Nick Feik is the editor of The Monthly.
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Joe Bullock proves Labor Party’s need for reform: Lousie Pratt
WINEGATE EXPOSES LOBBYING
The fallout from yesterday’s resignation of New South Wales premier Barry O’Farrell must settle on the issue of lobbying in Australian politics.
Tony Abbott’s extraordinary defence yesterday of O’Farrell’s character – …
Mike Baird set to be next NSW Premier
The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in New South Wales has claimed its biggest scalp yet. NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell this morning announced his resignation, effective next week, after he was caught out having apparently lied about …
RUBBING OUT THE FACELESS MEN
Bill Shorten appears set to join the long list of ALP leaders who have embarked on party reform programs. His set-piece speech was due to be delivered just before his mother unexpectedly passed away last week. What we already know is that he had planned …
IN FOR THE LONG HAUL
The belt tightening is underway. It will be made official next month, if the annual pre-budget speculation is anything to go by. Of all the signalled cuts, those to the ABC and to the aged pension have attracted the most attention to date.
Joe Hockey …
Just before lunchtime yesterday, Australians were confronted with news nobody predicted. Seemingly in complete disregard of the developing narrative of major recent job losses in manufacturing and to some extent mining, the Australian Bureau of Statistics …
Nothing to ’like’ about social media gag
"Social media use by public servants has always been a tricky endeavour, but on the weekend it was revealed that things have become rather more precarious – especially for those working in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet."
Also: Liberals …
Nauru blocks UN human rights delegation from visiting island
"The government of Nauru has blocked a UN human rights delegation from visiting the country, making it the second time in a month that UN officials have been prevented from visiting Australia’s controversial offshore processing centres for …
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 find at least $50 billion in cuts to the net deficit…by 2020 if it is …
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 former prime minister’s office. In a remarkable disclosure of private …
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 Carr's Diary of a Foreign Minister. It's …
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 Coalition. The political priorities of Labor’s thirteen year reign …
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