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COVER STORY No deal in federal budget for single-income families

CANBERRA OBSERVED Mixed budget: 'Battlers' put on the backburner

SOCIETY Marriage myths do not stand up to close scrutiny

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Supreme Court argument goes to heart of marriage

POLITICS Understanding Orwell: the dangers of ideology

EDITORIAL Executive salaries: Telstra CEO bells the cat

ECONOMICS Productivity: do we understand it at all?

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS UK election: implications of Conservative victory

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Floating reasons to build our submarines here

CINEMA Best-laid plans oft end in corruption

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS New fronts in the fight against human trafficking

EDUCATION Non-government school tuition trumps SES status

CLIMATE CHANGE Bjorn again sceptics show face of intolerance

DRUGS Ice: an epidemic rages under our very noses

BOOK REVIEW The man who would not be prime minister

BOOK REVIEW The father of the green revolution

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COVER STORY No deal in federal budget for single-income families
Australia has one of the most hostile tax systems in the world for single-income families. Double-income families have access to two tax-free thresholds whereas single-income households, by definition, have access to only one.
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CANBERRA OBSERVED Mixed budget: 'Battlers' put on the backburner
The Abbott Government has clearly learnt a lot since its ill-fated first blitzkrieg budget that was designed to run over as many groups as possible in one go in a bid to fast-track a return to budget surplus in its first term of government.
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SOCIETY Marriage myths do not stand up to close scrutiny
I never thought that I would ever marry. But to my pleasant surprise, I did. And in what would otherwise have been quite an unremarkable life, I have since married dozens of women. But not just women – I have also married dozens of men. I am a marriage celebrant and a pastor.
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Supreme Court argument goes to heart of marriage
The United States Supreme Court has been discussing the problems, concerns and harms with same-sex marriage.
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POLITICS Understanding Orwell: the dangers of ideology
George Orwell is well known as a passionate socialist whose life was a testament to his beliefs. Greater than his belief in social justice, however, was his commitment to honesty, always telling the truth as he saw it. Unfortunately, this got him into trouble will the far left, the Marxists.
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EDITORIAL Executive salaries: Telstra CEO bells the cat
The retiring chief executive of Telstra, David Thodey, raised a very important issue on his last day with the corporation when he told the Financial Review: “I can’t sit here and defend my salary against all the guys who are out there working every day and I wouldn’t try to.
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ECONOMICS Productivity: do we understand it at all?
Productivity is widely discussed in the media, though rarely to useful purpose. The nature of these discussions – even among those in the business media – mostly reveals a widespread misunderstanding of the subject.
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS UK election: implications of Conservative victory
The British Conservatives’ election victory – contradicting the predictions of all the opinion polls as they won more than 330 seats – has allowed the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to form government in his own right. The election was also a triumph for the Scottish nationalists, who won almost every seat in Scotland.
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NATIONAL AFFAIRS Floating reasons to build our submarines here
Now that Defence Minister Kevin Andrews has made a commitment to support the naval shipbuilding industry in Australia, it is opportune to consider the technical, economic and strategic reasons to build in Australia the submarines that are to replace the ageing Collins-class boats.
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CINEMA Best-laid plans oft end in corruption
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is here. It’s loud and dramatic, but deftly made and rich in allusions.
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS New fronts in the fight against human trafficking
The Vatican is taking up the fight on human trafficking, the huge problem which Pope Francis has labelled a crime against humanity.
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EDUCATION Non-government school tuition trumps SES status
One of the perennial questions parents face when deciding where to send their children to school is whether government or non-government schools achieve the better results. Given the financial commitment involved it is only natural to ask which school sector achieves the strongest outcomes.
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CLIMATE CHANGE Bjorn again sceptics show face of intolerance
Hell hath no fury like a climate alarmist aroused.
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DRUGS Ice: an epidemic rages under our very noses
Ice (methamphetamine, or crystal meth) is quite different from other drugs of dependence in three important ways.
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BOOK REVIEW The man who would not be prime minister
 
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BOOK REVIEW The father of the green revolution
Life sometimes imitates art. Noel Vietmeyer’s Our Daily Bread, a gripping, touching, meticulously researched biography of Norman Borlaug, the plant breeder known as the Father of the Green Revolution, portrays the kind of nobility, idealism and courage that was epitomised by Jimmy Stewart in the title role of Mr Smith Goes to Washington and Gary Cooper in High Noon.
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