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Amanda Vanstone

Born in Adelaide, Amanda Vanstone studied arts and law at the University of Adelaide and before entering politics worked in the legal area, retailing and small business.
Amanda entered the Australian Parliament in 1984 and was a Liberal senator for South Australia from 1984 to 2007. She was the only female member of the Howard cabinet following the 1996 election that brought the Coalition to power. She held several ministerial portfolios in the Howard government including minister for employment, education, training and youth affairs, minister for justice and customs, minister for family and community services, minister assisting the prime minister for the status of women, minister for immigration and multicultural and Indigenous affairs, and minister assisting the prime minister for reconciliation.
After her resignation from the Senate in 2007, Amanda served as the Australian ambassador to Italy until July 2010. Amanda was a commissioner on the Federal Commission of Audit in 2013-March 2014.

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13 Feb 2017

Some towns and areas in regional Australia are facing price rises and property shortages that are making them unaffordable for the people what want to live there. Joining us to discuss this matter is Professor Andrew Beer is Dean of Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia...

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05 Sep 2016

A former union official, Grace Collier, has called for greater scrutiny of 'deals' between unions and employers, which leave some workers worse off. Recently the Coles group had an enterprise agreement struck out because it disadvantaged some workers.

Collier, now a private consultant,...

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15 Aug 2016

A young indigenous thinker from Alice Springs says too often women are part of the huge problem that is Aboriginal violence, because in many cases men are seen as incapable of doing wrong.

Jacinta Nampijinpa Price says instead of looking to constitutional recognition or treaties or...

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13 Jun 2016

Many people dream of writing a best-selling book, but not many of them actually have a runaway success in them.

In the past, budding author’s spent months, sometimes years, slaving over a typewriter or PC trying to produce something worthy of a Ludlum, King or J.K. Rowling. Most only got...

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23 May 2016

Australia is one of America’s closest allies, we’ve fought in every significant conflict together since World War 1 and we’re party to several defence treaties. It's fair to say military co-operation is close. But, because of this, does the US believe that Australia will therefore automatically...

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18 Apr 2016

A new report says billions of dollars has been squandered in the last decade on road projects in marginal electorates to the detriment of our cities – where the infrastructure is actually needed.

The report, from the Grattan Institute, says many of the projects went ahead...

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01 Dec 2014

Some people argue that right now Australian manufacturing is in decline. That Australian manufacturers have been plagued by high labour costs plus bad work and management practices. That employers are moving off shore and employment numbers are dwindling.

Might better business practises...

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01 Sep 2014

A new report argues that ‘countries that invest in strategic thinking and planning have more capacity to deliver better quality.’ Now that report is actually on foreign policy and as we’ve seen recently Australia has a role to play in world affairs and it’s important that when we step up we do...

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11 Nov 2013

We are in the midst of an energy revolution  - gas - and it’s important that we get it right so there’s enough for both the home market and the export market, that the price is competitive and that it’s not too much of a strain on our environment.

Australia is on track to being the...

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21 Oct 2013

What effect is the seemingly unstoppable advance of social media, and in particular Twitter, having on world events? How it is shaping war and peace and how we think and what we do?

The Taliban use twitter so does the al-Shabaab...

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