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No wonder MPs are confused about security laws

| Chris Berg
The Drum 28th October, 2014

I have a fair amount of sympathy for Anthony Albanese. Sure, his intervention in the national security debate came nearly a fortnight late. When...

Abbott must learn from Whitlam

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 24th October, 2014

For a failed prime minister, Gough Whitlam was remarkably successful. In 2012, a year before the election of the Coalition government, the cover of...

The ABC debate: we have Mamamia and BuzzFeed, we don't need the ABC anymore

| James Paterson
Crikey 24th October, 2014

The arguments for a publicly funded ABC are weaker today than they ever have been. If there ever were a persuasive case for a lavishly...

IBA climate report's 'safe environment' right is a war on democracy

Climate Change | Simon Breheny
The Australian 24th October, 2014

Climate change activists have lost the public debate and now seek to push their radical agenda outside of democratic processes. The International...

The WHO has failed the Ebola disaster

| Chris Berg
The Drum 21st October, 2014

What is the point of elaborate and expensive international bureaucracies if they are unable to deal with cross-border crises? The United Nations'...

ANU divestment a failure of ethics

Economics & Deregulation and Education | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 18th October, 2014

The Australian National University divesting its resources stocks is a short-sighted decision which, if replicated widely, could greatly harm our...

Book review: Triumph and Demise lifts curtain on Rudd and Gillard governments

| Tom Switzer
The Sydney Morning Herald 16th October, 2014

Paul Kelly's work as editor-at-large at The Australian is distinguished by his usually rigorous political analysis and sound historical judgments....

ANU simply playing politics with investments

Economics & Deregulation and Education | Sinclair Davidson
The Drum 15th October, 2014

The Australian National University's decision to adopt socially responsible investment criteria for managing its $1 billion investment portfolio...

National curriculum: written, but not designed

Education | Chris Berg
The Drum 14th October, 2014

Does the national curriculum even exist? Much press coverage of the Abbott Government's review of the national curriculum has focused on the...

Interest rate tweaks won't manufacture animal spirits

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 10th October, 2014

The economy is not a washing machine. To make it work you can't just press buttons and turn dials. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb wrote in 2012 in...