Margaret Simons

is a Walkley Award-winning journalist and author.

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Life December 19, 2020

Summer in the garden

As the heat of summer starts to bite, the focus of every keen gardener turns to irrigation.

News October 31, 2020

ASIC under pressure

The expenses scandal at ASIC masks a more serious concern: that the government will now overhaul the agency and wind back regulation of the banking and finance sector.

Life October 17, 2020

Spring hopes eternal

While the coronavirus pandemic has altered the world as we know it, nature carries on regardless, and with spring comes fresh hope.

News October 10, 2020

Why Australia runs out of vital medicines

More than 90 per cent of Australia’s medicines are imported, putting the country at risk of dangerous shortages. But while the government has announced plans to boost the sector’s manufacturing capabilities, industry experts warn that the problem runs far deeper.

News September 19, 2020

Moves to build economic security

With imports restricted as international borders closed, the coronavirus pandemic exposed Australia’s inability to manufacture what it needs, prompting an urgent debate about how the country can improve its economic security.

News August 08, 2020

Murray–Darling could need Reserve Bank-style regulator

As the ACCC hands down its interim report on the Murray–Darling water markets, one architect of the current system says a Reserve Bank-like body is needed to manage the rights.

News August 01, 2020

‘New mode’ for Covid-19 board

Despite the National Covid-19 Coordination Commission having produced few tangible results thus far, Scott Morrison has appointed six new directors with a view to jobs creation.

News July 25, 2020

Mysterious Mr Power, architect of our recovery

Neville Power is the former mining executive leading the government’s Covid-19 co-ordination commission. Questions have been raised about conflicts of interest, but very little is known about the boy from Bushy Park.

News July 04, 2020

Govt tight-lipped on ACCC Murray–Darling Basin water report

Submissions to the ACCC’s inquiry into water trading in the Murray–Darling Basin reveal significant concerns about the possibility of market manipulation.

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