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Third Age: How to Make a Nation Unhappy

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Third Age: How to Make a Nation Unhappy

The world has moved on since June 11… a couple of new moons, new threats, disasters and fears.

Greenspace: More Beer and Civilisation

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Greenspace: More Beer and Civilisation

Biotechnology’s Debt to Beer

Work for the Dole – A Myopic Policy Failure?

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Work for the Dole – A Myopic Policy Failure?

It is a tragedy that Work for the Dole has become the centerpiece of the Australian Government’s employment policy.

Irregular Writings: Neighbours - A Rough Primer

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Irregular Writings: Neighbours - A Rough Primer

If Neighbours dropped off your radar at some point, the nearest reference point to tune in again would be the fact that there is a character called Daniel (played by…

Modern Times: Politics: symphony or hypocrisy?

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Modern Times: Politics: symphony or hypocrisy?

I recently had the opportunity to experience the Australian Chamber Orchestra playing Mahler and Sibelius at the Adelaide Town Hall.

Gender Pay Gap – Time For a Revolution?

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Gender Pay Gap – Time For a Revolution?

The gender pay gap remains entrenched above 17 percent despite 45 years of legislation dictating equal pay for equal work in Australia.

Work for the Dole a Band-Aid solution

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Work for the Dole a Band-Aid solution

The Abbott Government’s proposal for a work for the dole scheme is yet another win for economic zealotry over proven policy reform.

South Australia’s Unemployment Threat

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South Australia’s Unemployment Threat

The recent sharp rise in the South Australian unemployment rate to 7.4 percent has set alarm bells ringing. Fears that unemployment will continue to rise are well founded.

Greenspace: Aloe beyond vera

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Greenspace: Aloe beyond vera

Some years ago I owned up to being a cactophile in this column – while perhaps more technically correct, at that time, I couldn’t quite come out as a succulentophile.

Third Age: Modest Proposals

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Third Age: Modest Proposals

The reasonable time for talking about grandchildren is 10 minutes. Keep it to that and you have a no-lose situation.

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