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News August 31, 2019
Stalemate on stagnant wage growth
As the country faces stagnant wage growth, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has asked Australian companies to stop returning profits to wealthy shareholders. But the federal government is doing little else, reluctant to put its long-promised surplus at risk.
News August 10, 2019
Political parties cash in on gambling largesse
The crushing rejection of a parliamentary push for an investigation into Crown Casino highlights how much the major parties are in the thrall of the gambling lobby.
News August 17, 2019
How the China question split Australian politics
With his controversial op-ed, Liberal backbencher Andrew Hastie set off a debate that has riven Canberra along unexpected lines.
News August 03, 2019
Coalition bets anti-union bill on Setka rebuke
While the government argues it needs tough new powers to break up thuggish, militant unions, experts say the average union member is a 50-something woman working in aged care.
News July 27, 2019
Newstart: Thaw in senate may end 25-year freeze
As the upper house this week backs an inquiry into raising Newstart, analysis shows it is Australian seniors who are most likely to be living on just $38 a day.
News July 20, 2019
How seniors became our most fierce lobby
Organised, connected and efficient, older voters have campaigned hard for concessions from the government and won time and again.
News July 13, 2019
The reality behind Morrison’s tax cuts
Scott Morrison says there will be no cuts to health, education or services to pay for his tax package. The numbers tell a different story.
News July 06, 2019
Pyne, Bishop and the Big Four
The major consultancies are not just a preferred employer for former ministers – they have helped privatise the bureaucracy by stealth.
News June 29, 2019
Tax cuts and economic stimulus
The government is adamant its proposed three-stage tax package be passed in its entirety or not at all – thus potentially denying a slowing economy some much-needed stimulus.
News June 22, 2019
The lobbying power of super funds
With the growing popularity of ethical investments, superannuation funds are lobbying companies to clean up their act. But some say the funds should focus squarely on maximising profits for their members.
News June 15, 2019
Cannon-Brookes and the new climate guard
As the Coalition stalls on emissions reduction, moneyed climate activists are turning to direct investment, led by tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes.
News June 08, 2019
Australia’s China dilemma
As Sino–American relations further fracture, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s visit to the Solomon Islands exemplifies Australia’s commitment to strengthening Pacific bonds and pushing back against Chinese influence in the region.