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Labor leader Bill Shorten has shown, with the announcement of the party’s super plan, that he’s willing to cooperate with the government on some measures. Mick Tsikas/AAP

A super test for Australia’s political system

Labor's superannuation plan shows some promise for budget repair, if the two parties can compromise where it counts.
Donald Trump in Scotland – musicians have asked that he refrain from using their songs at his political events. David Moir/Reuters

Long before Trump rolled in the deep, music and politics were entwined

The golden days of the 1960s protest song may be past, but music is still used across the world as a vehicle to voice political views. More than a sideshow, it can be a form of mobilisation and an expression of 'soft power'.
London’s trading strength has evolved from dockyard cranes to high finance. Rubén Moreno Montolíu/Flickr

Britain drops one deficit target and ends up facing a new threat

As the budget deficit fades from political view, anxiety shifts to the much wider current account deficit. It may signal UK dynamism, but neither financing nor closing it look easy after Brexit.
HILDA data shows superannuation will soon overtake the family home as the major asset owned by Australians. Paul Miller/AAP

Wealth inequality shows superannuation changes are overdue

Superannuation changes are sorely needed because recent data shows only a small number of wealthy Australians are accumulating wealth through it.
“Every day I wake up determined to deliver for the people I have met all across this nation that have been neglected, ignored, and abandoned.” Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

In acceptance speech, Trump embraces role as hero of the forgotten

Trump appeared surprisingly presidential. According to a scholar of American political rhetoric, there were echoes of Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Reagan.
Now that the election is done and dusted what needs to change in politics? Dean Lewins/AAP

Lessons from the election

The major parties seem to be having considerable difficulty drawing lessons from the recent election campaign. Of course, there are many. The most obvious, but probably the most difficult for them to accept…
Disputed: Taiping Island, in the South China Sea. Office of the President of Taiwan

Business Briefing: Trouble in the South China Sea

Business Briefing: Trouble in the South China Sea. The Conversation14.1 MB (download)
The international court ruling against China's expansion in the South China Sea puts Australia in a tricky situation.

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