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The lobbying scourge

The lobbying scourge

Lobbying is about winning political favours that corrupt markets and prevent open competition. Image: Wikimedia Commons The major obstacle to lobbying reform is that for members of parliament, their staff and senior officials, lobbying provides a very lucrative income when they leave parliament, the military or the public service. So
On cognitive dissonance, and courage

On cognitive dissonance, and courage

I have flashes of climate grief, recognition in photographic bursts: Pakistani cotton farmers walking through knee-deep water trying to salvage a few white puffs of income off blackened plants; precious graves of ancestors being inundated by the sea in Fiji, the Torres Strait Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Samoa, the Marshall Islands;
Flawed democracies: Modi, Trump, and a dilemma

Flawed democracies: Modi, Trump, and a dilemma

Is democracy spawning elected autocracies? In 2024, a tale of two much-vaunted yet internationally ranked “flawed democracies” is unfolding. The outcomes of their national elections—India in June and the US in November—will test the mettle of the democratic institutions that underpin their governance systems. In the lead-up to these pivotal
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We recognise the First Peoples of this nation and their ongoing connection to culture and country. We acknowledge First Nations Peoples as the Traditional Owners, Custodians and Lore Keepers of the world's oldest living culture and pay respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Senator Wong’s speech a good step but more must be done to halt Israel’s assault on Gaza

Senator Wong’s speech a good step but more must be done to halt Israel’s assault on Gaza

The Jewish Council of Australia today welcomed Australia’s foreign affairs minister, Senator Penny Wong’s speech overnight which signaled a shift in the Australian Government’s otherwise steadfast support for Israel and its actions. Along with voicing frustration at the lack of progress on peace, Senator Wong urged Israel to comply with

The lobbying scourge

The lobbying scourge
Lobbying is about winning political favours that corrupt markets and prevent open competition. Image: Wikimedia Commons The major obstacle to lobbying reform is that for members of parliament, their staff and senior officials, lobbying provides a very lucrative income when they leave parliament, the military or the public service. So

On cognitive dissonance, and courage

On cognitive dissonance, and courage
I have flashes of climate grief, recognition in photographic bursts: Pakistani cotton farmers walking through knee-deep water trying to salvage a few white puffs of income off blackened plants; precious graves of ancestors being inundated by the sea in Fiji, the Torres Strait Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Samoa, the Marshall Islands;

Flawed democracies: Modi, Trump, and a dilemma

Flawed democracies: Modi, Trump, and a dilemma
Is democracy spawning elected autocracies? In 2024, a tale of two much-vaunted yet internationally ranked “flawed democracies” is unfolding. The outcomes of their national elections—India in June and the US in November—will test the mettle of the democratic institutions that underpin their governance systems. In the lead-up to these pivotal

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We recognise the First Peoples of this nation and their ongoing connection to culture and country. We acknowledge First Nations Peoples as the Traditional Owners, Custodians and Lore Keepers of the world's oldest living culture and pay respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

Senator Wong’s speech a good step but more must be done to halt Israel’s assault on Gaza

Senator Wong’s speech a good step but more must be done to halt Israel’s assault on Gaza
The Jewish Council of Australia today welcomed Australia’s foreign affairs minister, Senator Penny Wong’s speech overnight which signaled a shift in the Australian Government’s otherwise steadfast support for Israel and its actions. Along with voicing frustration at the lack of progress on peace, Senator Wong urged Israel to comply with