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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 June 27, 2015
Tobacco industry playbook used to kill renewables
Anti-renewable lobbyists have infiltrated politics, and are exploiting the tricks learned from Big Tobacco.
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.
News June 20, 2015
Stalling the lawyers who aid asylum seekers
The only success in curbing mistreatment of refugees has been in the High Court. Now the government is targeting the lawyers who bring the cases.
News June 13, 2015
Brandis cripples legal aid funding
Brandis's funding cuts and uncertainty in the legal aid sector are leaving the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in the community with nowhere to turn for protection.
News June 06, 2015
Wayne Swan’s focus on wages
As the US applauds the success of Australian economic policy, former treasurer Wayne Swan is sitting on a commission that may yet become a ginger group for Labor.
News May 30, 2015
Alcoa closes Anglesea mine as Hazelwood inquiry reopens
The closure of Anglesea’s small coalmine is a test run for an industry facing tightening emission and rehabilitation standards, and the reopening of the inquiry into the Morwell fire.
News May 23, 2015
BHP and Rio Tinto dictate terms to the Abbott governent
Twiggy Forrest’s failed bid to reset the iron ore price inadvertently shows who really tells the Abbott government what to do.
News May 16, 2015
Why the Abbott government wants Bjørn Lomborg’s Consenus Centre
Covert negotiations, whispered announcements and an awkward about-face reveal a political agenda behind reaching consensus.
News May 09, 2015
The hashtag crusaders
How does 'clicktivism’ stand up against the old-fashioned footslog of offline campaigning?
News May 02, 2015
Negative gearing’s social carnage on low-income earners
How tax breaks for investment properties have created a housing affordability crisis while lining the pockets of those least in need.
News April 25, 2015
Western Australia’s brazen call for more GST money
WA's treasurer, a former IPA economist, epitomises the hypocrisy of the state’s special pleading for a bigger share of GST revenue.