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The emperors’ old clothes

May 11, 2018 - 11:49 -- Admin

The broken bits of Australian business life have been sticking out jaggedly from the otherwise silky-smooth performances at the Hayne royal commission. And not just at the commission: a new report from Australia’s prudential regulator adds more evidence of bad behaviour among bankers and advisers. There are signs the problems extend more widely.

Malaysia’s day on edge

May 11, 2018 - 11:28 -- Admin

“We’ve asked the sultans not to be on the wrong side of history,” a Pakatan Harapan candidate told me in a posh cafe in Kuala Lumpur in February. “They should not emulate the Indonesian royalty during the Indonesian revolution,” he continued, referring to East Indies rulers who sided with the Dutch on the eve of Indonesian independence. “We are very confident. Very confident.”

Trump’s nuclear brinkmanship enters a new phase

May 9, 2018 - 17:14 -- Admin

The United States is juggling two hugely important nuclear proliferation crises simultaneously. While Donald Trump angles for a deal with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un, he has fulfilled a campaign promise to “terminate” an agreement for containing Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Both flashpoints create enormous challenges, and the price of failure is high.

Budget 2018: built on good fortune, relying on luck

May 9, 2018 - 08:51 -- Admin

Scott Morrison was all smiles as he handed down his pre-election budget on Tuesday night. Economic good times — at least compared to forecasts — have allowed him to announce income tax cuts and an early return to surplus while making very few difficult spending decisions. But the new medium-term target of capping taxes as a share of the economy will only be achievable with superhuman spending restraint: and both history and demographic forces will be against him.

Budget blues

May 8, 2018 - 11:48 -- Admin

When the Howard government lost office in November 2007, former treasurer and heir apparent Peter Costello displayed rare political farsightedness when he declined to throw his hat into the leadership ring.

Out of the shadows

May 8, 2018 - 08:04 -- Admin

Most people think that “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” is a Roberta Flack song. It appeared on her debut album of 1969, First Take, and her record company released her ultra-slow and sultry performance as a single after it was used two years later in the film Play Misty for Me. It was a worldwide hit in 1972.

Sons and others

May 5, 2018 - 08:40 -- Admin

Breath, Simon Baker’s debut feature as director, is a small, delicate film, a coming-of-age movie that does great credit to Baker and his collaborators and honours the work from which it was adapted. Tim Winton’s 2008 novel celebrates the cleansing exhilaration of the surf, the beauty of it, the adrenalin summoned to overcome fear, the gliding calm.