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Tony Abbott's use of the word "illegal" to describe asylum seekers shines a spotlight on the Opposition's feeble grasp of international law, writes Jane McAdam.

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Tax reform being called for by the Business Council of Australia can only happen if politics and vested interests are put aside, writes Dale Boccabella.

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Instead of opposing torture, Australia supported Guantanamo Bay and what occurred there, letting inaction and acquiescence speak on our behalf, writes George Williams.

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Scientia Professor Ross Buckley has been appointed to a new Chair in International Finance and Regulation to drive research into responses to global financial insecurity.

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In terms of economic legacy, did Thatcherism work? Or did Bob Hawke's strategy to "bring Australia together" achieve better outcomes, asks Tim Harcourt.

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If China acts clearly and forcefully to renounce North Korea's aggression, it will reap the rewards of a big increase in regional influence, writes Ross Buckley.

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The commonwealth and NSW governments' proposals regarding judges' remuneration packages raise the issue of public confidence in the consistency of quality throughout the court system, writes Andrew Lynch.

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The benefits of high-speed rail in Australia are illusory, and the scheme stands to be another white elephant, argues Peter Swan.

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In light of the upcoming G8 summit in Northern Ireland, the rationale for re-regulation of banking according to normative criteria has never been greater, argues Justin O'Brien.

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The Prime Minister's newly announced currency conversion deal with China is a good first step on the long march to seamless economic ties, writes Tim Harcourt.

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