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News August 09, 2014
Ebola panic real, but worse contagions are rife
The latest outbreak of the Ebola virus is of global concern. But it highlights our blindspots and hysteria when it comes to contagion.
News July 26, 2014
Brandis ties NGO funding to non-advocacy
The Abbott government is using money and law to close down criticism and gag the community’s most trusted voices.
News August 02, 2014
Aiding and Abetzing
All evidence shows Eric Abetz’s hardline welfare reforms will not get people into work. His motives lie elsewhere.
News July 18, 2014
Abbott appointments are trusted class warriors
With an unprecedented fervour, the government is filling boards and commissions with old cronies.
News July 12, 2014
Estranged bedfellows: Bob Day and David Leyonhjelm
The two new ex-Liberal crossbench senators were meant to make the government’s life easier. But Bob Day and David Leyonhjelm have their own radically right-wing agendas.
News July 05, 2014
The political power of food lobbyists
Alastair Furnival’s downfall shone light on the heavy political links of Big Food lobbyists.
News June 28, 2014
Murdoch and the IPA work together for Big Tobacco
A campaign of false data, planted in the Australian press, is being used to weaken tobacco laws abroad.
News June 21, 2014
The Henderson gigs
In an unreleased review he chaired into the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, Gerard Henderson recommended he be put in charge of judges. Now he’s got his wish, for a much richer prize.
Business June 14, 2014
Super funds benefit from corporate tax avoidance
While most are appalled by stories of corporate tax avoidance, we are also enjoying the benefits through investment in these companies by our super funds.
Business June 07, 2014
The buried treasures of corporate tax avoidance
Tony Abbott has paid lip service to tax reform, but his government’s latest measures only serve to make corporate avoidance easier.
News May 31, 2014
Abbott’s faceless men of the IPA
There is one group to which Tony Abbott has kept his promises since becoming prime minister: the Institute of Public Affairs.
News May 24, 2014
Mining’s multi-billion-dollar black hole
As the boom ends, poor oversight and lax bonds leave governments stuck with an enormous bill for mining’s clean-up.