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More than one elephant in the COAG meeting room

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Leaders were all crooning the same reassuring tune at the Council of Australian Governments news conference – about their constructive talk and co-operation – until an angry Colin Barnett declared he must have been at a different meeting.

“The elephant in the room is the GST and that’s what this COAG has been significantly...

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In the vaccine debate, science is just getting its boots on

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There is an old saying that a lie will be heard around the world while truth is still getting its boots on. This was brought home to me during a radio interview I did on Tuesday night in the wake of the Federal Government’s decision to remove the conscientious objection exemption for vaccination. I was astonished that in 2015, some of these...

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