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Who is Antony Blinken, Biden's pick for secretary of state?

US Secretary of State-designate Antony Blinken promises both awkwardness and opportunity for Australia’s Morrison government. Blinken could hardly represent a more striking contrast with h...

Officials' engagement with China especially important in tense times: Morrison

Scott Morrison has encouraged federal public servants to engage with their Chinese counterparts, saying these are important connections particularly given the tensions in the bilateral relati...

Two views on increasing the super contribution

The increase in the compulsory superannuation contribution, legislated to rise next July from 9.5% to 10%, is being fiercely debated following the release of the retirement income report.[1] ...

Thailand at a critical juncture with pro-democracy protesters again set to clash with police

AAP/AP/Kydpl KyodoThroughout 2020, there have been vocal and highly visible protests in Thailand against the government of Prayut Chan-o-cha, who led the 2014 coup against the government of Yingl...

Bad reactions to the COVID vaccine will be rare, but Australians deserve a proper compensation scheme

John Cairns/AP/AAPThis week brings more good news on the vaccination front, with reports that yet another COVID-19 vaccine trial has produced encouraging results. According to the federal governm...

'Virtual' ALP national conference will maximise stage management

The Labor party will hold its national conference “virtually”, before Easter next year, Anthony Albanese has announced. The conference had been due to happen in Canberra next month but w...

NSW law reform report misses chance to institute 'yes means yes' in sexual consent cases

ShutterstockThe New South Wales Law Reform Commission has released its recommendations for reform of the state’s sexual consent laws.After a process lasting more than two-and-a-half years, ...

Is Trump's truculence an attempted coup or the last-ditch efforts of a man whose star is fading?

US President Donald Trump’s time in the White House is coming to an end. But, as has become obvious over the past few weeks, he is unlikely to deliver a gracious concession speech. Instead...

World

Who is Antony Blinken, Biden's pick for secretary of state?

US Secretary of State-designate Antony Blinken promises both awkwardness and opportunity for Australia’s Morrison government. Blinken could hardly represent a more striking contrast with his soon-to-be predecessor Mike Pomp...

Data from 45 countries show containing COVID vs saving the economy is a false dichotomy

ShutterstockThere is no doubt the COVID-19 crisis has incurred widespread economic costs. There is understandable concern that stronger measures against the virus, from social distancing to full lockdowns, worsen its impact on ec...

Times Business

Data from 45 countries show containing COVID vs saving the economy is a false dichotomy

ShutterstockThere is no doubt the COVID-19 crisis has incurred widespread economic costs. There is understandable concern that stronger measures against the virus, from social distancing to full...

From here on our recovery will need more than fiscal policy, it'll need redistribution

From the 1980s right through to the global financial crisis, the standard response in Australia and elsewhere to too weak or too strong an economy has been monetary policy[1] — the manipula...

NZ needs a plan to help migrant workers pick fruit and veg, or prices will soar and farms go bust

www.shutterstock.comThe COVID border restrictions might be saving lives but they’re also threatening the livelihoods of New Zealand farmers, unless a way can be found to allow Pacific Islan...

So you think economic downturns cost lives? Our findings show they don't

Dmitry Kalinovsky/ShutterstockThroughout the coronavirus recession we’ve been told there’s a balancing act when it comes to lives. On one hand, lockdowns save lives by limiting the sp...

Pacific tourism is desperate for a vaccine and travel freedoms, but the industry must learn from this crisis

www.shutterstock.comNews of successful COVID-19 vaccine trials has raised hopes in the Pacific that the hard-hit tourism industry will begin to re-open in 2021.Even before the vaccine announcemen...

Hating on the Woodville Pizza guy won't fix a problem that was entirely foreseeable

ShutterstockOver the course of a single week South Australia was plunged into one of the world’s strictest, and briefest, lockdowns.The drama, estimated to have cost the state’s econo...

News of the collapse of the Grocon empire is greatly exaggerated

Grocon, the Australian construction empire that grew from the family concreting business started by Luigi Grollo in Melbourne in 1948, is on its last legs.But Grocon, the privately held property ...

Axing stamp duty is a great idea, but NSW is going about it the wrong way

jannoon028/ShutterstockIn tax design as in many endeavours, it’s easy to work out how things should be; harder to work out how to get there.In NSW, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet wants to repl...

Politics

ASEAN Australia Virtual Summit

PRIME MINISTER: Well thank you very much, Prime Minister Phúc, and thank you to your Excellencies and Your Majesty for the opportunity for Australia to join with you today, our ASEAN frien...

Prime Minister's interview with Allison Langdon, Today

ALLISON LANGDON: A very good morning to you, PM. There is lots to get to this morning. But first, as we just heard from Karl, it's a day for us all to reflect and remember those we lost. ...

Prime Minister Interview with David Koch

DAVID KOCH: Prime Minister Scott Morrison joins me now from Canberra. Prime Minister, I appreciate your time this morning.  KOCH: Big night of the Budget.  PRIME MINISTER: Good morning ...

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