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A Macron moment

May 3, 2018 - 12:25 -- Admin

Emmanuel Macron landed in Sydney on Tuesday, fresh from a high-profile visit to the United States and still buoyed by the “Macronmania” that has swept the world since his election. Much hope had been invested in his capacity to persuade Donald Trump to resist the temptations of American isolationism, and many leaders would once again have envied the rapport he seems to have established with Trump when he attended last year’s French national day celebrations on the Champs-Élysées.

Budgeting in boom time

May 2, 2018 - 12:13 -- Admin

Life can be exhilarating. And sometimes it can be disappointing. Sometimes it can be both at once. Melbourne is a prime example.

In just a decade, Melbourne has added more than a million people. It began this century with 3.4 million people. By September, on current estimates, it will have five million. In less than twenty years, its population has grown by roughly half.

Citizen Jones

May 2, 2018 - 10:38 -- Admin

“Oral biography” is not perhaps a descriptor we would immediately place among film’s genre possibilities, but Garry Sturgess’s Barry Jones: In Search of Lost Time makes an eloquent case for its cinematic potential. “Documentary” doesn’t seem quite adequate to describe the “film story” he has assembled here, for Barry Jones looks more like a life being performed on screen with an audience in attendance.

Life on Earth

May 1, 2018 - 18:24 -- Admin

New TV drama genres and subgenres are proliferating, yet the crime thriller retains its predominance in international markets. Perhaps it is the lure of the plot: the dark mystery, the suspense of lurking danger. These effects are hard to pull off, though, and most attempts result in a pastiche of hackneyed scenes and storylines.

The Great Assenters

May 1, 2018 - 12:12 -- Admin

When the US Supreme Court recently split five judges to four on a new test for deporting criminals, Trump-appointee Neil Gorsuch joined the court’s four liberals for the first time. That was the court’s fourth five–four split during April, alongside three more that were either six–three or seven–two.

Not so super

April 29, 2018 - 21:45 -- Admin

Australia has got superannuation policy wrong. The bipartisan plan to increase compulsory super contributions to 12 per cent will reduce wages today, do little to boost the retirement incomes of many low-income workers, and cost the federal budget billions now and well into the future. If politicians really want to help low-income earners, the planned increases should be scrapped.