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  1. Last Drinks - Chapter 21

    ... secret – it’s hard to see there’s any meaningful issue, especially as earlier this month Rein explicitly flagged her intention ... on offer. Announcing Quentin Bryce as Australia’s next governor-general, Kevin Rudd emphasised that the appointment was “a ...


  2. Beyond Belief - Chapter 10

    ... issues of Quarterly Essay have now been devoted to this issue. Last year Guy Rundle issued The Opportunist: John Howard and the ... In 1999 it set up a special taskforce to deal with the issue. It was administering a law that it thought was inadequate and could not ... of his firm stand and the wrong-footing of Labor on the issue gave the Prime Minister a great electoral advantage. His critics claim ... carry their case to the highest court in the land. The issue of the boats arriving on the north-west coast is essentially one of ... Howard government announced that the migration intake for next year would rise to 105,000 (from 93,000) and would be maintained above 100,000 for the next four years. Beyond Belief - Chapter 10 ...


  3. Made In England - Chapter 9

    ... and that of this country. It inspired and fired me up. Next day, I heard and saw her being interviewed on TV and radio. The ... Pregnant pause on part of interviewer. Then move on to next question. I thought to myself, Good on you, Germaine – finally a ...


  4. Reaction Time - Chapter 9

    ... is no technical reason why the flight I intend to board next week should not safely reach its destination. The reason we have a Civil ... be acceptably low is a social value judgment. The social issue should not be discounted. Given the hostility of South Australian voters ... committee was also predictably sanguine about the waste issue. It said in its summary of recommendations that the Council of Australian ...


  5. Love & Money – Chapter 15

    ... World According to Y: Inside the New Adult Generation . Her next book, about the food cultures of Australia, will be published in September ...


  6. Australian Story - Chapter 17

    ... great promise – but you’re back to square one when the next leader comes along. As well as remoteness, the small scale of these ... without any particular regard paid to the larger issue of Indigenous Australians’ place in our nation. Questions of culture ... and he appears to view Indigenous education solely as an issue of removing educational disadvantage. The question Leigh implicitly asks ... needs to increase by several orders of magnitude within the next few years. What needs to be done needs to be the subject of a separate ...


  7. Reaction Time - Chapter 7

    ... expected to exceed demand until at least the middle of the next decade. BHP Billiton, which mines uranium at Roxby Downs, has explicitly ... of Representatives committee which reported on the nuclear issue in 2006. The report said: Federal and state government decisions ... when John Howard was treasurer. They were even an election issue; I remember attending a public meeting in Caboolture Town Hall in early ...


  8. A Rightful Place - Chapter 14

    ... facing our nation” – and he, too, senses that our next steps are critical. But Charlton avoids the triumphalism that often marks ... press: “Australia will learn more about China in the next 14 days than ever previously.” The 1971 visit was an inspired act of ... “what Australia has said and done with regard to [this issue] has jeopardised bilateral mutual trust and affected the sound growth of ... had such a stand-off.” As the Lucky Country makes its next steps in the aftermath of the boom, it would do well to heed the advice of ...


  9. His Master's Voice - Chapter 8

    ... than achievement and policy. If Labor wishes to win the next election, it should take this message to the electorate and challenge ... interest in its alternative policies. The third economic issue, economic security, receives a lot less attention but is of growing ... for the new economic issues which will affect us in the next ten. If Labor does not do this, 2007 polling day will feel a bit like ...


  10. Power Shift - Chapter 2

    ... If China successfully contests American primacy over the next few decades, Western power will no longer hold strategic sway and Asia ... filing into the chamber to hear Bush on one day, and Hu the next. It also conveyed an impression of parity in Australia’s two most ... forces in the 2040s and beyond, but implied that for the next few decades Australia could assume that nothing would change. Rudd’s ... leaders will do any better.  Like climate change, the issue seems too hard for our political system to handle. Despite the clear ... And it is easy to hope that, like climate change, the issue will just go away. Power Shift - Chapter 2 ...