With an appalling approval rating, but protected by Labor’s leadership rules, Bill Shorten must persuade the public he’s a man of ideas.
China boosts KMT; Turkish Kurds used in election; Hague to ponder South China Sea disputes; CCP members’ golf ban
“Right now, officials in capital cities the world over are scheduling, briefing and fretting over the feast of looming diplomatic jamborees.”
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Returning for a second season
The Lucky Country is an insider’s outside view of Australia’s most important political and economic debates. Hosted by The Australia Institute’s Chief Economist Richard Denniss, The Lucky Country is a weekly podcast from Schwartz Media which applies common sense to complex issues.
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Letters & Editorial
Morrison upfront about approach
Thank you, Sophie Morris, for reminding us of Treasurer Scott Morrison’s recent remark to Annabel Crabb that his pre-election brutality towards refugees was to make both them and people smugglers …
Musician Sarah Blasko is back with a new album – sunnier than before and focused on love.
An audience with the chic and ever diplomatic Australian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China.
To appreciate the extraordinary ancient and modern history of Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands, you’ve got to dig below the surface.
In some nations, a staggering 90 per cent of teenagers are short-sighted, but perhaps the problem could be arrested by simply sending children outside.
J. K. Rowling (under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith).
Justin Trudeau. (Bonus point: Stephen Harper.)
37 degrees Celsius.
“They said, ‘Trust me, this is in your best interest to do what we say, we’re the guys who got Eddie Obeid’ … I don’t watch the news so I didn’t know who Eddie Obeid was.”
The girlfriend of NSW crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen’s son explains how ICAC officers seized her phone.
“I want to say to everyone else, get stuffed, because women can do anything and we can beat the world.”
The first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup talks about chauvinism in the industry.
“It’s fair to say it still will be a male-dominated sport, that’s the way it’s been for a long time and the sooner people get their heads around that the better.”
The jockey, who didn’t ride in this year’s Melbourne Cup, talks about the woman who won the Melbourne Cup.
“If they want to do that on a stage, that’s fine. But when someone from the public rushes up with a handkerchief...”
The senator complains that a witness appeared to cry under his questioning during public hearings of the inquiry into arts funding.
“I think that the test of whether any set of measures is fair is going to be whether people look at it and say, ‘Yep, that seems fair enough.’ ”
The prime minister spells out his equality test for tax reform. A similar principle works for measuring quantities when baking.
“To achieve the surplus our plan is to ensure that expenditure is less than revenue.”
The treasurer helps to explain complex economic reasoning. The logic is compelling.