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Saturday, May 27, 2017

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Oped: polling is destroying Western Democracies

Oped by political and market research veteran Peter Mills Politicians have opted out of the vision business. In its early years, market research polling was conducted...

Plutus: the police raids, the ATO and the real plutocrats

COMMENT Loath as one is to invoke the utterances of Donald Trump, this "shocking", "massive" and "disgusting" Plutus scandal which has "engulfed" the Australian Tax...

Opening Statement to Senate Inquiry into Journalism

Opening statement to the Senate Select Committee on the Future of Public Interest Journalism by Michael West, principal of independent journalism website michaelwest.com.au. Media coverage...
Chris Jordan from the ATO at senate enquiry

Monster gas projects may pay no tax and royalties on $33B a year

This week’s budget papers show the government spending A$33 billion on education this year, nearly the same amount that Australia’s five new offshore gas...
Wooden duck on rubber tube with title Committed Liquidity Facility

Banks, the tax and the $14 billion insider trade

The biggest insider trade of the year has just been executed before our very eyes thanks to a monumental government leak. Word of the Budget...

Behind the intervention in gas: desperation

For the government to intervene in the gas market - in the face of bitter resistance from one of the most powerful lobbies in...

Coal glut, cheaper renewables, Adani makes no sense at all

As public angst over the prospective A$1 billion subsidy to coal magnate Guatam Adani hits fever pitch, a small company is modestly beavering away...

Land titles office: another privatisation for the Caymans?

Profits from the NSW land titles registry may soon be heading to the Cayman Islands to be controlled by one of the world's most...

Tackle payment times: big response to small biz inquiry

Hammurabi nailed it back in 1772 BC when he declared: “The first duty of government is to protect the powerless from the powerful.” When it...

Land titles: the folly of privatising an essential monopoly

Sensibly, the federal government abandoned plans to privatise the database of the corporate regulator just before Christmas. Almost inexplicably, the NSW government continues to...

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