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ir   February 24, 2024

ASIC turmoil exposed

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission is clearly feeling the pressure of scrutiny by the Senate inquiry and consequent media coverage. The parliamentary joint committee embarked on its inquiry into ASIC’s “capacity and capability to...

ir   June 10, 2023

Big business attacks wages and workers

The economy roared back into view as the major focus of contention this week, with some weird developments adding extra drama to the pain and usual blame game that happens when the going gets really tough for millions of Australians. The pain came...

ir   March 25, 2023

Labor rift over submarine deal

Paul Keating’s verbal torpedoes aimed at the AUKUS nuclear submarine deal have begun hitting their targets in the Labor Party. Keating – often and correctly described as a “Labor icon” – has been joined by two of the party’s more influential figures...

ir   January 14, 2023

Australia’s new arms race

Australia has now joined the United States in refusing to discuss the ANZUS Treaty, let alone claim it is the foundation of Australia’s security. What was once seen as a virtue is now considered a drawback. The perceived trouble is that the treaty...

ir   January 14, 2023

Note: don’t forget to govern

The debacle that played out in the United States house of representatives over the new year provided more than just a window into the dysfunction of a political system hijacked by the far right. For me, it raised a fundamental question that is...

ir   November 19, 2022

The Xi Jinping handshake

Anthony Albanese’s handshake with Xi Jinping was more than a reset in relations between Australia and China; it was confirmation that the dynamics of domestic politics here have changed. The spectre of the “yellow peril”, particularly dog-whistled...

ir   November 12, 2022

The definitive case against nuclear subs

It’s more than a year since Australia scuttled its submarine deal with France in favour of the nuclear-powered submarine arrangement Scott Morrison announced as part of the AUKUS agreement. There’s been a change of government and more announcing,...

ir   August 20, 2022

How to avoid a crisis over Taiwan

To understand the People’s Liberation Army’s fortnight of political and military pyrotechnics over Taiwan, you have to start with the domestic political conditions in Beijing. In three months, Xi Jinping will convene the most consequential national...

ir   August 20, 2022

Big trouble in belittling China

Probably one of the most bizarre outcomes of our political process in recent years has been the deterioration of our relationship with China, as we have ignored the significance of the Chinese economy to our own. Much of the discussion about China...

ir   August 13, 2022

Diplomatic, systematic, emblematic: Dutton’s ceased enlightening

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton is putting extreme strain on Australia’s bipartisan foreign policy when it comes to dealing with our biggest trading partner, China. He continues to speak very loudly while Australia is carrying a stick he admits isn’t...

ir   May 28, 2022

Labor’s Quad workout

There has been an earthquake in Australian parliamentary democracy, which has checked the dominance of the two major parties and demonstrated two-thirds of the country were hungry for change. The Liberal–National Coalition government was swept from...