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US sanctions policy ‘on steroids’: a legitimate tool or is Donald Trump using it for retribution?

US sanctions policy ‘on steroids’: a legitimate tool or is Donald Trump using it for retribution?

Trump is adding to the US sanctions list at a rate never seen before, without Congressional oversight or the requirement to produce evidence. Sanctioning the International Criminal Court over its unanimous ruling to investigate US military personnel for alleged war crimes could see the names of victims of war crimes added to a list previously reserved for terrorists, war criminals, dictators and international drug lords.

Silver Bullet: an elegant cure for Government spending excess

Silver Bullet: an elegant cure for Government spending excess

If it’s good enough for tennis stars and entertainers, it’s good enough for multinational tax avoiders and consultants. Michael West addresses the Senate Inquiry into Finance and Public Administration today. This is an edited version of the opening statement to the Committee which oversees public accountability in which he calls for measures to protect Australian taxpayers from reckless spending and opaque disclosure.

Closing the Gap: how a captive media failed to question Scott Morrison on defunding

Closing the Gap: how a captive media failed to question Scott Morrison on defunding

Only one member of the Australian media questioned Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s narrative about the “innocent” failure of Kevin Rudd’s Closing the Gap scheme. This failure of accountability from all major Australian media outlets skirts over the $1 billion in funding cut from Indigenous services. Callum Foote lays down the real numbers in this investigation of yet another instance of media succumbing to Government public relations narratives.

Wilful ignorance of facts on Chinese investment is cheap politics

Wilful ignorance of facts on Chinese investment is cheap politics

Fears of China buying up the country run deep, with opportunistic politicians and commentators long showing a willingness to not let “facts” get in the way of the truth. And the facts are that: China’s land interests are predominantly leasehold, it owns just 2% of foreign investment stock and is subject to a much lower threshold test. With the Australia-China relationship at a low ebb, it is time to call out this destructive tactic, writes James Laurenceson.

Will the passage from JobKeeper to JobMaker finish at JobSeeker?

Will the passage from JobKeeper to JobMaker finish at JobSeeker?

Today’s GDP is a sideshow. The real game kicks off in the first week of September when the full devastation of the coronavirus will be revealed. That’s when JobKeeper comes off, when Sally McManus wraps up her negotiations with Christian Porter, when millions of Australians are likely to hit the JobSeeker queue. Michael West reports on the new buzzword “productivity”.

The COVIDSafe app is not the enemy — the virus is

The COVIDSafe app is not the enemy — the virus is

The Coronavirus tracing app has been downloaded more than 5 million times, while privacy concerns remain. Independent Telecommunications expert, Gary McLaren, argues that although the privacy concerns are valid, the marketing of the app should focus on the positives and not coercion by a Government still struggling with trust.

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