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Big tech in the dock

If you’re looking for an illustration of the service industry’s future, look no further than Australian start-up Sked Social. The Melbourne company was established on a simple premise: small-business owners relying on social media to get their message out to consumers mightn’t have the time or the know-how to publish

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A vote beyond the void

Does more voting mean better democracy? If so, Britain would be well on track. The general election on 12 December is its fourth since 2010. The same period has seen four other pan-UK votes: referendums on electoral reform and Brexit, and two elections to the European parliament. There have also

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Swinging Sydney

Labor’s much-reported election review, already mentioned on these pages by Paul Rodan, Rod Tiffen and me, is thankfully free of the cherry-picking that characterises much of the analysis of May’s events. Its authors don’t simply choose an electorate that dramatically illustrates their preferred narrative, and ignore the ones that don’t.

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Gangster capitalism

“It’s about the eyes,” says Martin Scorsese, talking about the digital process he’s used to de-age Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci in The Irishman. Running three-and-a-half hours, this third gangster epic reunites Robert De Niro (now seventy-six), Al Pacino (seventy-nine) and Joe Pesci (seventy-six) to make the

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Rich world’s folly

The Rich Man’s HouseBy Andrew McGahan | Allen & Unwin | $32.99 | 608 pages Andrew McGahan completed The Rich Man’s House before those shocking photographs of mountaineers queueing to reach the summit of Mount Everest appeared, and he died before he could see television footage of the

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Being there

BrunyHeather Rose | Allen and Unwin | $32.99 | 424 pages In The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, prize-winning Indian writer Amitav Ghosh argued that the tropes of the modern novel can’t accommodate life in a climate-changed world. For Ghosh, the rules of fiction can’t be

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Off the map

The Economists’ Hour: False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Societyby Binyamin Appelbaum | Little, Brown | $32.99 | 448 pages “As things currently stand, the entire Swiss government nominal bond yield curve is in negative territory,” said Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe on 29 October. “Most

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