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the war on whistleblowers – it’s come to Australia …..
Some of Tony Abbott's most controversial speeches have been airbrushed from Coalition history since the election, including a 2009 speech in which he backed a carbon tax, and a 2004 speech in which he described abortion as ''a question of the mother's convenience''.
Discovering the Power of People’s History – and Why it is Feared Today
State governments are guaranteed less than 20 per cent of the funding promised under the schools deal ripped up by the Abbott government, the Australian Education Union says.
The federal government said last week it would honour only one year of the school funding agreement, and allocate $230 million in 2014 to states that did not sign up to the scheme.
A temporary treaty fix - designed to unlock a huge gas field for Woodside Petroleum - has expired. This could unravel decades of Australia’s scheming both with its tiny new neighbour Timor-Leste and its largest, Indonesia.
from foreign policy
American Foreign Policy in the Age of Leaks
Inequality can be social, economic and democratic, but at its heart it is about the exercise of power, who has it and who doesn't, writes Tim Dunlop.
Trade Ministers from the 12 TPP countries will meet in Singapore on December 7-9 to make decisions about the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).
Australia has recalibrated its position on Israel and Palestine to ensure only "balanced" UN resolutions receive its support, says Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.
These are the notes for a talk I am doing on the corruption that is capitalism on Thursday 21 November at 6 pm in room W108 at Baldessin Building ANU in Canberra.
From his first campaign for the White House, President Obama has vowed to end more than a decade of war, bring the troops home and put America on a less militaristic footing. He has reduced the forces in Afghanistan from about 100,000 in 2010 to about 47,000 today and has promised that all American and international combat forces will be out by the end of 2014.
Only weeks after allegations emerged that asylum-seeker families are being separated by immigration officials, reports continue to arrive regarding the dubious treatment of children who arrive on boats.
Fairfax Media airs today fresh claims that some children held in immigration detention are receiving little to no appropriate education as a result of overflowing holding centres on Manus Island and Nauru.