“Before Hockey, treasurers had economic advisers more sceptical of pleading from business. Costello and Keating armed themselves with experienced political operatives.”
Ahead of tax reform, it is worth considering how much of Joe Hockey's advice comes from the finance sector.
“In the NSW election campaign, it was much clearer what Labor was against than what it was for.”
With the ALP gradually losing the hearts and minds of many of its rusted-on faithful, the party must prove that it actually believes in something in order to survive.
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Wrong place for mothers and babies
Martin McKenzie-Murray’s horrific descriptions of living conditions for asylum seekers on Nauru (“Decoy and secrecy on Nauru abuse”, March 28-April 3) were confirmed for …
Les Murray talks about shifting perceptions of memory, and his new poetry collection, Waiting for the Past.
Meet acclaimed Melbourne novelist and father-of-five Tony Birch.
In China’s far north-west, the Uygurs of Kashgar are a reminder of the Silk Road outpost’s cultural convergence.
Why openness, pragmatism – and maybe some ice-cream – are the best ways to deal with the pain of miscarriage.
Rascally Bob Murphy on finding inspiration for his writing and loving the Bulldogs.
Four times. (Bonus points: 1987, 1999, 2003 and 2007.)
“What brings a man to kick his jaunty white fedora with a black band down a street in Madrid just after dawn? What brings a man to that?”
The actor muses on Twitter over a hat he saw being kicked past a bus stop. To ask another question at random: What brings a man to throw his phone at a concierge in Manhattan? What brings a man to that?
“Are you going to get thirsty as well? The boys are thirsty, they seem.”
The legless spinner marks Australia’s win in the Cricket World Cup with a tenacious interview style reminiscent of Kerry O’Brien after budget.
“He is expected to take part in a range of unit-based activities and training exercises.”
The Australian Defence Force outlines plans for a month-long visit from Prince Harry. No word as to who would be counting these units or whether they would end in strip poker.
“I don’t claim I’m entirely innocent – it was the biggest mistake of my life. But I am not a murderer.”
The former German policeman breaks down in court before being sentenced for killing and perhaps eating a man he met on a fetish website for people who want to be killed and perhaps eaten.
“Bill Shorten is the man who controls the GST, effectively.”
The prime minister uses a hectoring interview with Alan Jones to further showcase his nuanced understanding of the tax system. Effectively.
“Victoria and Queensland demonstrated it was possible to knock off first-term governments, even when the ALP had been reduced to the size of a netball team.”
The secretary of the NSW Transport Workers Union sends a letter to Labor caucus asking for better results and using the standard metric in trucking and haulage, women’s sports teams.