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Paying for journalism the price of a healthy democracy

A government-backed ACCC push to make Google and Facebook pay publishers for Australian news risks backfiring on all parties including consumers, argues Richard Holden. He says that government itself should help subsidise journalism in the interests of democracy.


A choice between community support and poverty-level Centrelink payments

As COVID-19 restrictions slowly lift and borders begin to reopen, emergency payments and increased benefits introduced to mitigate economic and social damage are about to be wound back. Besides the economic impact, a return to pre-pandemic welfare income will plunge many back into poverty, argues Catherine Earl.

The pandemic has reopened debate on the role of the Commonwealth and the right of states to go their own way in tackling the crisis. Victoria’s response is a warning on ceding power to executive government, argues Morry Bailes.

Federalism, state rights and the law

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