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  • AUSTRALIA

    Iraq's Asia Cup victory hides reality of ungovernable society

    • Scott Stephens
    • 08 August 2007
    5 Comments

    The press coverage of Iraq’s surprise victory in the Asian Cup final was — as Ernst Bloch might have put it — full of utopian sentiment. The win was, admittedly, a remarkable achievement, but one that hardly accounted for the sheer exuberance of the outpoured emotion that followed.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Make foolish haste while the Treasurer smiles through gritted teeth

    • Michael Mullins
    • 08 August 2007

    Opinion polls suggest the ALP's "me too" strategy is enhancing their electibility. But in the end, Australians may just stick with the devil they know. "It's time" may have worked for Gough Whitlam, but only time will tell whether "Kevin 07" will do the same for Kevin Rudd.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    When governments stop listening to advice

    • Jack Waterford
    • 08 August 2007
    3 Comments

    Interviewed a year ago for the biography John Winston Howard, Treasurer Peter Costello complained about the Government's binge spending. Since then, the PM has committed many billions more, and given every indication the pace of spending will increase enormously between now and the election.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Iraq's overlooked political factions

    • Dan Read
    • 08 August 2007

    The Iraq situation is a lot more complex than a simple standoff between western democracy and political Islam. Until this is understood, a viable solution that takes Iraq towards genuine democracy and self government is impossible.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Mersey Hospital fix sets scene for wider turmoil

    • Francis Sullivan
    • 08 August 2007

    The Prime Minister's decision to take over funding of Devonport's Mersey Hospital seems to fly in the face of rational analysis of service delivery capacity of the area. It does not set a promising precedent for the health planning prowess on the part of the Commonwealth.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Polling whether politicians should go to heaven

    • Clive Hamilton
    • 08 August 2007
    13 Comments

    The results of the Australia's Institute's recent polling on the question reflect more than simple political judgments. While the Prime Minister seems to work hard at signalling his Christian beliefs, his moral standing appears tarnished by a widespread view that he is 'mean and tricky'. 

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Lifelong friends at first sight

    • Chris Fotinopoulos
    • 08 August 2007

    Friendship and family are invariably mentioned in the same breath. Although most parents expect their children to trust family ahead of friends, children tend to place greater faith in friends, who are more likely to ‘allow them to breathe’.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The disappearing distinction between Labor and Coalition welfare policy

    • Philip Mendes
    • 25 July 2007

    The ALP has historically been committed to government intervention in the free market to promote a fairer distribution of income. However, since Hawke and Keating, the ALP moved towards a free market agenda focusing on the alleviation of poverty rather than structural change.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Political opinion polls matter

    • John Warhurst
    • 25 July 2007
    1 Comment

    Much of the flesh of an election year grows on a skeleton made up of public opinion polls. But  they are only as good as the interpretation that accompanies them. Sometimes commentators see only what they want to see.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Great leaders love their teams

    • Chris Lowney
    • 25 July 2007
    1 Comment

    Eric Shinseki was the highest ranking US military officer in the United States until he ran afoul of his boss, former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsel. He had told a Congressional hearing that the US Army would more soldiers to Iraq than planned, to keep the peace Saddam Hussein's removal.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Trust comes at a price, but it's money well spent

    • Michael Mullins
    • 25 July 2007
    2 Comments

    Federal Water Resources Minister Malcolm Turnbull must expect to spend big in winning the trust of the recalcitrant Victorian irrigators. WIthout their hearts and minds, the Federal Government's $10.5 billion Murray-Darling rescue strategy is doomed to failure.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Let's share the burden of overcoming Muslim extremism

    • Saeed Saeed
    • 25 July 2007
    3 Comments

    Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer said recently: "Muslim extremists are a Muslim issue - not ours." The fault with this view is that it transfers ownership of this challenge from the elected leaders to a minority group who simply don’t have the resources to deal with such a global crisis.

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