Editorial

As families throughout Australia have come together over the recent month to celebrate the festive season, many would have been sharing countless stories about how they are doing it tough and trying to make ends meet.

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The Obama (Existential) Threat

Recent events in the Middle East and North Africa have shown little encouragement to the notion that stability is returning to the region after the so-called Arab Spring.

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The Obama (Existential) Threat

Taking Offence

For the tens of thousands of law-abiding, peaceful Muslims who call Australia home, the recent outbreak of violence in Sydney must have been disheartening. Even though commentators were quick to point out that most people of the Islamic faith in Australia are peaceful, nonetheless these events leave a pall over their entire community.

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Taking Offence

Reflections from New Zealand

I want to discuss my approach to politics, what drives me, and what the Government I lead in New Zealand has been doing.

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Reflections from New Zealand

Strengthening Families and Rewarding Work

Almost 200 years ago, the intrepid Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville, sailed to the United States to observe a new form of government. Tocqueville’s prescient observations contained much praise about the democratic experiment unfolding before his eyes, but they also contained warnings.

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Strengthening Families and Rewarding Work

The Challenge Ahead for Defence

The funding cuts to Defence announced in the May Budget were so appalling that even Australia’s greatest ally and friend in the United States publicly gave the Gillard Government a dressing down.

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The Challenge Ahead for Defence

Nanny State Perversity

When governments make laws to protect us from ourselves, one of the greatest risks is that the unintended consequences of the policy are worse than the original harm. When these perverse consequences are greater than the original problem, its time for Government to reconsider its role.

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Nanny State Perversity

Lifting Education Standards

Workplace relations is clearly another policy failure of the Rudd/Gillard Government. The economic damage caused by this failure is becoming more apparent as each week passes.

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Lifting Education Standards

Australia’s Near and Important Neighbour

It was the eighteenth century American polymath Benjamin Franklin whose quote ‘well done is better than well said’ conveyed best what we all know.

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Australia’s Near and Important Neighbour

Editorial

Australia may be isolated geographically from the rest of the world—‘the tyranny of distance’—but the consequences of policy decisions abroad and our relationships with other nations have a profound effect on our way of life.

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