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Vale Milan Kundera: His remarkable work explored Oppression, Inhumanity – and the absurdity of being Human

Jen Webb, University of Canberra Milan Kundera, that remarkable novelist, essayist, poet, philosopher and political critic, has died at the age of 94. It feels too soon, perhaps because in everything he wrote, he opened up new ways of thinking,… Continue Reading →

Going Down: The Six Graphs that Show Australia’s Economic Growth Shrinking

John Hawkins, University of Canberra The latest national accounts tell us Australia’s economy grew by just 0.2% in the three months to March. It’s the weakest growth since the economy shrank during the COVID lockdowns, and, before that, the weakest… Continue Reading →

Former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating lashes Albanese government over AUKUS, calling it Labor’s biggest failure since WW1

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra Former Prime Minister Paul Keating has launched a swingeing attack on the Labor government over the AUKUS submarine agreement, accusing Anthony Albanese of relying on “two seriously unwise ministers, Penny Wong and Richard Marles”. Keating… Continue Reading →

Failed Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison Should Leave Parliament: The Best of 2022.

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra. Liberal frontbencher Karen Andrews wouldn’t be alone among her colleagues in believing Scott Morrison should quit parliament. Andrews, home affairs minister in the former government, on Tuesday declared the Australian people were “betrayed” by Morrison’s… Continue Reading →

Australia’s COVID response was ‘overreach’ and Worsened Existing Inequalities, according to Independent Review

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra Australia’s response to COVID-19 exacerbated existing inequalities within the society, according to an independent review, which urges that “overreach” be avoided in dealing with future such crises. Those bearing “the brunt” of the pandemic included… Continue Reading →

Swathed in Scandal, former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison Reverts to Type

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra. One of the more bizarre things Scott Morrison said in his hour-long, sometimes combative, Wednesday news conference was that he’d had a “wonderful” conversation with former Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Tuesday. Morrison contacted Frydenberg… Continue Reading →

Australian Inflation hasn’t been higher for 32 years. What now?

John Hawkins, University of Canberra Inflation jumped from 5.1% to a new long-term high of 6.1% in the June quarter, a rate matched only by short-lived jump caused by the introduction of the goods and services tax, and not exceeded… Continue Reading →

Stellar first week for Australia’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese but tough months ahead

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra. Anthony Albanese had expected the election might be a week earlier than it was, because last Saturday would bump up against Tuesday’s Quad meeting in Tokyo. But Scott Morrison wanted maximum time to try to… Continue Reading →

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