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When You Reduce Emissions By Preferring Your Own Milkshake!

Apparently, Scott Morrison couldn’t be heard when he was addressing the other leaders at  the climate summit last night. While some suggested it was a clever ploy by Morrison to hide the fact that he had nothing to say, others blamed it on a technical glitch. Matt Canavan suggested that

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‘Handballed our conflict’ to the Parliament, employer group says

Disagreement among employer groups over industrial relations reforms has left stakeholders ‘disappointed’ and ‘bruised’, after the government failed to pass enterprise bargaining laws. The post ‘Handballed our conflict’ to the Parliament, employer group says appeared first on The Mandarin.

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Scott Morrison v the world

Good morning, early birds. Scott Morrison continues to avoid setting new emissions targets despite a historic pledge by Joe Biden to halve US emissions by 2030, and national cabinet has

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Vital Signs: the pros and cons of diversity in organisations

Rawpixel.com/ShutterstockBreaking down the old boys’ club in business, government and other organisations is intrinsically important. Ensuring greater diversity in organisations – on gender, racial, ethnic and other lines – is, simply put, the right thing to do. But some advocates of greater diversity make an extra claim: that

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The Five Eyes does not have our back.

It is risible to see the Australian Foreign Minister setting off to New Zealand to pull the Kiwis into line over their lack of support for attempts by the so-called Five Eyes of Anglo Saxon countries to pressure China. This is the very same Australian Foreign Minister who one year

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How do we show true respect for the Anzacs?

First things first: let us remember and respect all those lost forever to the juggernaut of war, and all those crushed by it who still live with the trauma. But what does it mean to be truly respectful of our ‘Anzacs’? Should we focus unwaveringly on military achievement, or

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Media in the Asian Century: Belting Victoria

The federal press gallery continues to give the Morrison government a free ride on its handling of foreign policy. There was no sign of any hard questioning of foreign minister Marise Payne about why she focussed on Victoria in her first application of the government’s new veto powers over

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Pipped at the Post: How the government tried to sell Australia Post

Parliamentary privilege is far more than a means of protecting politicians from being sued for what they say in parliamentary proceedings. It is a powerful tool for any Australian seeking to hold governments to account. By giving evidence under privilege to a Senate committee, former Australia Post CEO

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AWM needs lessons in democracy

While fine and solemn words about our democratic values and freedoms will be uttered from the Australian War Memorial (AWM) on Anzac Day, behind the scenes the institution is engaging in processes that treat with contempt our right to help shape the important decisions that affect us all. 

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Progress on Australia-EU-UK trade talks

Dan Tehan may well come to regret the timing of his swing through Europe to try and reignite interest in trade deals between Australia and the European Union and the United Kingdom. There has seldom been a week in April when the political agenda right across Europe is so full

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Numbers returning from India cut because of increase in quarantine cases

The number of people allowed to return from India is to be reduced, as new restrictions are imposed on Australian citizens and permanent residents seeking to come from COVID “high risk” countries. With COVID surging in India, the cases in quarantine among people arriving from India have risen significantly. On

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Australia’s longest war is within its own shores

War in the Middle East has often been referred to as Australia’s longest war. But is this genuinely the truth? My whole life I have been exposed to people from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations who have used those same words to describe the effects of colonisation. As

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