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Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan flanked by Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas and Director General Lungile Fuzile. GCIS

South Africa must look beyond individuals to solve the current crisis

The framing of the prevailing political protests in South Africa shows too much focus on the role of individuals. This is dangerous in hearkening back to the flawed Great Man Theory.
If we want to stop kicking the innovation football back and forth – we need to move industry policy to a more prominent place in the political agenda. www.shutterstock.com

Let’s stop kicking the innovation football around

The federal government spends over A$10 billion plus a year on industry policies but we have little idea how effective they have been. Programs are regularly dropped before we even know if they work. Think…
The federal government receives more revenue than the states so it divvies it up between them, but with conditions. Lukas Coch/AAP

Budget explainer: the federal-state battle for funding

The reason for the constant struggle for funding between the states and federal government relates back to the constitution.
Members of the grounds crew spray the field before the Opening Day game between the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Baseball season begins: Five essential reads

The national pastime is more than just a sport. In this roundup, we feature stories about baseball's relationship to race, politics, the media and health.
Companies in the developing world, like Adani Group headed by Gautam Adani, have achieved enormous success through strong ties with governments. Amit Dave/Reuters

Unpicking the labyrinth that is India’s Adani

Even though the setup of the Indian Adani Group draws scrutiny in developed countries like Australia, it's common and makes sense in the context of emerging markets like India.

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