MUNGO MACCALLUM. The balancing act is becoming more precarious.

We can no longer pretend that Australia is not largely dependent on our great northern neighbour,its physical and economic health and crucially, its goodwill. Continue reading

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CAMERON DOUGLAS. Thailand’s future party now past tense

Thailand’s constitutional court has what must be unique powers to decide the fate of political parties – and the shape of national politics. It exercised its powers again last week. The latest party to threaten military-backed authoritarian rule there no longer exists

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MAX COSTELLO. The travesty of Detention Centre health care

Comcare has still not laid charges against Australian Border Force. Continue reading

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ANDREW JAKUBOWICZ. Sinophobia goes viral in Australia.(ABC Religion and Ethics 20.2.2020)

Hundreds of years of racism have merged in the Australian governments response to the Corona virus. Continue reading

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TONY SMITH. Time for real leadership on domestic violence.

The latest horrific episode of domestic violence involving multiple murders and suicide in Brisbane has elicited expressions of disgust and dismay across the country. Given that such atrocities occur frequently, it is obvious that something is lacking in society’s attempts to address this appalling problem.

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JOHN TAN. Jokowi, identity politics … and neoliberalism.

President Joko Widodo is concerned by identity politics, which has been standard fare for neoliberal US and Australian election strategists for many years. Continue reading

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KOBI MAGLEN. SVA’s approach to improving outcomes for older women at risk of becoming homeless

Estimates suggest 300,000 Australian women aged between 45 and 65 are at risk of homelessness when they retire. Continue reading

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JONATHAN PAUL MARSHALL: Confusions of Australian Energy Policy

Current Australian Energy Policy is confused in both parties, but seems aimed at supporting coal, while not helping investment in Renewables Continue reading

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PETER SAINSBURY. Sunday environmental round up, 23 February 2020

A disturbing report about how climate change exposes women and girls to violence, abuse and exploitation. Calls for a treaty to protect the Arctic from militarisation and commercialisation. Concerns that some people are more concerned about preserving pictures of animals than animals themselves, and increasing covering of climate change in the media.

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CHRIS BONNOR. SMH Schools Summit flies many kites

If you want a headline or two, put on a big event. That has just worked for the SMH with its current Schools Summit. Continue reading

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IAN DUNLOP. Emergency action on climate change is imperative

The first Australian National Climate Emergency Summit was in Melbourne Town Hall, 14-15 February 2020 – there will be many more. Continue reading

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PAUL MALONE. Is the United States a democracy?

The disenfranchisement of much of the population, the unequal distribution of wealth and power and the muddled voting systems calls into question the US claim to be a democratic state. Continue reading

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ALISON BROINOWSKI. Organised violence: the US and China compared

The world has seen the rise and fall of some 150 empires. That number doesn’t even include the United States, whose unacknowledged empire includes more than 800 military bases in some 70 countries.

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OLIVER FRANKEL AND SUSAN RYAN. Monthly digest on housing affordability and homelessness – Jan/Feb 2020

The following is the latest instalment of a monthly digest of interesting articles, research reports, policy announcements and other material relevant to housing stress/affordability and homelessness – with hypertext links to the relevant source.

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ALEX MITCHELL: How NSW is becoming a corporate autocracy

Since winning the State Election almost one year ago, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has remodelled herself as the “listening” premier who wants to “reconnect” her Coalition Government with voters. Is it working? Continue reading

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HENRY BATEMAN. What Malnutrition Looks Like.

As the ABC incorporates round the clock disaster warnings into its scheduling, other programming is showing the consequence of resource deprivation. Continue reading

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KERRY BROWN and EMMA LUO. Degrees of espionage(Chatham House/The World today 13.2.2020)

Fears are rising in countries…that China is wielding undue influence through its supposed infiltration of universities and institutions and by its spying on companies and government. Continue reading

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KEN HENRY. Tax reform in 2020.

Largely because of the budgetary impact of the global financial crisis, we missed the opportunity a decade ago to fix the Australian tax and transfer systems. Continue reading

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CLIVE KESSLER. Indefinite Incarceration of Unrepentant Jihadis in Australia?

The sentences, some of them already further extended, of a number of militant Islamists convicted of terrorist conspiracy are about to expire. Continue reading

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NOEL TURNBULL. The real ScoMo: A cross between Rasputin and Crocodile Dundee

Up until recently Morrison has managed one bit of very successful marketing – himself. But now the real ScoMo – the one seen in his career before politics – is becoming more apparent. Continue reading

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LAURIE PATTON. Sports rorts shows need for public sector re-think

The buck has to stop somewhere. Despite the prime minister’s best efforts when it comes to the so-called ‘sport rorts’ affair it’s unlikely to stop with a temporarily sacked minister. Continue reading

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MAX HAYTON. New Zealand’s Government faces an uphill election battle.

A recent poll suggests that New Zealand’s Labour Party had insufficient support to form a government if an election had been held when the poll was taken. Continue reading

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JOHN R. SABINE. A Separate Voice to Government: not the brightest of ideas

How many sound reasons does one need before concluding that something in indeed a bad idea? Perhaps even just nonsense. Continue reading

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ROSS GITTINS. An economy for the common good.(SMH19.2.2020)

We have to make democracy work for the masses, not just the rich and powerful.

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DAMIEN CAVE. Fearing summer in Australia (NYT17.2.2020)

Climate change and fires force a nation to rethink the way it looks at life Continue reading

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John Carlin. A Cold Civil War

There is a cold war going on in the world between those who believe that truth is important and those who don’t care if their leaders lie. Continue reading

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ANDREW FARRAN. Further unintended consequences for Boris’s Brexit.

Coming to terms with the repercussions of Brexit has not been made easier for the UK by Boris Johnson’s self-imposed constraint that the business must be settled by 31st December with no extensions. Continue reading

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STUART REES Copyright Laws: Corporate Greed, Legal Farce

The operation of Copyright Laws amounts to a giant con, a legal farce and an opportunity for corporate greed.
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PAUL LARIS. SA’s Planning Code – Consistency, democracy, or centralised chaos?

 The SA government’s attempts to streamline and centralise urban planning are shaping up as an electoral liability and may also fail to address the problems of urban infill development. Continue reading

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