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Article - The political influence of Murdoch's News Carp

November 16, 2014

A few weeks out from the 2013 budget, and almost five months shy of the 2013 election, my wife and I attended a surprise 70th birthday celebration for a friend, a former staffer of Labor leader Bill Hayden. It was in an old Labor suburb, Hayden’s old stamping ground. Bill and I chatted about the political outlook. The start of the year had been very difficult, with an aborted leadership challenge. By this stage, politics was dominated by...

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Article - Beware Joe Hockey's commission of cuts

September 22, 2014

Treasurer Joe Hockey is continuing to throw rocks from the cheap seats rather than manage a huge structural transition in our $1.5tr economy.

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Article - Joe Hockey's budget is an assault on social justice

June 03, 2014

At around the 15 minute mark of Hockey’s budget night speech, I’d had enough. It wasn’t the fake economic emergency, the fiddled forecasts or the alleged debt burden, claimed in the name of fixing the budget for future generations. No, it was their undeclared class and generational war, so central to both the budget and the Commission of Audit’s report.

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Article - Our own Tea Party conservatives are a threat to Australia's economic record

January 07, 2014

Over the last 30 years, the Australian economy has become one of the most open in the developed world and is now in its 23rd year of recession-free economic growth.

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Article - The G20 needs Tony Abbott to take a strong lead

November 30, 2013

Amid a serious deterioration in relations with Indonesia, concerning decisions on Israeli settlements at the UN, and a curious performance by our new prime minister at CHOGM, Australia is about to take on the role of chair of the G20. It is not the ideal environment to do so. Regardless, we need to make the most of this significant opportunity.

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Article - The 0.01 Per Cent: The Rising Influence Of Vested Interests In Australia

January 07, 2012

A decade ago, as I waited for my order outside a Maroochydore fish and chip shop, a tall, barefoot young man strolled past wearing a T-shirt that read: ‘Greed is good. Trample the weak. Hurdle the dead.’ Those brutal lines seemed to encapsulate what was then a growing sense of unease in Australia.

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