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Articles from Peter Martin

Delta is tempting us to trade lives for freedoms — a choice it had looked like we wouldn’t have to make

September 15, 2021 - 15:43 -- Admin

Last year COVID-19 seemed simple. It was horrific, but the arguments about what to do were fairly straightforward.

On one side were people rightly horrified by its rapid spread who wanted us to stay at home and stay away from school and work and socialising in order to save lives.

From October, it will be all but impossible for most Australians to vape — largely because of Canberra’s little-known ‘homework police’

September 8, 2021 - 15:39 -- Admin

After a misstep, it’s about to become illegal to import e-cigarettes without a prescription, which means that, for most Australians, it’ll become all but impossible to vape from October 1.

The misstep tells us a lot about how the Australian government works behind the scenes — most of it good.

When COVID is behind us, we're going to have to pay more tax

July 21, 2021 - 16:20 -- Admin

The biggest unstated message from the intergenerational report released during the lull between lockdowns is that we will need more tax.

Not now. At the moment it’s a matter of throwing everything we’ve got at getting on top of the COVID outbreaks and worrying about how to (and the extent to which we will need to) pay for it later.

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