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Gonski 0.5

May 3, 2017 - 09:27 -- Admin

As the details of Malcolm Turnbull’s “new” announcement to “stop the arguments” about school funding emerge, it is worth revisiting how we got into this position. On August 29, days before the 2013 election, Christopher Pyne said ”you can vote Liberal or Labor and you’ll get exactly the same amount of funding for your school”. By…

Next Week’s News

May 3, 2017 - 09:23 -- Admin

Today I didn’t have my iPad at breakfast, so I didn’t get the chance to read the daily paper. Instead, I continued reading a very interesting non-fiction book and started to think more generally about the world rather than catch up on the immediate events of the day. And then I started to think about…

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Australia and North Korea: Time to grow up before we get burnt.

May 2, 2017 - 13:16 -- Admin

By Christopher Kennedy Caught in a strategic hub between China and Japan, North Korea has always been a place of conflict. If the Chinese or the Mongols we’re not invading the Japanese were having a go. Australia, instead of being a diplomatic hub between Chinese and American interests in this present Korean conflict, for various…

Ensemble with President Macron?

May 2, 2017 - 08:00 -- Admin

By Denis Bright In the initial phase of this Sunday’s second round vote in the French presidential election, the charismatic Emmanuel Macron seemed destined for the Elysee Palace. Then came the rival but opportunistic visits by both Emmanuel Macron and Marina Le Pen to the Whirlpool factory at Amiens in one of France’s northern industrial…

Oh, sugar

May 1, 2017 - 19:09 -- Admin

By Tracie Aylmer Recently I had an interesting conversation with a friend about fruit juice in the major shopping chains. He suggested that there should be fruit stalls for which fruit bought instore could be juiced for a nominal amount. This would reduce the amount of sugar (which is in most packaged fruit juices) and…

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Good debt, bad debt, and the stuff that is already paid for

May 1, 2017 - 12:02 -- Admin

Morrison’s “good debt, bad debt” spin has a twofold purpose. Firstly, it is an admission that the Coalition has abandoned its foolhardy promise to eliminate debt and an attempt to justify them borrowing for pet projects. Secondly, with his categorisation of recurring expenditure as “bad debt”, Morrison is softening us up for cuts to health,…

Taking (too good) care of business

May 1, 2017 - 09:00 -- Admin

By freef’all852 Turning government responsibility from service provider to one of social cohesion. The entire premise of granting public monies via infrastructure grants or tax relief to big corporations is that THEY; the corporations and businesses are the “creators of work and jobs via a “trickle-down-effect” to benefit, eventually, the workers of the nation. This is…

Day to Day Politics: Mass said for the death of truth in government.

May 1, 2017 - 06:09 -- Admin

Monday 1 May 2017 A conservative government was elected on September 14 in the year of our Lord 2013. Later a requiem mass for the death of truth in the mainstream media and government was held at old Parliament House Canberra. The service was conducted by Archbishop Murdoch and assisted by an Abbott. The eulogy was…