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news November 26, 2016
How fake news online skewed the US election
As calls intensify for a recount in key states, the impact on the American election of post-truth ‘news’ is becoming clearer.
news November 12, 2016
John Hewson on the negativity of opposition politics
Feeding on the power of negativity, opposition parties are able to win over the electorate. But, as former Liberal opposition leader John Hewson points out, it means no one is rising to power with a clear policy agenda.
news November 19, 2016
SA’s citizen jury defies royal commission
SA’s citizen jury, which rejected the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission's pro-storage stance, reveals the democratic tension when governments open decision-making to the people while seeking a predetermined outcome.
news November 05, 2016
The truth about claims of a faulty welfare system
Recent attacks on those who receive social security payments – and on the welfare system itself – are born of manipulated statistics and the government’s philosophy of a carrot for the rich and a stick for the poor.
news October 29, 2016
Veteran UK banker Paul Fisher on climate change and the financial sector
A veteran of Britain’s central bank, Paul Fisher says climate change will have a massive impact on the global financial sector. He talks about managing the risks.
news October 29, 2016
The Coalition attacks on statutory authorities
Senate committee attacks on statutory officers reveal a government prepared to undermine independent institutions and hound advisers out of office when their counsel is politically unwelcome.
news October 22, 2016
Bob Day’s resignation and Family First’s future
Bob Day’s resignation from the senate this week amid the collapse of his building companies raises questions about Family First’s funding arrangements and its future without him.
news October 15, 2016
Mike Baird’s conviction politics comes undone
The NSW premier's backdown over his ban on greyhound racing threatens his government and reveals the limits of his dictatorial style.
news October 08, 2016
Australia scoring low marks on education
As elite private schools continue to benefit from government funding, Australian education standards are sliding in global terms and politicians remain reluctant to take a stand.
news October 01, 2016
China’s coal price cartel
China’s plan to increase coal production and keep global prices low is bad news for Australian miners and their political allies.
news September 24, 2016
Unions poisoned by ALP affiliation
With plotters using the labour movement as a means to amass power, unions have become vulnerable to rorting and the erosion of workers’ rights.
news September 17, 2016
Battlelines drawn on same-sex marriage plebiscite
In the face of consistent public support for same-sex marriage, the right is pushing the prime minister to delay, obfuscate and ultimately scupper reform.