Author Archives: John Menadue

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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EVA COX. Now markets have failed, let’s talk about social wellbeing(The Guardian 15.1.2020)

We need to address the distrust epidemic among voters and return to the reformist urge to offer a better vision splendid

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MUNGO MACCALLUM. Don’t rely on evidence in climate change.

The Coalition war is over climate change and whether the city-based moderates or the reactionary rural rump will prevail.

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JACK WATERFORD. Morrison closes the books on black disadvantage gap

The annual February Closing the Gap statement by the prime minister of the day is becoming one of the major Caucasian political festivals.

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WANNING SUN. Australia’s nation-building must start re-imagining Chinese-Australians as part of the ‘national self’, not the nation’s ‘internal Other

Australia is now home to more than 1.3 million citizens of Chinese heritage. They have been profoundly alienated.

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MYRIAM ROBIN. The think tank behind Australia’s changing view of China.(AFR 15.2.20200

On Tuesday in the Australian Senate, Labor’s Kim Carr rose to his feet, thundering about “hawks intent on fighting a new cold war”.

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GREG McCARTHY. Searching for a humane response to the coronavirus. (EAF16.2.2020)

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has served to magnify political, economic and cultural tensions within and between Australia and China.

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GEOFF MILLER; United States; Portraying the policy reality.

Recently the head of the US Indo-Pacific Command spoke in Sydney. He criticised China’s behaviour in very strong terms, but in talking about the United States’ role and attitudes he described a set of policies that no longer exist.

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PETER RODGERS. Trump’s peace ‘vision’- be careful what you welcome.

Rather than just welcoming Trump’s plan and keeping quiet, now is the time for Australia to speak up about the plan’s absurdities and contradictions.

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MUNGO MACCALLUM. The Gap report.Hopes dashed within minutes.

We know Scott Morrison seldom takes much notice of those who disagree with him.

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RICHARD JAVAD HEYDARIAN.Duterte delivers deathblow to US-Philippine ties(Asia Times 12.2.2020)

Filipino leader scraps key bilateral security pact that US leverages to check China in the South China Sea

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ROSEMARY O’GRADY. It bodes well for the ALP’s future

The successful outcome of Labor Leader Albanese’s nomination for office of a disaffected Queensland National was a deft move.

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DAVID SOLOMON. Aliens in a racist Constitution.

Almost all the arguments against constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders went out the window on Tuesday, courtesy of a decision by the High Court (Love v The Commonwealth).

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JEFF KILDEA. The Irish Elections of 2020

Perhaps, after almost 100 years, the time has finally arrived when we can declare the Irish Civil War to be over.

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ALEX MITCHELL. NSW Liberals torn apart by factional Game of Thrones

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and her Coalition partners are fond of declaring that they are free of factions. But factionalism is alive and well.

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RUCHIR SHARMA. How Technology Saved China’s Economy(NYT 20.1.2020)

Landing in Shanghai recently, I found myself in the middle of a tech revolution remarkable in its sweep.

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DAPHNE WHITE.Voters don’t vote their self interest,they vote their values.(Berkeleyside 2.1.2017)

What Democrats need to do is articulate their message in terms of metaphors that voters can understand, and stick to their core values, George Lakoff said.

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MACK WILLIAMS. North Korea. Has Trump lost the plot?

The stalemate between the US and the DPRK has dragged on past the Kim Jong-un’s end of 2019 deadline.

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MINGMING CHENG. We depend so much more on Chinese travellers now. (The Conversation 12.2.2020)

 The travel bans dramatically escalate the potential economic impact of the novel coronavirus.

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ROBBIE GRAMER and COLUM LYNCH.Trump Seeks to Halve U.S. Funding for WHO as Coronavirus Rages(Brookings Report 10.2.2020)

The president’s new budget would cut more than $3 billion in global health programs.

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ELENA COLLINSON and JAMES LAURENCESON. China and the Coronavirus. (Australia-China Relations Institute 10.2.2020)

Is China telling us everything it knows about Coronavirus?

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MARIO CAVALO. Something’s not right here folks”​. The USA 2009 H1N1 Virus compared to China 2020 Coronavirus(China Daily8.2.2020)

This vicious, political, xenophobic racist attacks and smearing of all things China needs to stop

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HANNAH AULBY. Strangling Accountability.

The Centre for Public Integrity invites you to the inaugural National Integrity Forum: “Strangling Accountability”.

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MUNGO MACCALLUM. THE Nats. and Barnaby

Barnaby Joyce is focussed and determined to the point of egomania, and utterly ruthless in the process. That is what makes him dangerous.

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JACK WATERFORD. The sports rorts will taint the Canberra air for a long time.

We need an inquiry into how public service stewards provide dubious alibis for ministers

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