Rupert Murdoch takes voluntary redundancy at News …. Murdoch’s anti-beard psychosis explained … why his sons Lachlan and James have grown beards … the demise of Roger Ailes … Julie Bishop and Tanya Plibersek support Julia Gillard-destroyer Kevin Rudd … Great bores continued … Baton change at Murdoch empire Rupert Murdoch’s two sons, Lachlan and…

Tony Abbott’s demented Liberal followers consider Doomsday strategy at election: don’t vote for Turnbull … Canberra is supporting Hong Kong independence while ending Norfolk Island’s … Geoffrey “Hypotheticals” Robertson to plead Bounty mutineers’ case at UN … NSW cops in anti-terror breakthrough: two teenage school kids arrested and jailed Lunar right-wing Liberals on self-destruct mission…

Surely, it’s time that the saying, “When Wall Street sneezes, the rest of the world catches pneumonia”, was updated. It retains some veracity because the New York Stock Exchange is the biggest in the world, US banks are the largest and the US economy is the global heavyweight. But what about China? What if Beijing…

In the early 1990s I asked Gough Whitlam for the greatest crime that the Hawke-Keating government had committed against his legacy. “HECS,” he replied unhesitatingly. I said that the Treasury argument was that the cost was growing exponentially as more people sought higher education and university budgets ballooned. Gough then delivered a short, sharp utterly…