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30 November 2013 9:00 am

There was one really interesting aspect of the revelation of the salaries being paid to top ABC presenters, apart from…

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23 November 2013 9:00 am

Everyone was supposed to burst into howls of protest when the government announced last week that it was abolishing 20…

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16 November 2013 9:00 am

The launch of Twitter on the New York Stock Exchange the other day was a momentous event. I do not…

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9 November 2013 9:00 am

When the Sri Lankans launched a determined effort to rid their country of Tamil Tiger terrorism they made a big…

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2 November 2013 9:00 am

What an eerie coincidence there was last week between Tony Abbott’s visit to Afghanistan, the virtual end of the war…

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26 October 2013 9:00 am

During my illustrious career as one of Her Majesty’s ministers, an incident occurred that senior public servants still talk about…

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19 October 2013 9:00 am

Last Monday I watched Bill Shorten’s press conference with the Canberra press gallery, covered lovingly in every excruciating detail by…

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12 October 2013 9:00 am

It is good to see that another personal memoir of Sir Robert and Dame Pattie Menzies has been published, this…

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5 October 2013 9:00 am

With the unrelenting march of time, I have been giving a lot of thought to what I want to do…

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28 September 2013 9:00 am

The other night, I listened to the so-called debate between Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten as they vied for the…

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21 September 2013 9:00 am

September 7 was the first election day I have not spent handing out how-to-vote cards since I was 15. Not…

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14 September 2013 9:00 am

After we had lobbed a few atom bombs on Japan in 1945, the Emperor delivered himself of the understatement of…

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7 September 2013 9:00 am

As this period before an election is like the night before Christmas, it might be an appropriate time to draw…

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31 August 2013 9:00 am

The other day I went to an unusual but worthwhile election event. The international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright had…

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24 August 2013 9:00 am

Some readers have said I have been uncharacteristically quiet on Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave scheme and want to know…

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10 August 2013 9:00 am

Like hanging, an election concentrates the mind, at least if you are a political junkie. So I suppose it is…

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3 August 2013 9:00 am

The economic problems of the US are substantial. The recovery is staggering along with occasional bursts of energy, but by…

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27 July 2013 9:00 am

It was probably inevitable that my stay in the United States should coincide with another of the volcanic eruptions of…

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20 July 2013 9:00 am

 London Here, you can scarcely avoid the looming presence of the European Community. It seems that, every day, news arrives…

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13 July 2013 9:00 am

The first public opinion polls since the return of Kevin Rudd show that the Labor party is in with a…

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6 July 2013 9:00 am

As this is the thinking man’s column, I thought it useful to reflect on some of the wider issues emerging…