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Conflict politics on the right and the left. EPA/PETER FOLEY

Is a capitalist democracy possible?

The world seems caught between the competing political ideologies of left and right, with capitalism is caught right in the middle.
This year’s federal budget will be a tricky affair for government and opposition. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Election budgets can only ever be a charade

The impending election will mean a lot of spin and little substance from both sides of government in this year's federal budget.

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