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Are you a local?

Last weekend our neighbourhood hosted the Sandcliffe Writers Festival, named after two of the participating suburbs, Sandgate and Shorncliffe. I missed the Saturday, but I spent part of Sunday afternoon in the audience at the Sandgate Town Hall for a session entitled ‘Loving the Australian Landscape’.  1,313 more words

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Fixing The Budget Requires Recalibration, Not Panic

THIS WEEK has seen an explosion of justified criticism of Treasurer Joe Hockey, his budget, and the Abbott government’s strategy for selling it. Reasonable comment and kneejerk reaction are not the same thing; a properly calibrated change of course would hardly constitute “panic.” Even a change of Treasurer, adroitly handled, could be a plus for both Hockey and the government. 2,043 more words