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Why rev-head Ricky Muir is really a Labor man Nick Dyrenfurth
Friday, 6th March 2015
Would former Labor Prime Minister Ben Chifley successfully contest preselection today? ...
 
 
Four wheels good, two wheels good Modest suggestions to end the “war” between motorists and cyclists in Australia Pete Chambers
Friday, 6th March 2015
At 4.10 pm on Friday, 27 February 2015, Alberto Paulon was “car doored” while cycling down Sydney Road, in Melbourne’s inner-northern suburb of Brunswick....
 
 
Damn the torpedoes … full speed ahead! The government’s approach to the Future Submarine project is all at sea Claire Corbett
Wednesday, 4th March 2015
There are two ways of dealing with a decision that seems too difficult, such as the one we face with Australia’s Future Submarine project. The previous...
 
 
A complex situation awaits Australian troops in Iraq What can be achieved by deploying more soldiers? Rodger Shanahan
Wednesday, 4th March 2015
The prime minister’s announcement that the government would replace the 200 special forces soldiers currently in Iraq with approximately 300 regular army...
 
 
Friends forever The series finale of Parks and Recreation Estelle Tang
Monday, 2nd March 2015
When was the last time I watched a TV series finale I cared about and felt satisfied by? Oh, that’s right – never. Given that we’re in a so-called Golden Age...
 
 
Ask for cask A very Australian invention turns 50 J.R. Hennessy
Sunday, 1st March 2015
Earlier this week, a cabal of linen-suited winemakers converged on Nielsen Park in Vaucluse, Sydney’s leafy suburban peninsula. They were there to celebrate...
 
 
Playing the blame game The government has demonstrated that its primary concern has not been the welfare of children, but the destruction of the Human Rights Commission Malcolm Fraser
Friday, 27th February 2015
Over the last week, two issues have dominated public debate. One concerns Gillian Triggs and the Australian Human Rights Commission, the other concerns...
 
 
Editor’s Note March 2015 Nick Feik
Friday, 27th February 2015
While the nation remains captivated by the inordinate dysfunction of the Coalition, it is perhaps unsurprising that Labor has avoided scrutiny. An attacking...
 
 
The winners and losers of the oil shock Satyajit Das
Thursday, 26th February 2015
The consensus view is that lower oil prices are good for the global economy. Quantitative greasing will augment quantitative easing, supporting economic...
 
 
Debt, deficits and averting disaster Are we really stealing from our kids to fund a debt crisis? Russell Marks
Wednesday, 25th February 2015
The new head of treasury, John Fraser, believes strongly in the virtue of austerity – the slashing of government spending during economic downturns....
 
 

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