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The hard work’s been done and the latest Treasury team is taking the credit. Mathias Cormann and Josh Frydenberg. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Battle won. Our budget woes are behind us

The budget deficit is as good as dead. For practical purposes we are back to normal with financial firepower recharged for the next crisis.
If the trade war with China escalates, siding with the US is going to cost, but Australia’s long-term national interests still lie with it. Shutterstock

Trump versus China means picking sides

There can be no middle road in the trade war between China and the United States. Soon we will have to pick sides.
Do we need yet another class of guest workers to pick our fruit? Shutterstock

Why yet another visa for farm work makes no sense

Introducing yet another special agricultural employment visa might destroy the good things about the ones we've got.
A cleverly-designed auction can make sure strata-titled apartment blocks are only sold when all of the owners are happy. Tom Rabe/AAP

Evictions versus holdouts. How to painlessly dissolve a strata title

It's not fair to evict people against their will. On the other hand, one holdout shouldn't be able to derail the sale of an entire strata-titled apartment block. Now an international team has come up with an ingenious solution.