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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.

Boomers and Millennials: better a pension than Newstart … until the virus

Boomers and Millennials: better a pension than Newstart … until the virus

The biggest risk of living in poverty in Australia is to receive welfare payments without an additional source of income. This is a problem of both generational and class inequality. Noah Corbett reports on decades of economic policy decisions which have reduced the social welfare safety net for those who are young, working-age or older without property whilst benefitting wealthy, older Australians who own property and have sizeable superannuation.

Band of Brothers: Lockheed Martin and the Department of Defence

Band of Brothers: Lockheed Martin and the Department of Defence

After 28 years with Defence Science and Technology, on Friday, October 28, 2016, Dr Tony Lindsay, one of Australia’s most eminent defence scientists, said goodbye to DST. The following Tuesday, November 1, he started work with the world’s largest arms manufacturer, Lockheed Martin. Michelle Fahy reports on Australia’s revolving door between military and industry.

Future Rorts: Why buy one election when you can buy three?

Future Rorts: Why buy one election when you can buy three?

The Government has teed up a “community chest” of future rorts to target marginal seats in two more elections. The blatant manipulation of voters does not end with #sportsrorts and other assorted grants rorts. Jommy Tee has uncovered a cunning plan which could see Community Development Grants pork-barrel another two election campaigns.

Brothers-in-Arms: the high-rotation revolving door between the Australian government and arms merchants

Brothers-in-Arms: the high-rotation revolving door between the Australian government and arms merchants

A disturbing number of Australia’s military personnel, senior defence and intelligence officials and politicians leave their public service jobs and walk through the ‘revolving door’ into roles with weapons-making and security-related corporations. Nowhere is government and industry more fused than in defence. Michelle Fahy reports.

Pigs might fly: electioneering an airport at Cohuna

Pigs might fly: electioneering an airport at Cohuna

An unregistered lobbyist, a ministerial breach of the Lobbying Code of Conduct and a $2.6 million grant awarded during the election campaign minus pesky guidelines. Jommy Tee and Ronni Salt clear the pigs for take off.The deputy prime minister, Michael McCormack,...

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