement to bring back knights and dames was met with hilarity and ridicule around the nation.  But in some parts it was met with a...
 
CRAIG THOMSON JAILED
Craig Thomson has been sentenced to 12 months' jail with nine months suspended for misusing union funds. Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg said Thomson had shown "blatant...
 
IN FURIOUS AGREEMENT
Last week the PNG government won a legal stay against the human rights investigation of Manus initiated by PNG supreme court judge David Cannings. So he set up a snap inquiry on...
 
THEY KNOW NOTHING
Who knew what and when? Political scandals, if they go anywhere, almost always arrive at this question. As the Sinodinos allegations emerge, the pressure on his colleagues will...
 
TAKING ONE FOR THE TEAM
"It was no surprise whatsoever that Arthur Sinodinos stood aside on Wednesday," said Phil Coorey. "As a former chief of staff to John Howard, (Sinodinos) helped...
 

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