Bright and early last Wednesday morning the ABC published two articles by its chief economics correspondent Emma Alberici. Each of them strongly criticised the Turnbull government’s corporate tax cut, which faces a less than enthusiastic Senate. Both articles enjoyed roaring circulation on the internet via social media; both were leapt on by the Labor opposition during question time.
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Closing the Gap, the annual report card on Indigenous Australia, is perhaps best known because its findings don’t change much from year to year. A welcome exception to that pattern is schools, where we do seem to be closing gaps — or at least lifting the average test performances of Indigenous students.
On Friday, Barnaby Joyce put the gloves back on. After long days of morose self-flagellation, the deputy prime minister sprang up and about, doing what he does best: lashing opponents with those considerable verbal skills. Only this time the attack was directed at his senior partner and prime minister. Still, it must have felt good to be back on the front foot, seizing the day, marshalling the troops.
The world’s capital of country music is embroiled in a controversy that could easily be set to three banjo chords. Deep down south in Nashville, Tennessee, the city’s mayor is in the midst of a sex scandal.
The married mayor, it seems, had an affair with the married head of the mayor’s security detail. Not surprisingly, the mayor is now under pressure to resign. And irregularities in travel arrangements could yet bring this about.
Just six weeks into 2018 and it is already obvious that Donald Trump’s new year resolutions didn’t include making any positive changes in his behaviour and approach to government. He continues to tweet policy pronouncements and commentaries based on information gleaned from his favourite media outlets rather than official briefings and memoranda.
The Batman by-election puts the Greens back into the political spotlight. With so many parties in our parliaments now, they had largely slipped from sight. But if conventional wisdom is right, they are about to change the momentum of Australian politics by taking a seat from Labor.
The Victorian Liberals have been in what my mother would call “the wars” in recent years. First, they were booted from Spring Street after just one term in office — something that had not occurred in the Garden State for half a century. Then it was discovered that the party’s state director, Damien Mantach, had been defrauding the party of much-needed campaign dollars during 2014 — 1.55 million of them, in fact.
Asia’s future peace and plenty are a fiendishly complex trillion-dollar conundrum that can be stated very simply: who rules, and who will write the rules?
The intersection of jazz and poetry is as old as jazz itself. English and American poets of the early twentieth century — poets as different as Mina Loy and Langston Hughes — incorporated the rhythms of the new music in their work, while T.S. Eliot invented “that Shakespeherian Rag” for The Waste Land (“It’s so elegant, / So intelligent”). In the 1950s, free verse and free jazz went hand in hand, the Beats barely distinguishing between the two art forms.
The latest bout of global financial market turbulence has been prompted by the release of data showing that average hourly earnings of American workers had risen by 2.9 per cent over the twelve months to January, the largest annual increase in nine years.