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News September 19, 2015
Turnbull faces a recession
The promise of Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership has lifted economic confidence, but he must now deliver genuine reforms in the face of global downturn.
News September 05, 2015
Abbott’s rules of distraction on lawfare and ChAFTA
The government’s ‘lawfare’ rhetoric is part of a deliberate effort to shift blame for slow wages growth and high unemployment onto environmental groups and others.
News September 12, 2015
Hesta’s Transfield dumping highlights ethical focus
Borrowing lessons from fossil fuel divestment, a group of activists and investment funds are using the sharemarket in an attempt to shape refugee policy.
News August 29, 2015
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Christian right
As Australia becomes less religious, churches have insinuated themselves into politics and gained particular control over Tony Abbott.
News August 22, 2015
Abbott’s smoke and mirrors before Paris climate summit
Tony Abbott’s emissions reduction pledge ahead of the UN climate summit in Paris smacks of statistical sophistry and deceptive deadlines.
News August 15, 2015
Smoking ban set to inflame larger issues in prisons
A ban on cigarettes in NSW prisons sparked fears of insurrection, but questions have arisen over the effectiveness of such policies and the greater problem of overcrowded facilities.
News August 08, 2015
Filthy secrets shroud Aust’s emissions reduction plans
Weak regulation is increasing Australia’s carbon emissions and allowing dirty power stations to survive.
News August 01, 2015
Fresh calls for inquiry into Ayers Rock Resort purchase
Calls for a thorough inquiry into the ill-fated purchase of the Ayers Rock Resort by the Indigenous Land Corporation are being blocked at every turn by the government.
News July 25, 2015
The true cost of green energy
The arguments against renewable energy are not just without scientific basis, they lack economic credibility.
News July 18, 2015
Final fight against same-sex marriage
Opponents of same-sex marriage are mounting a last-ditch campaign to prevent parliament heeding public opinion, Mike Seccombe reports
News July 11, 2015
The government’s $14.2 billion budget fantasy to sell an election
While the government is looking for any distraction it can find from the economy, it is banking on unlegislated budget cuts hidden beyond the next election.
News July 04, 2015
Barton Deakin, the Coalition’s ‘evil twin’ lobby firm
Hidden behind two of Australia’s biggest lobbying firms is one company and an endless list of political links.