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Andrew Forrest

Behind Fortescue’s executive revolving door

In the cult of Andrew Forrest not all disciples who sign on can operate under this messianic leader or within its governance structure.

  • by Elizabeth Knight

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Shadow Assistant Treasurer Stuart Robert during a division in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 24 November 2022. fedpol Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

How do you enter the corridors of power? Maybe go via the backbench

MP Stuart Robert denies helping his connections secure government contracts, but leaked emails raise concerns about access to power.

  • by David Crowe
wine

Clock is ticking to get Victoria ready for Commonwealth Games

Initiatives such as double-laned roads in the Yarra Valley to help traffic flow will boost tourism and make Victoria a viable and popular destination.

  • by Paul Strickland
Slip, slop, slap in 2005

Why sunscreen should be free

The cost of sunscreen is exorbitant given it is an essential item for Australians. Why not provide it free for citizens of the nation that carries world’s highest skin cancer burden?

  • by Narayan Khanal
Fed chair Jerome Powell: The blistering series of hikes by the US central bank has led to a dollar surge that’s created great strain in financial markets.

What is next for interest rates? It just got more complicated

The US Fed has just sent a mixed message about the outlook for interest rates and it will have implications for the RBA and central banks around the world.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Former President Bill Clinton smiles as he signs autographs during an event to promote his new novel with author James Patterson, The President is Missing.

The crypto industry’s house of cards is tumbling down fast

One of the biggest questions of the FTX debacle is why were so many of the biggest names in business, politics and the media so willing to go along with the whole charade?

  • by Matthew Lynn
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Matthew Guy and Daniel Andrews at church, mosque, synagogue and temple.

Faith no more: Fewer Christians, but religion still haunts politics

Politics and religion have long been awkward partners in a secular state. The coming Victorian election is proving that falling numbers of Christians doesn’t mean political leaders are getting a break.

  • by Tony Wright
A broken Paul Simon cassette or unlimited streaming? Surprisingly, it’s a tough choice.

75 million songs to pick from? I crave the age of deprivation

A broken eject button and a stuck Paul Simon tape doesn’t sound like cause for nostalgia - but I think of it often and fondly.

  • by Tabitha Carvan
Prescriptions ready for dispensing.
Opinion
Healthcare

I’m a doctor who’ll trust pharmacists to diagnose

NSW and Victoria are indicating a move to give pharmacists more responsibility. Doctors should be part of this reform rather than dismiss it out of hand.

  • by Dr Nick Coatsworth
Chinese soldiers train at -20 degrees in Xinjiang. An air-sea strategy is vital, but wars are ultimately won on land.

Rudd is right – we can’t wish away a war with China

Australia needs to start thinking more deeply about the very real prospect of a war with China – and it must appreciate that Taiwan is only one potential trigger for conflict.

  • by Mick Ryan
J.K. Rowling.

Cancelled! But can we please still enjoy the art?

There’s a world of difference between bopping along to R. Kelly and sobering up in front of Harry Potter.

  • by Genevieve Novak
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Letters

Scattered voters lose democracy sausage spirit

Readers discuss the effect of COVID on the state election, and the integrity of Daniel Andrews and Matthew Guy.

It is a crime to breach a secrecy notice by telling anyone except a lawyer that you are under an IBAC cloud.

Rollercoaster election campaign has highlighted importance of integrity

Over the course of the campaign there have been donation scandals, a court injunction, questions about cash for political allies and accusations of political interference.

  • by Josh Gordon and Paul Sakkal
The Sunrise “family”: Natalie Barr, Samantha Armytage, David Koch, Mark Beretta and Edwina Bartholomew, March 2021.
Opinion
Racism

After #BLM, Aussie newsrooms became more white

Australia is all the richer for its cultural diversity, but you wouldn’t know that based on who gets to tell our stories.

  • by Antoinette Lattouf
Anti-corruption agencies are only part of the response to dealing with unacceptable behaviour.

Integrity reform necessary to restore trust in government

The politicisation of integrity processes means Victorians have no real confidence that power is being exercised in their interest.

  • by Catherine Williams
Labor needs to do better in boosting the powers of the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission.

Only one side of politics is pledging to improve state’s political integrity

Voters have a clear desire for greater accountability in politics, but Labor appears to have missed the message.

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Kylian Mbappe proved too much for the Socceroos too handle

How would Mbappe and co. have handled an ‘Ave a go, ya mug’ approach from Socceroos?

The Socceroos’ first 15 minutes was a sight to behold, but what transpired after that wasn’t anything to write home about.

  • by Peter FitzSimons
Comeback kid - Alan Joyce forecasts highest first half Qantas profit on record.
Opinion
Air travel

Traveller amnesia and pricey fares deliver Qantas its best ever profit

The travelling public’s willingness to forget the past and pay booming prices for tickets is responsible for a massive surge in Qantas’ revenue, cash flow and profit.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
Get the hint, Steve? This is not the time.

Call it the post-glacial period: women might finally get leave to be women

For too long it’s been secret women’s business in the workplace: crippling menstrual pain. At last there’s a movement to give us time off to hit the couch in our trackies and binge on Netflix and Tim Tams, but why stop there?

  • by Cherie Gilmour
The NDIS was never designed to be a welfare scheme but an investment.
Opinion
Disability

We should be proud of the NDIS, not fearful of costs

Focusing on cost “blowouts” misses the bigger picture around why the NDIS is a worthwhile investment and why it is important we get the scheme right.

  • by Helen Dickinson
Economists

The economic issues the federal government cannot ignore

From Philip Lowe to the OECD, major policy advisers have in recent days raised serious concerns about the future of the economy. Doing nothing is not an option.

  • by Shane Wright
The US Treasuries market is the most important market in the world,
Opinion
Bonds

Could the world’s most important market crash?

Traders have been concerned about the volatility and lack of liquidity in the US bond market this year, fearing the world’s key financial market might seize up and trigger a global financial crisis.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Attack ads run by the Labor and Liberal parties during the Victorian state election

Frack check: Sorting smear from truth as polls tighten and election mud flies

As the polls tighten and Victorians prepare for a potentially long election night to determine the make-up of our next government, the election mud is flying.

  • by Chip Le Grand
Kylian Mbappe leaves behind Australia’s Milos Degenek.

From fantasy to reality: The Socceroos get the bleus

Australia 1, France 0. It seemed too good to be true. And it was. France were silky, they were deadly, and they were a team to give you the blues.

  • by Greg Baum
When it comes to money, ‘doing nothing’ literally has a financial cost to it.

Why procrastinating is likely costing you thousands of dollars

Every year you don’t act on your finances, you are likely costing yourself tens of thousands of dollars in the long term.

  • by Paridhi Jain
Bitcoin is currently at around a two-year low.

Crypto ETFs shut down after investor demand cools

The flurry of launches of ETFs that track the prices of leading digital currencies has turned to closures in response to cooling investor demand.

  • by John Collett
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There is no way to get around the superannuation tax on higher-income earners, but you can take some consolation that it’s not even higher.

Can I avoid paying high-income tax on my super contributions?

There is no way to get around the superannuation tax on higher-income earners, but you can take some consolation that it’s not even higher.

  • by Noel Whittaker
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Aviation

Just one pilot in the cockpit? The Swiss Cheese model says no

Cockpits are full of alarms that sound when disaster is imminent. When I read of the push by some airlines for one-pilot cockpits, I was sure I could hear an alarm going off.

  • by David Evans

Why milk-and-honey economics should be taken with a grain of salt

Politicians can use economics for good, but unrealistic forecasts can lead to harsh policy realities.

  • by Danielle Wood
Former Liberal staffer Peta Credlin has used her roles with News Corp’s newspapers and Sky News to criticise the state Labor government.

Credibility suffers as election coverage lurches into political fantasy, propaganda

Victorians have been left in no doubt about which way some News Corp publications wants them to vote, but is this how news should be presented?

  • by Denis Muller
Black Friday has become bigger during the pandemic, but consumers  should not be blinded by the bargains and coaxed into over-spending
Analysis
Retail

Black Friday buyers warned to watch out for scams

Black Friday is a golden opportunity for scammers, with consumers warned to double-check every marketing email they receive.

  • by John Collett
Suzanne Shaylor is a primary school teacher, Samuel Terry Public School in Cranebrook in Western Sydney.

The choreographer turned teacher providing a stage for students

Sydney choreographer Suzanne Shaylor now teaches primary school students, who are encouraged to dance in front of audiences.

  • by Suzanne Shaylor
The leaders debate.

Gloves stay on in genteel debate, but masterful Andrews comes out on top

While appearing likeable, Guy at times seemed on edge and struggled to find the right words to sell his policies. Andrews’ incumbency meant he was more calm and confident.

  • by Annika Smethurst
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Letters

Messy outcomes loom after this hysterical campaign

Readers discuss Daniel Andrews, Matthew Guy and the Victorian election.

Biosecurity Queensland staff take samples from horses on a property in Mt Alford in 2011.
Analysis
Science

From flying foxes to horses, virus hunters fear Hendra cases might be missed

Potentially fatal Hendra virus appears much more wide-spread than we thought – and something is causing a dramatic change in the way our bats behave.

  • by Liam Mannix
Premier Daniel Andrews.

Housing is a key cost-of-living issue, and Labor has the slightly better offer

A state government with courage and imagination could reshape the housing environment. The policies presented at this election will not achieve that change.

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Increases in what we pay for energy, food, fuel and housing are hitting people hard. 

Cost-of-living pledges poorly targeted to help most needy

Too many election promises haven’t made the distinction between helping those in acute need and helping those who are merely stressed and inconvenienced.

  • by Emma King
Rupert Murdoch and his family have proposed to recombine Fox Corporation and News Corporation, after the two companies formally split in 2013.

‘Expensive, distracting’: Activist investor aims to scuttle Murdoch’s $39b megamerger

Irenic Capital is calling for News Corp to spin off its real estate assets including a 61 per cent stake in Australia’s REA Group, rather than putting the Murdoch empire’s businesses back together again.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
Andrew Redmayne is slinking into the background at the Qatar World Cup - just the way he likes it.

‘I’m in awe every day’: Why just being in Qatar is a win for the ‘Grey Wiggle’

A quick stroll through one of Doha’s many opulent shopping malls took Andrew Redmayne right back to his happy place. Anonymity.

  • by Vince Rugari

The job I’ve loved for 40 years is changing. Thank God

Change is coming. I feel it in my ageing bones. And what happened this week is proof.

  • by Jenna Price
Banks are competing fiercely for mortgage customers with lower loan-to-valuation ratios.
Analysis
Home loans

Why most first home buyers aren’t getting the lowest interest rates

As interest rates rise, banks are competing harder for borrowers who have a big deposit or plenty of equity in their homes.

  • by Clancy Yeates
Mariah Carey sings during a pre-tapong of The Christmas in Rockefeller Center Lighting Ceremony in New York, 2013

Mariah Carey deserves the Queen of Christmas TM she applied for

The US Patent Office may think otherwise, but Mariah Carey has every right to claim that Queen of Christmas tag as her own.

  • by Shona Hendley
Outgoing Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett.
Opinion
AFL 2023

Democracy is spreading through AFL clubs like wildfire, and some can’t handle it

The winds of democracy are blowing through the AFL world. Some people in clubland don’t seem to like what that may mean.

  • by Peter Ryan
The consequences of the price cap on Russian oil are uncertain for all parties.
Opinion
Oil

Russia’s oil clock is ticking down. How Putin reacts will affect us all

Tensions are rising and speculation abounds in oil markets as the G7 nations, and Australia, prepare to impose a price cap on Russian oil. The consequences of it are uncertain.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Bouquets of flowers sit on a corner near the site of a mass shooting at a gay bar in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Colorado Springs gay bar shooting comes amid backdrop of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric

This rampage has renewed fears of the potential connection between America’s weak gun laws and the homophobic discourse.

  • by Farrah Tomazin
Tim Cahill shoots his 2nd goal   during to put Australia into 3-1 lead over Japan at the 2006 Cup in Germany.

World Cup history bars the Socceroos. History, stand down!

History stands four-square in the Socceroos’ path. Four times out of five, they have lost their opening match in the World Cup, and four times they have failed to advance.

  • by Greg Baum
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Kenneth Hayne made 76 recommendations for sweeping reforms across the financial services industry.

$1bn left in the pot: Are you eligible for a royal commission refund?

Banks have now refunded billions of dollars as a result of the dodgy practices revealed by the Banking Royal Commission. But there’s more to be returned.

  • by Joel Gibson
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CBD

Promises, promises: Murdoch pledges ‘light and insight’

News Corp has been secretive about recent high-profile departures but its US-based boss pledged to shed light and off insight on other happenings.

  • by Noel Towell and Kishor Napier-Raman
Premier Daniel Andrews (left) and Opposition Leader Matthew Guy.

Hey big spenders: Tackling debt doesn’t seem to be either party’s priority

We find ourselves on the eve of a state election in which public debt is worrying a lot of Victorians, but the major parties are turning the other way and vowing to spend more.

  • by David Hayward

I intend to have a YOLO Christmas before we fall over a fiscal cliff

An extraordinary number of Australians are about to suffer severe “mortgage shock” in 2023 as they roll off ultra-low fixed interest rate loans.

  • by Jessica Irvine