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Australia’s budget bottom line has been assisted by the price of iron ore, which spiked in 2019 as a result of the tailings dam spill disaster near the town of Brumadinho, Brazil, in January. Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Vital Signs: Australia’s wafer-thin surplus rests on a mine disaster in Brazil

Charter of Budget Honesty aside, we can expect assumptions that stretch credulity so the Australian government can maintain its surplus forecast.
Australian Antonio Bagnato is on death row in Thailand, convicted of the murder of Wayne Schneider in 2015. AAP/supplied

As Thailand resumes executions, Australia must push its abolitionist stance

Australian national Antonio Bagnato is on death row in Thailand as that country resumes executions. The federal government must use all diplomatic means to push its anti-death penalty stance.

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