Rob Burgess

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.

You can't weaken democracy to fight terror

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The more Islamic State influences countries such as Australia to curtail civil liberties and the democratic process, the happier they will be.

Parliament can protect Abbott from Iraq blunders

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No doubt mistakes will be made in Iraq, as in the past, but the shared responsibility of a vote may minimise errors. And support from the Greens could be more forthcoming than assumed.

Empty-nesters locked up with their money

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The perverse incentives keeping retirees in large homes have led to a hugely distorted housing market. Eventually the government will need to take action.

A house-price curse for retirees

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Many retirees will have assumed the super guarantee, with a pension, would look after them in retirement. As the housing market shifts, that premise will come under challenge for a significant segment.

The political time-bomb in the super system

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Public sentiment is showing the earliest signs of the superannuation debacle to come. Will Canberra chiefs harness this energy before it blows up in their faces?

How Keating's super plan missed its target

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Super funds invest hundreds of billions of dollars in Australian firms, make a handsome profit, and then return dividends to fund owners. So how can a third of retirees be living below the '60 per cent poverty line'?

The weak flank in Abbott's terror response

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Australia is at a cross-roads in relations between Muslims and non-Muslims. By committing $13m in various programs to help young Muslims at risk of radicalisation, Tony Abbott has taken a step in the right direction, but it's nowhere near enough.

We're on the brink of repeating the mistakes of 9/11

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We could so easily choose to defuse some of the destructive force of terrorist groups' symbolic missiles.

Palmer, like Hanson, is drawing out poison

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The PUP leader's assertions about China are foolish and paranoid, but they will also flush out latent prejudices in the electorate to the benefit of our democracy.

Only one treasurer spent more than Swan

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It's all too easy to berate the former treasurer's record, but a look back over Australia's spending patterns tests the 'debt and deficit' attack.

Do some private schools harm job prospects?

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Despite Tony Abbott's Gonski commitment, the highly emotive public-private school funding debate is still going strong. And some recent studies reinforce the fact that not all private schools are equal.

'Earn or learn' while our tax dollars burn

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Canberra's approach to shepherding unemployed youth into work or study faces a challenge in ensuring government subsidies won’t be rorted.

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