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The lost portrait

April 23, 2018 - 16:03 -- Admin

“I suppose you’d like to see the portrait before we have coffee.” The smiling woman who had greeted me at the door of her elegant Art Deco flat, typical of 1930s Melbourne, gestured towards the living room and ushered me in. On the wall next to the window overlooking the front garden I saw a group of four framed portraits. Three were of the same man painted by different artists.

Bonfire of the bankers

April 23, 2018 - 09:07 -- Admin

When it was announced that the financial services royal commission would be looking not just at banks but at the entire industry, including the super funds, bankers were no doubt delighted. With one year to report and a vast landscape to traverse, surely the heat on their part of the industry would be less intense?

Domestic disharmony

April 23, 2018 - 08:42 -- Admin

Between them, Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi have clocked up a little over a decade as leaders of their respective countries. Both men — China’s president and India’s prime minister — have captured international attention by disrupting perceptions of their countries’ roles and prospects. But their fates, and how confidently they deal with each other and the world, rest on the success or failure of their domestic programs.

Why is unemployment still so high?

April 20, 2018 - 13:29 -- Admin

In the first three months of this year, the official jobs figures tell us, 400,000 more people were in work in Australia than a year earlier. And roughly 300,000 of them were in full-time work.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics adds that the pace of job growth is now slowing sharply — as well it might. On those figures, we added one new job last year for every thirty we already had. That’s almost twice our long-term average pace of jobs growth. It’s astonishing.

Has Gonski stepped outside the square?

April 20, 2018 - 10:39 -- Admin

The first thing I did when I became a secondary school principal many years ago was to put the school’s prefects in blazers and ties. The school was losing enrolments and needed to improve its profile; prefects were put in the vanguard of our efforts to win back a critical mass of aspirant families. The second thing was to invite Sydney University educationalist David Smith to speak to the staff.

School improvement: is this our last chance?

April 20, 2018 - 10:39 -- Admin

The first thing I did when I became a secondary school principal many years ago was to put the school’s prefects in blazers and ties. The school was losing enrolments and needed to improve its profile; prefects were put in the vanguard of our efforts to win back a critical mass of aspirant families. The second thing was to invite Sydney University educationalist David Smith to speak to the staff.

What’s in a name?

April 19, 2018 - 10:52 -- Admin

When Family First arrived seemingly out of nowhere at the 2004 federal election, snatching a Senate spot in Victoria and getting close in South Australia and Tasmania, it soon became apparent that there were some very smart operators in the back room. The deals they wangled with most other parties saw Steve Fielding, a Victorian with just 1.9 per cent of the primary vote, beat the Greens into the Senate, despite the latter receiving almost four times that figure.

Inside Cambridge Analytica

April 19, 2018 - 10:27 -- Admin

In spite of the cuts that have reduced the ABC’s factual programming output by 60 per cent since mid 2014, Four Corners continues to screen state-of-art investigative journalism. “Mongrel Bunch of Bastards,” last week’s joint Fairfax/Four Corners exposé of the extraordinary powers of the Tax Office, was a prime example.

When Chifley met Nehru, and the Commonwealth’s transformation began

April 18, 2018 - 12:21 -- Admin

In a London hotel, two prime ministers sit down to breakfast. One is tall, lean, white-haired and speaks in a raspy, unmistakably working-class Australian accent. In public and private he smokes a pipe near constantly. The other is a protégé of Mahatma Gandhi who has spent over ten years detained in British colonial prisons in India, whose charisma and erudition have made him world famous; his preferred dress is an achkan, a knee-length coat.

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