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10 Dec 2013

“FROM a vantage point in the First World, debates around refugees carry a strong whiff of parochialism,” Peter Gatrell observes in his excellent new book, The Making of the Modern Refugee. That is certainly true in Australia. Leaving aside the fact that only about two...

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6 Dec 2013

Australia could benefit too from a renegotiation of the maritime boundary, writes Michael Leach

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4 Dec 2013

PERHAPS the most admirable admission about Labor’s unhappy election campaign was made late last month at the National Press Club, when George Wright said that he, as the party’s campaign director, took full responsibility for the defeat. Just a few days later, Bruce Hawker published...

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4 Dec 2013

THE 2013 election was probably the first in Australian history in which half of the votes were cast by electors aged fifty or over. Only 47 per cent of people on the electoral roll fall into that age group, but the lower voting rate among...

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4 Dec 2013

A FEW days ago I turned seventy-five but, truth be told, I’ve been pondering the three-quarter-century mark ever since I reached seventy-four. Why it’s a milestone is hard to say, as it is with any kind of milestone. Officially, I became old on my sixtieth...

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