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16 Sep 2009

LET ME START with a pre-emptive admission: the media, I hereby confess, are deeply superficial.

By media, I mean mass circulation print, radio and TV outlets and online news sites. Committed journalists have come to realise that the public discerns the media in which they work as all...

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07 Dec 2016

There are some policy issues that are complex and difficult to resolve. Some problems aren’t easily understood, and even if policy makers and leaders understand them, there are no easy answers. Politicians will always have a difficult job balancing the needs of different groups in the community...

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24 Nov 2016

I am in shock finding that I am writing this, but the world is spinning very fast at the moment.

A few weeks ago, I argued that Murdoch’s approach to reporting news had created Trump. That still rings true, but what Murdoch unleashed has now accelerated out of Murdoch’s control and into...

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20 Oct 2016

Daniel Andrews is taking us for a ride. Not one of those nice rides to the country with plenty of sunshine and a picnic at the end. But one where he locks the doors, doesn’t tell you where you’re going and drives into the night with the meter running.

And it doesn’t look like ending well...

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12 Oct 2016

On September 27, a vicious low pressure system developed in the Great Australian Bight. As it rotated, the ‘mid-latitude cyclone’ sucked cold air up from the frigid Southern Ocean, pushing a cold front towards South Australia with 100 km/h winds.

The storm smashed into South Australia the...

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12 Oct 2016

After a call for submissions, the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee has recommended that the Senate pass the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016. This is despite 11 of the 14 submissions indicating that they did not support the amendments...

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20 Sep 2016

We’re paying too much for a bloated financial service sector.

A prominent example is Australia’s largest health insurer, Medibank Private, which in the last financial year absorbed just over a billion dollars of contributors’ premiums in management overheads and profits – $511 million as...

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19 Sep 2016

On Thursday evening a house rented by the man accused of killing Aboriginal teenager Elijah Doughty was set on fire.

The fire came almost three weeks after Elijah’s body was found near Gribble Creek in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, on August 29th. Elijah had allegedly been killed by a non-...

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14 Sep 2016

Critical habitat of the last Little Penguin colony on mainland NSW was cleared late last year, near the Quarantine Station’s Boilerhouse restaurant at North Head, Manly.

Trying to reveal ‘whodunit’, and why, has yet again shown up the absurd lengths the government will go to to keep...

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13 Sep 2016

The nature of the Australian labour force has changed drastically in a very short time. In the late 1970s, eight in 10 workers had full-time jobs. Today, only 65 per cent of workers are considered to be in full-time work. Jobs are now increasingly casual (currently 20.1 per cent of the labour...

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08 Sep 2016

Something revolutionary happened quietly across the Tasman in 2014: A very special statute was passed, transforming the Te Urewera National Park into a unique entity with “all the rights, powers, duties, and liabilities of a legal person”.

Now, that tract of more than 200,000 hectares of...

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