Rob Burgess

House prices have created a ‘lost generation’

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The despair of a younger generation with little prospect of getting on the property ladder is aggravated by the knowledge that their parent's generation had it so much easier.

The thought police cometh

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The furore surrounding academic Barry Spurr's private emails is a gross invasion of privacy by the media -- and our civil discourse is much poorer for it.

The real threat lurking in universities

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Universities are under attack for 'indoctrinating' some students, but a much bigger problem is costing taxpayers, students and the nation dearly.

The devil in the NBN's detail

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The excruciating complexity of the Telstra-NBN picture means it is still haunted by uncertain economics. Tax payers should be nervous.

Abbott's political task over Iraq is just beginning

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There is much stronger support for the Iraq intervention in 2014 than in 2003, but that could change quickly.

Full Marx for Turnbull's NBN

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Decades of government fixation with telco theory instead of network outcomes has dug Australia’s broadband network into a deep and messy hole.

When terror lights up the trading board

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The precise psychological context of 9/11's market rout will never be repeated, but long-term risks remain.

The real battle with Islamic State is at home

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Australia is giving extremist leaders the ammunition they need to bring their fight to our shores.

Hockey can't play the Swan card forever

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The government’s decision to play down the impact of the GFC and structural shifts in the economy lets it pin fiscal woes on Wayne Swan. But this revisionism distorts our perception of the current economic environment.

Labor puts up a 'no exit' sign for Abbott

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As petrol prices look set to accelerate, Labor aims to lock the Coalition into its roads policy with a counter-plan for rejuvenated urban public transport.

Renters won't bail out housing investors

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The rental market is far more sensitive to the laws of supply and demand than property prices are -- and that could soon become a problem for real estate investors.

The insidious creep of ‘fascist’ obsession

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Looking at the numbers, inflammatory comments about aggressive forms of Islam ‘taking over’ are ludicrous.

Calling time on decades of tax trickery

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As the impact of corporate tax-shifting on Australia grows aggressively, the G20 will be a fork in the road for Joe Hockey.

When the brain drain turns north again

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Australia's lengthy list of skilled visa occupations is a source of ire for our region's developing countries. But some factors pulling in migrant workers may be about to turn.

Waiting for the wealth shock to wear off

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The end to growth of household assets ahead of wages has left Australians traumatised. How long will it take to recover from that jolt?

Crunch time for high-maintenance Australia

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Politicians can no longer maintain the public services we've become accustomed to without beefing up indirect taxes.

Be alert and alarmed by gangs in suits

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Fear is irresistible for politicians -- but sometimes leads to over-reach. To one group of Queenslanders, that's what's happening in the state right now.

Labor is failing voters on Iraq

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Australians are missing out on a full and frank debate about going to war in Iraq, and our democracy is worse off for it.

The Greens face a historic threat

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The two years ahead will be a critical test for the party built up over an unprecedented period of economic prosperity.

Ripping off Australia above the dotted line

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The Coalition's '2030 Vision' to develop Northern Australia is as arbitrary as colouring in empty spaces on a map.

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