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News April 14, 2018
Wage theft and migrant workers
Gross underpayment of Australia’s migrant workforce has become institutionalised in a variety of industries, and with the Fair Work Ombudsman under-resourced and unions kept at bay, the government appears unwilling to address the problem.
News March 31, 2018
Gap not closing on Indigenous disadvantage
The government’s assessment of Indigenous disadvantage ignores how far behind remote communities are compared with cities, and how top-down policy-making reinforces economic disparities.
News April 07, 2018
Turnbull and the boomer racket
Malcolm Turnbull is promising his next budget will be a pitch to the boomer generation, serving only to deepen intergenerational inequality.
News March 24, 2018
Behind Dutton’s ‘white farmers’ untruths
Aided by enthusiasm in the Murdoch press, Peter Dutton’s concern for white South African farmers shows a minister detached from facts.
News March 17, 2018
Trump’s trade war leaves Turnbull gun-shy
In declining to support international action against the new US steel and aluminium tariffs, Malcolm Turnbull damages our standing on trade.
News March 09, 2018
Turnbull’s parliamentary circus
The legislative record of the 45th parliament is hidden behind a sideshow of scandal and division – and even then it’s not very impressive.
News March 03, 2018
Nationals upset farmers over water
A focus on hugely lucrative water buybacks has left the Nationals vulnerable to accusations they have abandoned family farmers.
News February 24, 2018
Furore at the ABC
Two recent controversies at the ABC – the handling of the secret cabinet files and treatment of chief economics correspondent Emma Alberici – have left senior staff furious at what they see as incompetent managerialism.
News February 17, 2018
Morrison’s pursuit of Trump economics
All the evidence suggests Treasurer Scott Morrison’s zeal to adopt Trump-style corporate tax cuts will not deliver increased investment and wage rises, but could create huge budget deficits in the future.
News February 10, 2018
Federal war on news and truth
As the government looks for easy votes in national security, clumsy legislation finds an unexpected enemy in the News Corp tabloids.
News February 03, 2018
A playbook for the culture wars
Malcolm Turnbull is intent on launching the government into a series of Howard-era culture wars. The problem is he’s not very good at it.
News January 27, 2018
Exclusive: Minerals Council one-third foreign owned
A study of the Minerals Council’s membership reveals the extent of foreign ownership, unchecked by the government’s crackdown on political influence.