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law & crime August 13, 2022

Australia’s frayed anti-discrimination laws

In early May, the High Court delivered a judgement that further undermines the fragile patchwork quilt of anti-discrimination law in Australia. You might have missed it – Citta Hobart v Cawthorn received little attention with all eyes on the federal...

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...

economy August 13, 2022

Keeping politics above board

Our society is losing sight of the significance and requirements of “good governance”. Governance refers to the system by which our key organisations are managed, most importantly elected governments and corporations. It clearly identifies who are...

economy August 6, 2022

Budget reality bites

I have been analysing and forecasting economies since joining the International Monetary Fund in the late 1960s, and I can say it is much more difficult now than at any time since then to predict how the world and our economy will evolve. Multiple...

indigenous affairs August 6, 2022

What happens next for the Voice?

Curiosity and impatience for referendum detail is unsurprising. This is the second decade of the constitutional recognition journey in Australia, and it is Australia’s first referendum since 1999. It is worth pointing out, however, that much of the...

economy August 6, 2022


Budget reality bites

I have been analysing and forecasting economies since joining the International Monetary Fund in the late 1960s, and I can say it is much more difficult now than at any time since then to predict how the world and our economy will evolve. Multiple...

indigenous affairs July 30, 2022


Putting a statement into action

More than any other figure in our democracy, a prime minister can influence the direction of the nation. Anthony Albanese knows it, and he is not allowing the most difficult economic and strategic circumstance in more than three decades to deter him...

health July 30, 2022


We are ignoring inequality in the land of the ‘fair-go’

Australians are, on average, the fourth-richest people in the world. Before we start celebrating our luck or cleverness, we should be sobered by The Smith Family’s statement in its most disturbing TV advertising, that one in six of our children and...

health July 30, 2022


Hope, denial and Covid-19

This is the year of hope, denial and cognitive dissonance about the emergence of newer and more challenging variants of SARS-CoV-2 far outpacing vaccine development. Like saying your grandfather smoked all his life and lived to 100, thus smoking is...

politics July 23, 2022


Peter Dutton is the ‘uncivil’ one

Peter Dutton is calling for “civilised debate” in Australia. On Sky News he complained that the current standard of public debate is “reprehensible” and “unacceptable”. The opposition leader blames social media for the decline. I do not. Dutton’s...

environment July 23, 2022


Glass half-empty (or 43 per cent full)

The full impact of the change of government nine weeks ago will be clear on Tuesday when the new parliament sits for the first time. It will be an acid test for the Albanese government . The test is one it has largely set for itself, in terms of...