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There are benefits in seeking advice from outsiders but governments can't put off decisions forever. All governments and oppositions have their heads in a wet paper bag at times trying to work out how they should deal with a difficult issue or a j
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To what extent should the wealthy parts of Australia cross-subsidise other regions in the country? The release of the Vertigan Review of broadband has prompted an important discussion after it found that removing cross subsidies outside urban area
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Former Treasurer Wayne Swan has recently taken to suggesting the Coalition is the mirror image of the Republican Party in the United States. Trying to equate the cousin parties is quite a strain when you consider matters like gun control, abortion an
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Alastair Furnival’s downfall shone light on the heavy political links of Big Food lobbyists. Michael Moore is only too happy to give credit where it's due. And after Australia’s food ministers finally, decisively gave their support to a new
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If all the world’s a stage, then in 6 months’ time Brisbane will be the new Hollywood, with an A-list cast of world government 'who’s who' walking our red carpet. The stars will include leaders, finance ministers and central bank governors f
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With ICAC hearings shifting the focus on Arthur Sinodinos, here are five things you won't know about the Assistant Treasurer and former adviser to John Howard. ... "Artie” could always make John Howard laugh, which was a notable skill, s
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Prime Minister Tony Abbott's insistence that Australia is ''open for business'' is being embraced by lobbyists, with dozens of the biggest companies having signed up to Coalition-aligned influence peddlers already this year for representation in Canb
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As we reach the half-way point of the Newman Government’s first term, it’s worth evaluating what renovations have been undertaken in Queensland since taking the helm. Like our State’s famous ‘Old Queenslanders’ - a unique and distinctive
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ONE of the contenders for the seat of Fairfax on the Sunshine Coast has a track record of completing multi-million-dollar deals in Asia; the other is Clive Palmer. ... His Liberal National Party opponent, Ted O'Brien, will stay on the coffee ru
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Grahame Morris has become the most powerful lobbyist in Canberra. The client list for lobbyist Barton Deakin, of which Mr Morris is federal director, has grown by more than 200 per cent in the past fortnight, simply because it is so closely aligne
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