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News November 14, 2015
The many trials of Cardinal George Pell
As Cardinal Pell prepares for another child sex abuse hearing, his ‘company man’ style has made him enemies within the Vatican.
News October 31, 2015
Chinese investment and extradition
Australian governments must engage in a negotiation of the nation’s need for good economic relations amid unease about Chinese investment.
News November 07, 2015
Big Australia’s date with density
The PM’s Big Australia vision, with high levels of immigration, requires a greater urban density than Australians are accustomed to. It also means serious infrastructure shortfalls in our cities cannot be ignored.
News October 24, 2015
How the Minerals Council of Australia has govt’s ear on coal
Heavily represented and funded by the biggest polluters on the planet, the all-powerful Minerals Council of Australia continues to spruik the benefits of coal to a largely compliant government.
News October 17, 2015
Immigration essential to replace populations in critical decline
Precipitously declining Western populations will not support growth without greatly increasing immigration, bringing with it huge social change. Ultimately, the growth model itself will have to be reconsidered.
News October 10, 2015
Farhad Jabar shooting sees a change in the failed language of terror
The response to radicalised Parramatta shooter Farhad Jabar shows what is needed to combat terrorism in Australia.
News October 03, 2015
The IPA and other losers of the Tony Abbott guard
The change of prime minister has fundamentally altered the influence of the IPA and other far-right groups and individuals in Canberra.
News September 26, 2015
Leadership change sparks civil war at News Corp
The commentators who thought Tony Abbott was their champion are desperately looking for relevance after the coup.
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 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 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 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.