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  • He was the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Prior to assuming the presidency, Bush served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. A member of the Republican Party, he had previously been a Congressman, Ambassador and Director of Central Intelligence. During his career in public service, he was known simply as George Bush; since 2001, he has often [...]
  • Research by the International Monetary Fund has revealed that the erosion of people’s rights in the workplace has led to less pay for workers. The International Monetary Fund research that shows that measures that have taken power away from working people in favour of big business have hurt take-home pay packets between 1970 and 2015. It is the first time that the IMF has acknowledged the [...]
  • Fabrizio Carmignani, Griffith University The evidence on the ground is very clear. The Trump tax cuts have led to stronger investment, stronger growth, lower unemployment rate and higher wages. – Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann, interview on RN Breakfast, August 13, 2018 After two years of debate and months of intense negotiation, the government’s proposal to cut the corporate tax rate [...]
  • Bill shorten has outlined Labor’s vision for Australia at the Queensland ALP state conference this weekend. With the background of the disunity of Liberal Party at a federal level Bill Shorten has presented a united party ready to take power at the next election. Delivering one of keynote speeches at the state conference Labor and Shorten have stated that Sunday and public holiday rates will be [...]
  • With the former, defenestrated Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull resigning from Parliament the Liberal Party primary vote crashes over 22 points to 39.6%, compared to 2016 election 62.3% primary vote according to polling commissioned by the Australia Institute. It is sill bad news for the new Prime Minister Scott Morrison. In Wentworth the Majority of voters (68.6%) think new Prime Minister Scott [...]
  • By Marika Sosnowski Twitter: @MikiSosnowski “The camp is better now than it was,” Abu Iday told Global Voices. As the informal leader of a small gathering of Syrian refugees at Al-Rihaniya Shelter Centre in Akkar in northern Lebanon, Iday adds: “Although it’s still like a prison.” Resettlement is the only hope for a better life for Lebanon’s roughly one million Syrian [...]
  • Recent figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that the number of dwellings approved in Australia fell by 1.3 per cent in July 2018 in trend terms. “The fall was mainly driven by private dwellings excluding houses, which decreased by 1.8 per cent in July,” said Justin Lokhorst, Director of Construction Statistics at the ABS. “Private sector houses also fell, [...]
  • New Zealand became one of the first countries in the world to publicly fund PrEP (a daily pre-exposure pill that prevents HIV) in February 2018. Researchers say PrEP can help reverse the HIV epidemic, but they’re worried the slow rollout will actually mean more people are exposed. They say the people most at risk of HIV don’t know about PrEP, sexual health clinics are struggling from [...]
  • In refusing to strike out Smith’s claim, the court has accepted that it is arguable police could owe a common law duty of care to specific victims of domestic violence to protect them from preventable harm. AAP/James Ross Mandy Shircore, James Cook University and Heather Douglas, The University of Queensland This week the Victorian Supreme Court refused an application by the State of Victoria [...]
  • Luke Beck, Monash University Tony Abbott and Barnaby Joyce have each accepted job offers from new Prime Minister Scott Morrison to serve as his special envoys. The prime minister’s offers may have been a clever way to keep these two former leaders busy and put their abilities to use. But these jobs may have inadvertently rendered both Abbott and Joyce disqualified from parliament under section [...]
  • A 37-year-old Sydney man charged with sexual assault will face court today. It is alleged that he met his victim through an online dating app, Bumble. The police believe that the man pretended to be a doctor and then met up with his 26-year-old victim in the city’s east. The man is charged with raping the victim inside a Boyce Road unit at Maroubra before driving her to Mascot Railway [...]
  • Chris Wallace, Australian National University Politics isn’t rational. Prejudice trumps performance. Politics is run by thugs. These are three reasonable conclusions from the snubbing of electorally popular Julie Bishop in last week’s Liberal leadership ballot, and Bishop-ally Julia Banks’ decision not to stand at the next election to protest bullying during the leadership campaign. Why did [...]
  • Around the world there were an estimated 195,000 to 276,000 firearm deaths in 2016, the majority of them homicides, but firearm deaths in Australia have dropped since 1990, according to a team of international researchers including Australians. The study looked at deaths due to firearms in 195 countries and territories from 1990 to 2016, and found that 6 countries (Brazil, United States, Mexico, [...]

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