Tag Archives: The Age

PETER MARTIN. Game of Mates: How billionaires get uber-rich at our expense

“The rich are different from you and me” the saying goes. “They have more money“. But that’s not the only way they are different. In the updated Financial Review Rich List released on Friday, 45 of the richest 50 Australians are men. And they are … Continue reading

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ROBERT MANNE, FRANK BRENNAN, TIM COSTELLO & JOHN MENADUE. A solution to our refugee crisis

  This article was posted in today’s The Age. There are two powerful arguments about the plight of the refugees dying a slow death in the offshore processing centres Australia has established and which it maintains on Nauru and Manus … Continue reading

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If we strike a deal with Japan, we’re buying more than submarines.

In this article in the Melbourne Age, Hugh White comments ‘So before we decide whether to select the Japanese (submarine) bid, we have to ask if an alliance with Japan is good for Australia.’ See link to full article below: … Continue reading

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Jack Waterford. It’s time: The Dismissal gave us knockout punch politics, now we should get rid of it.

One has to be of a certain (old) age to remember intimately, as I do, the tumultuous events of November 11, 1975. I knew then that I was being a witness to history and, sometimes, metaphorically pinched myself to be … Continue reading

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Race Mathews. A cancerous corruption is eating the ALP

Bill Shorten is to be congratulated on telling the Victorian ALP to investigate and eliminate its membership rorts, as exemplified by the latest branch-stacking scandal that has again humiliated the party and exposed it to public ignominy and disrepute. There … Continue reading

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John Menadue. The infrastructure mess and wasteful road spending.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott said that he planned to be the infrastructure prime minister. There was little to show for it apart from wasteful spending on roads. He said that the Commonwealth should ‘stick to its knitting’ and not … Continue reading

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Nicholas Reece. How Australia’s cartel-like political parties drag own democracy.

In a modern democracy like Australia, political parties are the main delivery mechanism of change. But recent events suggest these vehicles for change have become incapable of changing themselves. For the ALP it is the rejection of internal democratic reform … Continue reading

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Naval shipbuilding in South Australia is a waste of money.

In this blog on 19 August, I reposted an earlier blog from Jon Stanford on ‘The government’s new naval shipbuilding policy’. Hugh White,  a columnist at The Age and Professor of Strategic Studies at the Strategic and Defence Study Centre, … Continue reading

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Ian Dunlop and Rob Sturrock. As the tide comes in, Australia chooses to remain the climate laggard

Amidst growing pressure and heightening expectations, on Tuesday Australia announced its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) target to take to the Conference of Parties in Paris in December. It reinforces the notion of Australia as climate laggard going against the … Continue reading

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Mark Triffitt and Travers McLeod. Entitlements scandal is a sign of political rot.

When does a political system become corrupt? When is the line crossed from garden variety rorting by a few members of parliament to institutionalised abuse of taxpayers’ money by the system? The latest scandal over politicians’ entitlements has been like … Continue reading

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