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news May 28, 2016
Political dirt units defining elections
As the long election campaign grinds on, political dirt units remain the most reliable source of interest, leaking within parties and between them.
news May 14, 2016
Teething on the 2016 election campaign trail
In any ordinary circumstances, Malcolm Turnbull would be out selling last week’s budget. Instead, he’s on the hustings, largely ignoring it.
news May 21, 2016
Economic think tanks setting the election agenda
A new political nous in economic research groups has seen them capture debate and set the policy course for the election.
news May 07, 2016
Reagan ‘voodoo economics’ at the heart of Scott Morrison’s budget
Following a sponsored visit by Reagan adviser Arthur Laffer, Malcolm Turnbull’s budget is based on the fallacy of his trickle-down economics.
news April 30, 2016
The failed state of PNG
In exchange for its part in Australia’s offshore detention regime, Papua New Guinea’s corrupt governance has been ignored, leaving the country on the brink of collapse.
news April 23, 2016
Inside the $100b charities bubble
The first reports on the charity sector reveal staggering duplication and a nation less willing to give than it likes to imagine.
news April 16, 2016
No royal commission as Turnbull’s Liberals in deep with the banks
Conservatives against a banks royal commission argue it would damage the economy – because of the criminality it would reveal.
news April 09, 2016
Sports gambling, advertising and the Barry O’Farrell review
As sports gambling becomes more ubiquitous – stimulated by TV advertising targeting young men – an inquiry focused on the illegality of offshore wagering rather than the dire social consequences is being sat on by government.
news April 02, 2016
The taxpayer’s billions spent on government advertising
The government’s $70m budget for border protection propaganda is the latest in a long line of taxpayer-funded “messaging” exercises.
news March 26, 2016
Malcolm Turnbull’s climate change thimble trick
Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to grant a stay of execution to two government green energy agencies hinges more on cooling the heat on him than the environment.
news March 19, 2016
The tax shirkers running the PM’s ‘agility’ agenda
They are some of the country’s biggest corporate tax avoiders. Now their directors make up the board advising the government on innovation incentives.
news March 12, 2016
The rich people who pay no tax
Lost in the tax debate are the billions hidden in the cash economy, and the complex systems concealing the incomes of the very rich.