|EDITORIAL: The decline of Australian manufacturing
The recent closure of a number of iconic Australian food manufacturers highlights the parlous state of manufacturing in Australia, the extent of Australia’s growing dependence on imports, and the complacency of governments — state and federal — to this threat to Australia’s way of life.
|ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Labor’s failure to tackle root causes of soaring cost of living
With the cost of living continuing to spiral out of control, you have to ask who has the guts at the federal level to tackle the issue.
|CANBERRA OBSERVED: Stricken Labor picks fight with media in election year
The Gillard Government’s sudden and kamikaze-like attempt to rein in the print media is in part borne out of long-running frustration at its failure to control the media in the way it would like.
|NEW SOUTH WALES: Widening ripples from Obeid corruption scandal
Apart from Julia Gillard’s personal unpopularity, an issue which has dragged down Labor’s standing in the polls has been the revelation from the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) that former NSW Mining Minister, Ian Macdonald, secretly assisted a Labor upper house member, Eddie Obeid OAM, to secure mining leases worth $100 million in 2008.
|WA ELECTIONS: Conservative tsunami hits Labor and the Greens in WA
The landslide swing to Western Australia’s coalition parties was “the most definitive, unambiguous result I’ve seen” in 40 years, according to the former editor of The West Australian, Paul Murray.