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Tax Office deputy commissioner linked to country's biggest tax fraud

17 May 2017 | AFR

Michael Cranston's illustrious 35-year career at the Trax Office suffered a major blow when he learned his son had been arrested over his involvement in one of the country's biggest white-collar crimes.


Cassie­ Sainsbury demands taxpayer help

07 May 2017 | The Australian

Accused drug-smuggler Cassie­ Sainsbury’s lawyers are asking Australian taxpayers to help pay for her legal costs as she faces charges in Colombia.


Schools funding: Malcolm Turnbull dubs new $19b education policy

02 May 2017 | The Age

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared he will "bring the school funding wars to an end" in a stunning policy turnaround that will see the federal government pump an extra $19 billion into schools over the next decade.


Rebuilding the Dream

30 April 2017 | The Australian

Have a look through the comments section of the first two parts of our Lost Property series and you’ll see solutions everywhere. Good, bad, funny, earnest, well-researched essays and undercooked thought bubbles. Everyone has a view on what should happen next. Some solutions, however, keep rising to the top, usually also proposed by economists, strategists, planners, analysts and even politicians.


Lessons From 100 Days of President Trump

30 April 2017 | The New York Times

Here are a dozen things we have learned in President Trump’s first 100 days.

1. Trump has had the worst beginning of any president since, oh, perhaps William Henry Harrison (who died a month after his inauguration). Trump has had no legislative triumphs, and he has by far the lowest public approval of any new president in polling history. Large majorities say he is not honest, does not keep promises and does not care about ordinary people.


Pizza Hut set for the courts over cut-price pizza

30 April 2017 | SMH

Pizza wars, the $4.95 pizzas they spawned and the allegedly disastrous impact on Pizza Hut franchisees, is about to be put on trial in a case that will put the $170 billion franchise sector on edge.

The appeal lodged in the Federal Court of Australia will be heard next month, and up to 90 per cent of Pizza Hut franchisees are backing the class action by liquidator Bob Jacobs at Auxilium Partners.


Why it's silly to debate 'good' versus 'bad' debt

30 April 2017 | SMH

The Treasurer, Scott Morrison, strayed into some rather silly territory this week in a speech seeking to lay down a new set of markers for the budget, divvying up government debt into "good" and "bad" debt.

In a small way, it's nice to have a concession – at last - that government debt is not always "bad".


Malcolm Turnbull is forcing Australia's gas producers to curb local prices

26 April 2017 | Business Insider

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull is taking on the country’s gas producers as part of his plan to tackle the rising gas prices for Australian consumers due to domestic shortages.

Producers will now operate under tighter restrictions on exports to ensure that Australian consumers and business have an adequate supply.

 


Donald Trump's team unveils opening bid for 'biggest tax cut' in US history

26 April 2017 | SMH

The White House made its opening bid for what officials called the "biggest tax cut" in US history - with cuts that would benefit businesses, the middle class and certain high-earning individuals - but left unanswered questions about whether the plan would be paid for, or how.


'Please don't forget us': the hellish search for Syria's lost prisoners

25 April 2017 | Guardian Australia

“I still remember their last words to me: ‘Please don’t forget us’. This rings in my ears every day like church bells, like a daily call for prayer.”

Mansour al-Omari, a Syrian human rights activist, recalls the moment his name was called by the jailer after spending nine months in detention. He was lucky to be released, but is haunted by those he left behind.


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