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A series of remarks or observations made by someone with authority to speak and be heard on the subject, for example, a journalist writing a column on a political or social issue.

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22 Sep 2017

The 'homelessness crisis,' particularly in Melbourne and Sydney, has attracted renewed attention in recent months. While there are higher rates of unemployment for people who are homeless, many are working and homeless.

For the past two decades, the growing numbers of Big Issue sellers on...

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19 Sep 2017

Malcolm Turnbull was interviewed late last month on the ABC’s flagship news current affairs program, 7.30. It wasn’t pretty viewing. Turnbull responded to host Leigh Sales’ interrogation through gritted teeth. He tetchily accused her of being “negative”: of only wanting “to talk about politics...

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19 Sep 2017

Last week’s release of the Class A files of the parliamentary commission of inquiry into allegations against Justice Lionel Murphy reopened a longstanding controversy about the behaviour of the...

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18 Sep 2017

What do you know about the federal government’s media package, passed last week by the Senate?

Probably: that the votes of the Nick Xenophon Team’s senators and the amendments of their leader were crucial to the bill’s passing.

Probably: that the “whole media industry” supported...

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16 Sep 2017

A few months ago, Nick Xenophon approached me and the editors of other smaller independent and regional media companies with a reasonable question.

If the senator was to back the government’s plan to scrap rules protecting diversity of media ownership in Australia, paving the way for...

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14 Sep 2017

The breakthrough in negotiations with the Senate crossbenchers that the government has been chipping away at has finally arrived.

The deregulatory legislation, the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (...

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14 Sep 2017

Australians value education, so when looking at the OECD’s Education at a Glance 2017 report, it’s not surprising to see we spend more on education than average among comparable nations.

However, it’s worth noting where the money comes from. A...

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12 Sep 2017

The postal marriage survey starts popping into letterboxes today, and if the deadline to return it were this Friday, or next, we know exactly what the result would be: an easy win for Yes.

Opinion polls tell us so. Polls can be wrong, but not by this amount. True, the marriage survey won’...

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11 Sep 2017

As the Federal government attempts to reform Australia’s media ownership laws, evidence is emerging that journalists are moving away from the traditional watchdog role of the press towards satisfying the demands of audiences.

Decades of debate about whether journalists ought to give...

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09 Sep 2017

One of the most common debates in economics is when should government intervene in markets? Government itself – judging by its recent actions – clearly thinks the answer should be ‘quite often’. Can there be any doubt that intervention is increasing, not just in energy markets — see the furore...

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07 Sep 2017

The High Court has struck down the challenges to the same-sex marriage ballot, clearing the way for voting papers to start going out next week.

The court’s decision...

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04 Sep 2017

When a journalist moves from press secretary to press gallery reporter, it raises tricky ethical questions for news editors in the face of possible concerns about the former political staff member’s independence and partisanship.

For some editors, the risk of the returning journalist...

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04 Sep 2017

In a major joint announcement on Saturday, Timor-Leste and Australia declared they had reached an agreement on “central aspects” of a maritime boundary determination. Since April last year, the two countries have been...

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02 Sep 2017

The latest volley of North Korean ballistic missiles, one of which flew over northern Japan, has pushed tensions on the Korean peninsula to a perilous tipping point where war is no longer unimaginable. The real prospect of a military conflict between nuclear-armed North Korea and the US and its...

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01 Sep 2017

With the Commonwealth electoral roll in its best shape ever, are the Coalition’s worst fears being realised? Back in 2011–12, when the Gillard government was preparing to introduce direct enrolment, the Coalition was ferociously opposed. Direct enrolment would allow the Australian Electoral...

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30 Aug 2017

The Constitution is not normally front-page news in Australia. Despite the profound impact it has on our politics and society, it is easy to see why.

Overall, the document is a dry and difficult read that bears out the lawyers’ language and values of the 1890s. Former senator and High...

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28 Aug 2017

Even before the march in Charlottesville turned violent, images of white supremacist demonstrators were posted on social media along with requests to identify them.

Many were named by Twitter and Facebook sleuths, complete with details of where they lived and worked. Some have reportedly ...

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22 Aug 2017

The citizenship debacle engulfing the Nationals, and in turn the Coalition government, has as much to do with trust and integrity as it does with the constitution. Being consistent is important in business and in government.

After the Greens' Scott Ludlum and Larissa Waters resigned over...

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18 Aug 2017

Dual Citizenship and Section 44: What Role of the Court?

The relevance of section 44 of the Australian Constitution has again been questioned. Senator Matt Canavan has resigned as a minister on account that he might be an Italian citizen. It seems anomalous to the naked...

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16 Aug 2017

Ageism isn’t the only barrier keeping older workers out of jobs (full article)

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Governments internationally are pushing out the ages at which pensions can be claimed and influential bodies such as the OECD are pointing to the inevitably of longer working lives as...

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