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On the doorstep of 10 Downing Street this week, Prime Ministers Rudd and Brown claimed the G20 meeting in London to be ‘a decisive moment for the world economy’.
Our 25th issue caps the most frenetic fortnight of political activity in Australia since the 2007 federal election.
On 21 March, Queenslanders have a choice between a stale 11-year-old Labor government and the untested Liberal–National opposition led by Lawrence Springborg.
Last year, the official secretary to the governor-general, Malcolm Hazell CVO, gave a speech in Wagga Wagga to shed light on the governor-general’s role.
Telstra’s announcement last week that chief executive Sol Trujillo will depart in June put corporate governance in the spotlight.
Individual reactions to this month’s tragic loss of life and property in Victoria show the widespread sympathy Australians feel for their countrymen in a time of crisis, no matter how far removed they might be in practice.
Victorians are still picking over their charred possessions and adjusting to a life without their loved ones: a real Australian crisis.
Last weekend the rustic beauty of the Victorian bushland became a charcoal wasteland of suffering and despair.
Mr Bush’s departure from the White House has incited an unprecedented level of coruscating criticism.
On 24 January, Malcolm Turnbull launched the Liberal party’s first policy salvo of 2009, unveiling his response to the government’s emissions trading scheme (ETS).
‘Not since 1990 have Australians approached a Christmas so fearful and uncertain,’ we wrote just before Christmas last year.
Monday 26 January will mark 221 years to the day since the colony of New South Wales was established.
This year marks the centenary of Australia’s old age pension, and it has seen a 50 per cent increase in applications.
While 2008 will be remembered for its financial fireworks, 2009 will be about public policy debates: less memorable, maybe, but far more formative.
The Rudd government was elected in 2007 on the promise of industrial reform, or in our view, reaction.
The Spectator Australia wishes its readers a Happy Christmas
The final sitting of federal parliament for 2008 witnessed a flurry of legislative, even theatrical, activity — short-selling restrictions were codified, ‘fair’ workplace reforms were proposed, same-sex couples were accorded more consistent legal treatment, all amid accusations of ‘humiliating backflips’ and opposition feline displays.
The Australian states have never raised enough money to pay for their natural constitutional chores — they vacated the field of direct income taxation in 1942, and their indirect ‘franchise fees’ on alcohol, tobacco and petrol were branded ‘excise’ duties by the High Court in 1997, and struck down.
Prime Minister Rudd ends his first year in office on a high, literally and figuratively.
When the Prime Minister outlined his industry policy in the run-up to the November 2007 federal election — ‘I don’t want to be leader of a country that doesn’t make things any more’ — some feared an increase in industry subsidies.
While the world has been fixated by the United States’ historic presidential election, a more modest nation has voted for change.
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