Federal election

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For many, an attempted hack on Australian political parties seems to have come out of the blue. But cyber measures targeting Australian government infrastructure are the 'new normal'.

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Rates might need to be cut urgently, and because things are good. RBA Governor Philip Lowe has signalled he won't wait.

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Some media commentators are blaming the bizarre make-up of the Senate on uninformed voters, but new research paints a more complex and reassuring picture of the undecided voter, writes Edwina Throsby. 

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Tony Abbott deserves credit for understanding that now is not the time for a balanced budget crusade, writes Geoffrey Garrett. 

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As Rudd's popular support has dived over the past month, he's demonstrated he doesn't understand the importance of ideology in a democracy, writes Lindy Edwards. 

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Both major parties are in a race to the bottom about how best to shut down Australia as a place of refuge for people who take to the sea, writes Jane McAdam. 

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Vision and detail are relatively absent from all three major parties' education policies, write Kalervo Gulson and Shaun Rawolle. 

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No party has properly addressed the issue that women's experience of gender-blind systems like education, superannuation and aged-care, are shaped simply by the fact that they are women, writes Helen Hodgson. 

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Over the course of the 2013 federal election, we will experience a real time experiment into the degree of influence exerted by Rupert Murdoch on Australian political life, writes David McKnight. 

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With the federal election approaching, policies are needed that end funding uncertainties and consolidate investment in research, writes Merlin Crossley.

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