Scott Morrison’s new cabinet: It’s all about the base

Scott Morrison’s new cabinet: It’s all about the base

Scott Morrison has tried to keep everyone happy. He has reached out to the party's base by splitting the energy and environment portfolios, which effectively junks the National Energy Guarantee and banishes once more any consideration of emissions reduction under energy policy. Price and reliability are the only priorities. This pretty much ends Australia trying…
Five things ScoMo should do with his prime ministership

Five things ScoMo should do with his prime ministership

I've been privileged to know and work with many political leaders in Australia and overseas. Now we have a new national leader, we all wonder how he'll shape up. Scott Morrison does have experience. He knows the Liberal Party – its moods, its character and its peccadillos – and he knows it well. That's a…
Brett Redman a ‘safe pair of hands’ at AGL amid energy policy upheaval

Brett Redman a ‘safe pair of hands’ at AGL amid energy policy upheaval

Longstanding AGL Energy senior executive Brett Redman is being described as a "safe pair of hands" as acting CEO amid the upheaval in Canberra over energy policy that poses huge challenges for any energy supplier to navigate. Mr Redman, who has been with AGL since 2007 and chief financial officer since 2012, is understood to…
Educators need to do more to attract working aged people back into study

Educators need to do more to attract working aged people back into study

Nearly half the workforce are not interested in doing further study to improve their skills, even though many of them expect they could live to 100 and know they'll have to stay in the workforce longer. A report from Deloitte, which will be presented at The Australian Financial Review Higher Education Summit on Tuesday and…
‘Maverick’ John McCain; Republican gadfly, Australian friend

‘Maverick’ John McCain; Republican gadfly, Australian friend

Australians have lost a resolute friend and ally in John McCain – born into a grand naval family, Senator, presidential candidate, war hero and POW, and the most prominent member of the Republican Party's dwindling internal resistance to Donald Trump.  His office announced his death at 81, near his ranch in his home state of Arizona, on Saturday (Sunday AEST),…
Miners may bolster ASX as earnings season draws to a close

Miners may bolster ASX as earnings season draws to a close

by Sarah Turner Strength in commodity prices could help support the Australian market at the start of the final trading week of August, as the reporting season draws to a close and attention shifts away from Australian politics and back to the global political stage. Australian stocks are set to open the week steady, with…
Auction clearance rate: House buyers know they have the upper hand

Auction clearance rate: House buyers know they have the upper hand

Just like the party room at Parliament House on Friday, you can cut the auction tension over the weekend with a knife. The Australian Financial Review went on a roadtrip to the western Sydney suburbs of Guildford, Merrylands, Lidcombe and Wentworth Point and saw agents and sellers herding in buyers like cattle, bringing down the…
Farmers warn weekend rain won’t stop drought-related food price rises

Farmers warn weekend rain won’t stop drought-related food price rises

Farmers in parts of NSW and Queensland have welcomed weekend rain but warned much more is needed to prevent a drought-related hit to family food budgets. National Farmers' Federation president Fiona Simson said on Sunday that it was inevitable that grain shortages and higher water prices in horticulture would lead to an increase in food prices.…
Julie Bishop set to depart frontbench as Scott Morrison assembles new cabinet

Julie Bishop set to depart frontbench as Scott Morrison assembles new cabinet

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop won't be part of Scott Morrison's new cabinet, but says she hasn't decided if she will quit Parliament at the next election. It is also understood Jobs and Innovation Minister Michaelia Cash, who voted for Mr Morrison, will be given small business which now becomes a cabinet portfolio, while existing small busiess minister…
John McCain, war hero, Senator, Presidential contender, dies at 81

John McCain, war hero, Senator, Presidential contender, dies at 81

by Robert McFadden John  McCain, the proud naval aviator who climbed from depths of despair as a prisoner of war in Vietnam to pinnacles of power as a Republican congressman and senator from Arizona and a two-time contender for the presidency, died Saturday at his home in Arizona. He was 81. According to a statement…

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