Cyclone damage and climate change, price control flap, VAT vagaries and false advertising...
Traffic congestion, aggregate delays, bureaucratic backlogs and an insulting advert - the fun never stops.
Pacific governments welcome new openings on labour mobility and Australian security support, but on a range of other political and security issues, there are fundamental differences.
Time to join the real world...
It is no surprise that offers from China, dubious or worthwhile, are so potent.
It also argued that community creation isn’t merely Australia offering favours — it’s a core expression of Australia’s interests and history and strategic needs. There’s always lot in it for us.
But as payback time arrives, governments are struggling to service and repay the loans, with Vanuatu forced to lift its GST-style consumption tax from 12.5 per cent to 15 per cent from January 1.
Income tax (yes, again); price control; Interpol; movie making, and the chance for a big jackpot!
The 3.7 billion people who make up the poorest half of the world saw no increase in their wealth last year. Nothing. Zero.
No country's aid should be used simply as a tool of transactional statecraft.