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Business Confidence High But Small Businesses Know There Is More Work To Be Done
18 January 2017

Business Confidence High But Small Businesses Know There Is More Work To Be Done

Today’s Sensis Small Business Index shows that small and medium businesses are more confident about the future than they have been since early 2010. However, the report also shows that small and medium sized enterprises want the Federal Government to reduce red tape and bureaucracy. “While small businesses are more confident than they have been in a long time, the
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Shinzo Abe’s Visit Remind Us What A Crucial Ally He Is To Australia
16 January 2017

Shinzo Abe’s Visit Remind Us What A Crucial Ally He Is To Australia

It is doubtful many Australians realise what a consequential leader Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been for Australia. During Abe’s first, truncated term as prime minister he and his Australian counterpart, John Howard, signed a bilateral Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation, paving the way for closer defence and security cooperation and a genuine strategic partnership. The two countries’ relationship
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Trump’s America
13 January 2017

Trump’s America

A Trump administration will be a net positive for the United States’ economy. Yes, restricting international trade will harm growth. But the ambitious agenda to cut corporate and income taxes, open up fossil-fuel production, deregulate financial markets, terminate Obama’s Executive Orders and rescind climate change agreements and renewable energy subsidies will unambiguously improve the US economy by making it more
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The Fetishisation Of The Expert
13 January 2017

The Fetishisation Of The Expert

Last month in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as US president, Julia Baird the host of ABC TV’s The Drum wrote a revealing article in The Sydney Morning Herald. She blamed the election result on things such as the public no longer believing in facts, a lack of trust in the media and “experts” being ignored. Baird despaired of
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A New Breed Of ‘Historian’
9 January 2017

A New Breed Of ‘Historian’

In the next few weeks, thousands of young Australians, having just finished 12 years of schooling, will be preparing themselves for what should be their first, exciting foray into higher education. Their minds should be expanded, their eyes opened to new ideas and concepts. Many of them will have applied to study history. It appears however, that if they don’t
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A Political Lesson For Australian Politics From Brexit And Trump
16 December 2016

A Political Lesson For Australian Politics From Brexit And Trump

In Reflections on the Revolution in France published in 1790, Edmund Burke concluded that “A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation”. That’s exactly what we learned in 2016. If the politicians won’t change the system, voters will change the politicians. The phenomena of Brexit and Donald Trump smashed the so-called political “centre”
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Censorship, Trigger Warnings And “Free Speech”: The National Union Of Students Meets
13 December 2016

Censorship, Trigger Warnings And “Free Speech”: The National Union Of Students Meets

This week the rabble that is the National Union of Students will hold their annual National Conference in Geelong at Deakin University. The conference, attended by “delegates” often elected by less than five percent of the student population, is dominated by a mixture of Labor factions, and further left independents such as the Grassroots left and Socialist Alternative. It is
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Green-Left Legerdemain Doesn’t Make Religion Relevant
8 December 2016

Green-Left Legerdemain Doesn’t Make Religion Relevant

It has long been obvious that the political agenda of some Catholic organisations and schools rest solidly within the Green-left advocacy model, particularly in its increasing reliance on identity politics. Noel Pearson has rightly highlighted the soft bigotry of many of these groups when he notes: “they need blacks to remain alienated from mothers bosoms, incarcerated in legions, leading short
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Key Lesson Is That A Bold Agenda Is Possible
6 December 2016

Key Lesson Is That A Bold Agenda Is Possible

The New Zealand prime minister is rightly being showered with praise from over this side of the Tasman. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Key’s resignation was “a great loss to New Zealand and a great loss to the world”. Tony Abbott congratulated Key for a “fine innings”. Key’s shock resignation yesterday comes with his three-term government, first elected in 2008,
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The New Iconoclasm
5 December 2016

The New Iconoclasm

Two anniversaries that fall in October, both important for lovers of western civilisation, highlight the new iconoclasm at the heart of modern western progressives. The first date is Columbus Day, which commemorates Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas on 12 October 1492.  The effective discovery of the Americas by Europeans is an obviously important event in Western history: for one
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