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[25 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 71 views ]

IN May 2012, Victorian Liberal powerbroker Michael Kroger revealed he was sick of going to lunch with Peter Costello and hearing that the former long-serving federal treasurer regarded Tony Abbott as a “DLP stooge and an economic illiterate.”
Unsurprisingly, Costello’s opinion of the Prime Minister’s supposed lack of economic skills and abilities seems to be shared by a number of federal Labor shadow ministers, including Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Treasury spokesman Chris Bowen. As it happens, one of the most critical assessments of Abbott came from former Labor prime minister …

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[18 Jan 2014 | One Comment | 67 views ]

AUSTRALIANS are travelling overseas in record numbers.
No longer considered a luxury, an overseas holiday is becoming the norm rather than the exception. Also the internet enables direct booking of international flights and accommodation without the necessity to seek advice from a travel agent or any other informed source. This means that many first-time travellers may arrive in another country without any advice or warnings about different laws, cultural sensitivities and the inherent risks of being in unfamiliar territory.
Considering the markedly different laws regarding social behaviour which apply in popular tourist …

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[11 Jan 2014 | One Comment | 55 views ]

ALTHOUGH I haven’t smoked a cigarette for decades, I know many people who still do.
These days, only about 16 per cent of Australians smoke cigarettes, which by any measure represents a great success. But that still leaves many more than three million Australian smokers.
Many are hard-core smokers who are addicted to nicotine. The likelihood that they will quit and stay cigarette-free is not at all high.
The health risks for them remain life-threatening and the burden they place on our already stretched hospital system is extreme. Also, as parents and grandparents, …

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[4 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 58 views ]

IN 2007, historian John Hirst argued that Australians had often felt the need to ask others what they think of our nation, in part because our European origins as a British penal colony conferred a sense of being second-class.
Hirst concluded that we had moved on from that sense of inferiority and had adopted an attitude of “this is who we are and the world can take us or leave it”.
Perhaps Hirst spoke too soon. While we may have experienced a growing sense of maturity in our foreign relations, in some …