Final $800m Caulfield Racecourse development stage moves ahead

The consortium’s plans for the final piece of the development jigsaw on Smith Street include a mixed use precinct ranging in height from 15 to 22 storeys that will cost about $500 million to construct. We’re not just building the buildings, we’re extending the suburb. Sam Beck, Beck Property Group “We have just completed a […]

The Malvern East business owner now looking for work at 58

Like many operators in the travel industry, the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on Caffery’s small, but previously profitable, business in Melbourne’s leafy Malvern East. While Caffery has seen her share of disruptions to the travel sector during her 38-year career – terrorism attacks, tsunamis, earthquakes and economic downturns – nothing compares to coronavirus. “Overnight, […]

Our pollies are woefully unimaginative, but Ross Garnaut has a new plan for lifting Australia above mediocrity

In a book published on Monday, Reset: Restoring Australia after the pandemic recession, Garnaut argues we need to aim much higher than getting back to the “normal” that existed in the seven years between the end of the China resource boom in 2012 and the arrival of the virus early last year. For a start, […]

Attitude to alcohol a sad reflection on our society

Illustration: John ShakespeareCredit: While we do not know his name, it helps to focus on the culture that enabled his egregious behaviour to continue unchecked (“Ex-staffer, accused of rapes, in clinic”, February 23). He worked for several years for senior Liberal politicians, and his victims, junior staffers, are still coming forward. Surely their distress and […]

Meagre dole increase plays into tired old culture wars

In normal times, Australia’s unemployment benefit provides just a third of the full-time minimum wage. But even at that meagre level, more than 700,000 Australians were on the dole heading into the crisis. While there’s little doubt a very large increase in the long-term unemployment benefit would generate a disincentive to work, we’re nowhere near […]

Linda Reynolds warns of rapid military build-up in the Pacific

The Defence Minister, who is under fire for her handling of rape allegations made by former staffer Brittany Higgins, will say Australia is facing the threat of “military modernisation, accelerating technological advances and the use of coercive tactics” throughout the region. “Great power competition is increasing, and nowhere more so than in our region,” Senator […]

Meagre dole increase plays into tired old culture wars

In normal times, Australia’s unemployment benefit provides just a third of the full-time minimum wage. But even at that meagre level, more than 700,000 Australians were on the dole heading into the crisis. While there’s little doubt a very large increase in the long-term unemployment benefit would generate a disincentive to work, we’re nowhere near […]