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The newly created Critical Infrastructure Centre could assist overseas investors on whether they should bid for critical assets like ports. Julian Smith/AAP

Government’s new critical infrastructure list raises more questions than it answers for investors

The new Critical Infrastructure Centre might provide clarity on certain projects but it doesn't resolve the ongoing debate on what approach the government should take with foreign investment.
US President Donald Trump, flanked by Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (standing, L-R), Vice President Mike Pence, Staff Secretary Rob Porter and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus - in front of the new Oval Office gold curtains. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Going for gold: Trump, Louis XIV and interior design

Yellow-gold, swagged curtains have appeared in the Oval Office. But if Donald Trump wants to emulate the Sun King, he would be advised to look to contemporary artists and designers for inspiration.
Ben Carson, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to be secretary of housing and urban development, at Trump Tower. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Four key times presidential nominees failed to gain Senate confirmation

An analysis of four failed presidential cabinet nominees reveals what obstacles Trump's nominees might face during the confirmation process.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence, second from left, with House Speaker Paul Ryan, center, and other key Republicans discuss the repeal of Obamacare. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Winning over Congress’ key members would spell legislative victory for President Trump

An analysis of more than 30 years of congressional voting reveals that a few key members of Congress determine whether a president will achieve their agenda. Who are they, and can Trump win them over?
MYEFO leaves Treasurer Scott Morrison with the difficult task of managing Australia through a period of both sluggish GDP growth and a persistent budget deficit. Mick Tsikas/AAP

There are two big political problems buried in the latest budget update

Next year GDP will grow at the second-slowest rate in 16 years, according to MYEFO. This has big implications for unemployment and the deficit.

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