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Why the Federal Budget is a textbook policy dilemma

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imageA textbook conundrum: stoke an economy or pay down debt?Alan Porritt/AAP

A standard principle in economic policy-making is that if you have only one tool, then you cannot achieve two distinct objectives.

The problem for prime minister Tony Abbott is, in fact, even worse: he has one tool to pursue two objectives that are not just distinct, but even...

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Australia's 'five pillar economy': education

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imageEducation is a central economic pillar, but of greater importance is its contribution to our society. Flickr/Bb Inthavong, CC BY-NC-ND

In his 2013 election campaign, Tony Abbott promised his government would build a world-class “five pillar economy”, encompassing manufacturing, agriculture, services, education and mining. Two years...

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Chan and Sukumaran are victims of the futile war on drugs

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imageAustralia’s politicians were unable to save Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan from a firing squad in Indonesia.AAP/Mick Tsikas

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are the victims of an ill-conceived war. On Tuesday night, the two convicted Australian drug traffickers were executed by firing squad in Indonesia. They have become the latest victims...

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Delivering the rail links Western Sydney needs

The Morrison and Berejiklian Governments will ensure the Western Sydney International (Nancy Bird Walton) Airport has a metro rail line in time for its opening.   The Prime Minister said his Gover...

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Nancy-Bird Walton immortalised at Western Sydney Airport

Australia’s biggest aviation project will honour one of the nation’s trailblazing stars of the sky.   The $5.3 billion Western Sydney Airport will officially become Western Sydney International (N...

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Psychologist’s 8 tactics to build resilience in the workplace

A clinical psychologist from Wesley Hospital has identified low resilience as a major factor impacting the mental and physical wellbeing of employees. He is calling for more awareness around the nee...

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Intense Growth As Car Next Door Launch Capital Raise

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How two 30-year old’s made 4 million in 2 years with coffee

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Older generation Australians are embracing solo travel

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Fun Things You Must Do In Perth

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