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14 Jan Superannuation system must not punish the young

James Paterson -- The Australian Financial Review -- 14 January 2019   Young Australians are poorly served by a superannuation system that shamefully favours the interests of providers over consumers. That's why the Productivity Commission's call for reform is so compelling. Like many young people, I worked a...

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01 Jan Marise Payne joins outcry at jailing of Canadians

Primrose Riordan -- The Australian -- 1 January 2019 The chair of parliament’s intelligence and security committee, Andrew Hastie, says the detention of two Canadians in China vindicates those who advocated against Australia ­ratifying an ­extradition treaty with Beijing. Mr Hastie’s intervention came as Foreign Minister Marise...

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31 Oct PM in swipe at Indonesia over Jerusalem embassy

Simon Benson and Primrose Riorden -- The Australian -- 31 October 2018   Scott Morrison has hit back at Indon­esia, warning he would not be dictated to on foreign policy by another country, after Malcolm Turnbull said the decision to consider moving Australia’s embassy in Israel from...

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29 Oct Bid to end wacky uni research

Jack Houghton -- Daily Telegraph -- 29 October 2018 Millions of tax dollars allocated for "wacky" research projects has prompted a call for greater government oversight in the grants process. Former education minister Simon Birmingham was forced to step in and ban 11 projects from being funded...

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26 Oct TEQSA will investigate university freedom of speech

Tim Dodd -- The Australian -- 25/10/2018 The national higher education regulator TEQSA will investigate whether universities are restricting freedom of speech through their policies. Nicholas Saunders, who chairs the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, told a Senate estimates committee last night that “while equity and...

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19 Oct PM considering embassy move

Gareth Narunski -- Australian Jewish News -- 19 October 2018   Prime Minister Scott Morrison has denied that an announcement to look at moving Australia’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem is motivated by Jewish votes in this weekend’s Wentworth by-election. Morrison announced on Tuesday that the government would...

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01 Oct The rising cost of ‘free’ speech

James Paterson -- The Australian -- 1 October 2018   Free speech shouldn’t come with a hefty price tag. The practice of charging event organisers for the cost of ensuring their own safety risks stifling debate and providing an incentive for threats of violence. Last week, University of...

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01 Oct Like rust, Red tape never sleeps

James Paterson -- Australian Financial Review -- 1 October 2018   The battle against red tape is never ending. It requires eternal vigilance and creative thinking from governments determined to keep it at bay. Australia's 27 years of continuous economic growth is one testament to the relative competitiveness...

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