Rob Burgess

New lies put Gillard’s sin in perspective

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Many castigated Julia Gillard for her 'carbon tax lie' despite the policy's complex history, but it will be much harder to forgive the Coalition for its litany of broken promises.

Status and power in the family home

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As prestige brands like BMW enter the electric vehicle market, we could see energy self-sufficiency become the ultimate luxury good of the 21st century.

Lambie and Muir are forgotten people

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Jacqui Lambie and Ricky Muir have long been pilloried by the political classes, but the tables have turned, with these unruly senators likely to trouble the Coalition.

The art of a good recession

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'Work for the dole' schemes punish the young, rather than address the structural causes of their joblessness. A more creative approach is needed.

Girls who like boys who like girls who like work

Increasing female workforce participation has been touted as a way to boost economic growth, but bridging the gender gap is hardly a simple task.

When the young abandon Australia

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A tough job market and soaring house prices could push more young Australians to leave our shores. And we'll be worse off for it.

Obama ends Abbott’s coal comfort

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While President Obama tugs at our heartstrings with the Great Barrier Reef, Prime Minister Abbott still expects voters to get gooey-eyed about coal.

The dark side of Teflon Tony's carbon plans

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For years, the Coalition successfully conflated rising power prices with the carbon tax, but continued increases hint at the dysfunctional state of our power system.

Hockey's Treasury attacks return to haunt him

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In opposition, Joe Hockey criticised Labor for releasing overly optimistic budget forecasts, but next month's MYEFO may prove to be a thorn in his side.

From Green Army to national service

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Australia scrapped conscription in 1972 but with a new generation of young under-employed with few prospects for work, perhaps it’s time to revisit the merits of national service.

What's our online 'star chamber' actually for?

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The planned data retention laws won’t catch the real criminals and should be viewed suspiciously.

The dollar drag on our knowledge elite

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Toxic economic forces and government short-sightedness are jeopardising Australia’s ‘high-skill, high-wage’ future.

The Fed’s doing an ‘Italian job’ on us all

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With the Fed bus hanging over a money cliff, we can only hope Yellen doesn’t tip us over the edge.

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.

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