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News February 11, 2017
Gina Rinehart’s cattle stations, Adam Giles and fracking prospects
A push into cattle has made Gina Rinehart the NT’s biggest landholder, and seen her enlist the help of former chief minister and fracking proponent Adam Giles.
News January 28, 2017
Centrelink’s debt-recovery disaster
Centrelink’s flawed system of debt recovery has proved a debacle for the government and a tortuous struggle for those wrongly accused of owing money.
News February 04, 2017
Internal resistance in Trump’s America
The US administration’s gag on state agencies is the other side of the Trump team’s own skill at fostering dissent online.
News December 24, 2016
Plotting Tony Abbott’s Year of the White-ant
Despite promising there would be no sniping or wrecking, Tony Abbott’s year has been a litany of episodes that undermine his successor.
News December 17, 2016
Changing employment trends and universal basic income
With wage inequality at record highs and technology plundering jobs, a universal basic income is being championed. But how to foretell the problems, let alone possible solutions?
News December 10, 2016
The Green Army’s scant environmental credentials
As the Coalition fractures over climate policy, the follies and waste of the demobilised Green Army have become clear.
News December 03, 2016
Senior ABC staff say Michelle Guthrie ‘out of her depth’
As staff revolt against programming changes, ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie struggles to describe her vision for the broadcaster.
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 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 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 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.