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SA Labor hangs on

March 24, 2014 - 14:03 -- Admin

The Weatherill Labor Government has been returned to power for another 4 years with the help of Geoff Brock, the Independent of Frome, to support a minority government. Bob Such, the other Independent is on sick leave. Weatherill's victory was mostly unexpected, and it was generally seen as unlikely by the savvy political commentators who have inside information.

SA: its early days but...

March 17, 2014 - 10:59 -- Admin

If South Australia does buck the political cycle, and a minority Weatherall Labor Government is able to hang onto power with support from the two Independents, then it and the Independents will be under constant attack from the tribal conservatives in Canberra and their partisan supporters in Big Business and the Big Media.

Ken Henry speaks

March 13, 2014 - 22:21 -- Admin

Ken Henry, the ex-Secretary of the Treasury says on the 7.30 Report that that Australia cannot afford new social policies without tax reform and predicted the GST will have to rise to tackle structural holes in the budget:

an emerging authoritarianism?

March 8, 2014 - 16:58 -- Admin

The Abbott Government's commitment to a neo-liberal mode of governance is now clear. In this mode of governance civil society is a market, and the role of the government is to keep the market running by removing as many market distortions as politically possible--to get the economic fundamentals right ---and to let the market sort things out.

ending the Tasmanian Forests Agreement

March 6, 2014 - 08:24 -- Admin

You would think that the majority of Tasmanians are sick of the conflict over native forestry and would support an agreement to end it and to shift to becoming less dependent on their extractive industries over time given that forestry is a minor industry in the state. It generates just over 1,200 jobs – or less than 0.5 per cent of total employment in the state.