politics

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...

politics August 6, 2022

The Peter Dutton schtick

It still hasn’t dawned on the Liberal and National parties why they suffered such a stunning defeat at the May election. Maybe Labor’s slender majority masks the rejection of the Liberals in their heartland seats, which resulted in a near-record...

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

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...

health July 23, 2022

Why is the government ignoring expert advice on Covid?

There is an old joke about the global search for a one-armed economist, because when asked for an opinion the answer is often, “on the one hand … and then on the other”. It is also said that if you laid all the economists in the world end to end,...

politics July 16, 2022

Like Covid, populism isn’t over

As the Conservative Party wrestles with the task of choosing Britain’s next prime minister, it’s a chance to step back and consider all the forces that led to the political demise of Boris Johnson. He joins Donald Trump and Scott Morrison on the...

economy July 16, 2022

The obstacles to Australia becoming a green superpower

The concept of Australia becoming a renewable energy superpower should be a no-brainer. A clean-energy revolution is under way that will drive societies around the globe to a low-carbon existence. This will rival in significance the Industrial...

politics July 16, 2022

What’s behind Tony Abbott’s return to the spotlight?

No one did more to shape the direction of Australian politics in the past decade than Tony Abbott. His ruthless and determined resistance to effective action on climate change was reprehensibly short-sighted but was the template for four election...