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John Hewson is a professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU, and a former Liberal opposition leader.

Barnaby Joyce’s latest antics do nothing to move Australia forward
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Barnaby Joyce’s latest antics do nothing to move Australia forward

Don’t get me wrong, it is novel to see a Nationals member attempting to tap the views of their electorate. But Joyce’s motives are not genuine. It’s politics over science.

  • by John Hewson

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The world’s electric cars are leaving Australia for dust
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The world’s electric cars are leaving Australia for dust

While Volkswagen describes Australia as “an automotive Third World”, the US, Britain, Europe and China are seizing the opportunities of the electric vehicle revolution.

  • by John Hewson
Expect more ruck and maul from Craig Kelly, Liberal breakaway
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Expect more ruck and maul from Craig Kelly, Liberal breakaway

The maverick Liberal’s political future is unlikely to last long now that he’s left the party, but it could be long enough to make trouble for Scott Morrison.

  • by John Hewson
The Nats lose touch with their ‘wonderful people’ - the farmers who’ll be our climate saviours
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The Nats lose touch with their ‘wonderful people’ - the farmers who’ll be our climate saviours

The National Party wants to exclude agriculture from any commitment to net-zero emissions, even while farmers want to seize the opportunities that come with the target.

  • by John Hewson
The verdict on Australia’s emissions targets: catastrophic
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The verdict on Australia’s emissions targets: catastrophic

Leading scientists have taken the government’s own figures and found it’s overspent so much of Australia’s carbon budget that it now needs to cut emissions to half of 2005 levels by 2030.

  • by John Hewson
A nation divided: Border problems bring home our states of disarray
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A nation divided: Border problems bring home our states of disarray

The states have claimed to be acting on their medical advice, but have been mostly driven by their perceived short-term political advantage.

  • by John Hewson
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We ignore growing inequality at our own peril
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We ignore growing inequality at our own peril

Both the Morrison government and the Reserve Bank must do much more to address growing inequalities made worse by bushfires and the coronavirus.

  • by John Hewson
Australia, the climate laggard, could lead the world: over to you, PM
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Australia, the climate laggard, could lead the world: over to you, PM

The world is watching Australia. We can seize this opportunity.

  • by John Hewson
How do we find a better place with China? Hint: don't start from here
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How do we find a better place with China? Hint: don't start from here

Despite the ugly breakdown in our relationship with China, divorce is not a sensible option. We need each other.

  • by John Hewson
Enough of the short-term politics - we need a government that leads
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Enough of the short-term politics - we need a government that leads

It will take years for the employment market to recover from the shock of COVID-19, but the government is not doing nearly enough to create jobs.

  • by John Hewson
A girl of 13, starving: it's a glimpse into Australia's disadvantage and how governments are failing
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A girl of 13, starving: it's a glimpse into Australia's disadvantage and how governments are failing

This really challenged me. It's an experience from a charity I'm helping, but these experiences are too common in Australia.

  • by John Hewson