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economy July 20, 2019

How seniors became our most fierce lobby

Organised, connected and efficient, older voters have campaigned hard for concessions from the government and won time and again.

indigenous affairs July 20, 2019

Coalition divided on First Nations voice

While Ken Wyatt tries to find a model for recognition that will appease his party, a grassroots movement is hoping to win public support for a voice to parliament.

health July 20, 2019

The broken private health insurance system

While a new report claims Australia’s private health system is in a ‘death spiral’, the crisis actually began with the introduction of Medicare in 1984.

law & crime July 20, 2019

Music festival deaths inquest

As the NSW deputy state coroner examines the MDMA-linked deaths of six young music festival-goers, security precautions, pill testing and overdose procedures come under scrutiny.

health July 13, 2019

The reality behind Morrison’s tax cuts

Scott Morrison says there will be no cuts to health, education or services to pay for his tax package. The numbers tell a different story.

property July 6, 2019

House prices and zoning

The latest figures suggest that house prices are rising once more. According to Reserve Bank research, zoning restrictions contribute to high prices – but planning experts disagree.

asia pacific July 6, 2019

Japan resumes commercial whaling

On Monday, Japan recommenced commercial whaling for the first time in three decades. But could this actually mark the beginning of an end to the country’s whaling program?

immigration July 6, 2019

Dutton’s stance on citizenship laws

Despite recommendations from parliament’s security watchdog, Peter Dutton will press ahead with plans to ban Australian citizens with terrorism links from returning home.

economy June 29, 2019

Tax cuts and economic stimulus

The government is adamant its proposed three-stage tax package be passed in its entirety or not at all – thus potentially denying a slowing economy some much-needed stimulus.

politics June 29, 2019

Scott Morrison’s inner circle

Still dogged by questions about his rise to the Liberal leadership, Scott Morrison is keeping his allies close, and rewarding those who voted for him in the spill.

immigration June 29, 2019

No truth behind Dutton’s medivac rhetoric

The government is aiming to repeal the medivac law, saying it will restart the boats, bring criminals to the country and overcrowd our hospital system. But what are the facts behind these claims?