politics

Budget

We can’t expect the budget to be a perfect predictor of debt and deficits – not even one year ahead. But we should at least make sure we’re not conned by the treasurer, or commentators, writes Richard Holden.

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Dubious intelligence sharing and asylum seeker deals aside, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s visit to Iran is an important step in bringing the pariah state back into the international mainstream, writes Antony Billingsley.

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What will the NSW Premier be prepared to give away to secure the Upper House support of the Reverend Fred Nile, asks George Williams.

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Politicians wishing to run down their opponents in the eyes of the public are quick to level accusations of dishonesty. But these 'lies' aren't always what they seem, writes Mark Rolfe.

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If Abbott fails to hold on to leadership, history will record it was economics that did him in, writes Richard Holden.

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What are the economic implications for Australia if Malcolm Turnball replaced Joe Hockey as treasurer, ask Tim Harcourt and Richard Holden.

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The nation has been transfixed by the crisis over the Liberal leadership and hence prime ministership since Australia Day, write Tim Harcourt and Richard Holden.

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Constantly changing the law after media outcries over particular cases produces distortions in the law for short-term political gain, writes David Brown.

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A political leader always needs to judge when to push ahead of, and when to pull back to, public opinion, writes Mark Rolfe.

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It's possible that foreign aid might do a better job at buying influence and deterring aggression than spending $12 billion on new jet fighters, writes Adam Lockyer.

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