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The Australian economy is in need of some medicine

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The Australian economy is in need of some medicine

In terms of some hard numbers, Australia should ideally be recording real economic growth a little above three percent, on average, over the course of the business cycle. 

Suboptimal solution could sink shipbuilding industry

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Suboptimal solution could sink shipbuilding industry

Few things unite our major political parties in South Australia. An exception is the threat that Australia’s next generation of submarines might be built offshore.

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.

Political firestorm unleashed by Australian budget

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Political firestorm unleashed by Australian budget

The crisis we face in Australia is not a budgetary one but a moral one as the foundations of the Australian settlement come under attack

Letter From Europe

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Letter From Europe

As I watched events unfold in Ukraine during the last three months, I couldn't help but dwell on something President Putin said in 2006

Jay4SA and the Marshall Plan

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Jay4SA and the Marshall Plan

This month’s State Election has all the makings of a close contest.

Joe Hockey: Treasury or Trickery?

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Joe Hockey: Treasury or Trickery?

In the move to a budget surplus, how much is Joe Hockey’s prowess as Treasurer and how much is trickery?

Investment in Smart Growth the Key

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Investment in Smart Growth the Key

South Australia must compete on quality rather than cost in order to drive high living standards for all in the 21st century.

Comment: Alexander Downer’s Rewrite of History

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Comment: Alexander Downer’s Rewrite of History

Alexander Downer's recent article in The Adelaide Review is a very telling example of what we have seen in the past and what we will see more frequently in the…

Letter from Timor Leste

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Letter from Timor Leste

In my nearly twelve years as foreign minister there were few issues I dealt with which were more contentious than East Timor.

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