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Michelle Grattan

Michelle Grattan

Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra

Michelle Grattan is one of Australia's most respected political journalists. She has been a member of the Canberra parliamentary press gallery for more than 40 years, during which time she has covered all the most significant stories in Australian politics.

As a former editor of The Canberra Times, Michelle Grattan was also the first female editor of an Australian daily newspaper. She has been with the Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and Political Editor of The Age since 2004.

Michelle currently has a dual role with an academic position at the University of Canberra and as Associate Editor (Politics) and Chief Political Correspondent at The Conversation.

In her role at the University of Canberra, Michelle is teaching, working on research projects in politics and political communication, as well as providing public commentary and strategic advice.

She is the author, co-author, and editor of several books and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2004 for her long and distinguished service to Australian journalism.

Back-to-back Reserve Bank cuts take interest rates to new low of 1%

Jul 03, 2019 20:57 pm UTC| Insights & Views Central Banks

The Reserve Bank has cut the official interest rate by another 0.25 percentage points to a new low of 1%, reflecting continuing concern over the slow economy. Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe said the latest cut, which...

Grattan on Friday: Media freedom joins the current 'freedoms' agenda

Jun 07, 2019 16:00 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Scott Morrison is very concerned to protect freedom of religion, and many Liberals tell us we dont have enough safeguards for freedom of speech. Now the prime minister has on his hands a massive, unexpected and, for him,...

Frydenberg declares tax package must be passed 'in its entirety'

May 27, 2019 09:30 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

The governments tax relief package is shaping up as the first test of incoming opposition leader Anthony Albanese, with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg declaring on Friday it must be supported in its entirety when put to the new...

View from The Hill: Should Labor jump to new generation leader - and Morrison steal some Shorten policies?

May 20, 2019 22:20 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Scott Morrisons spectacular win, against all expectations, is attributable to a potent mix of his strengths and Labors weaknesses. Morrison, it turns out, was made in some political heaven where they forge ideal...

Shorten promises $2.3 billion package to relieve costs for cancer patients

Apr 05, 2019 10:20 am UTC| Insights & Views Health

Bill Shorten has promised his government would introduce a A$2.3 billion four year package to slash cancer patients out-of-pocket costs, and has committed $1 billion to give extra tax relief for low income earners, above...

Funding boost for policing finance sector, in budget that warns of economic softening

Mar 25, 2019 13:51 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

The April 2 budget will provide about A$600 million to pursue wrongdoers and help restore trust in Australias financial system. The budget, which will be a launching pad for the election, likely to be announced the...

Cabinet ministers Pyne and Ciobo set to head out door

Mar 01, 2019 13:41 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

The Defence Minister, Christopher Pyne and the Defence Industry Minister Steve Ciobo, both cabinet members, are set to announce they are quitting parliament at the election, in the latest of multiple high profile exits...

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Economy

Australian bonds jump after RBA September meeting minutes reflects "prepared to ease" policy stance

The Australian government bonds jumped during Asian trading session Tuesday after the Reserve Bank of Australias (RBA) September monetary policy meeting minutes hinted at further easing, noting prepared to ease monetary...

U.S. Treasuries suffer amid muted trading hours ahead of September retail sales

The U.S. Treasuries suffered during Mondays afternoon session amid a muted trading day that witnessed data of little economic significance ahead of the countrys retail sales for the month of September, scheduled to be...

UK gilts jump ahead of August employment report, 10-year auction

The United Kingdoms gilts jumped during European trading hours Monday ahead of the countrys employment report for the month of August and the 10-year auction, both scheduled for October 15 by 08:30GMT and 09:45GMT...

German bunds mixed ahead of October ZEW economic sentiment, eurozone September CPI

The German bunds remained mixed during European session of the first trading day of the week Monday ahead of the countrys ZEW economic sentiment index for the month of October, scheduled to be released on October 15 by...

Plunging U.S. inflation expectations likely to keep Fed on an easing course, says ING Economics

Plunging inflation expectations in the United States at a time of weakness in business surveys suggests the Fed will cut interest rates again in October, according to a recent research report from ING Economics. US...

Politics

Melania Trump reacts to Donald Trump cheating allegations

Donald Trump and Melania Trump have always been in the limelight since they tied the knot. But the status of their marriage has become much more exposed to public speculations once they occupied the White House. Many...

Melania Trump: Is she distancing herself from Donald Trump’s political woes?

The past weeks have been hectic for the Trump administration, especially after an impeachment inquiry has been officially launched in the Congress in late September against President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, it is hard not...

How a 1905 debate about 'tainted' Rockefeller money is a reminder of ethical dilemmas today

Many nonprofits, including top universities and museums are confronting serious ethical dilemmas regarding accepting tainted money. The MIT Media Lab, an interdisciplinary research lab, has been widely criticized for...

Trump's bad Nixon imitation may cost him the presidency

Whatever Donald Trump does, Richard Nixon usually did it first and better. Nixon got a foreign governments help to win a presidential election over 50 years ago. Trumps imitation of the master has proven far from...

Backing Putin: Russia's middle class is no longer a catalyst for democratic change

A wave of protests rocked Moscow and scores of other cities across Russia between 2011 and 2013. The demonstrators called for free and fair elections and some even demanded an end to the Putin regime. Many Russian...

Science

NASA rover allegedly captures an image proving there's life on Mars

It has been decades since humans started launching missions to space. At this point, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has already sent numerous rovers to Mars to observe the several sections of the...

Elon Musk reminded NASA it can share SpaceX’s IP to anyone; Agency unwilling to do so due to security concern

Elon Musk and NASAs partnership has been standing on rocky ground in recent months as the Commercial Crew endeavor has been delayed. The mission aims to put American astronauts to space using SpaceXs services, opting to...

NASA unveils the design of new spacesuit for Moon landing mission in 2024

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been preparing for its next Moon landing mission that will be taking place within the next few years. One of the important things the agency has been working on...

ESA detects 46-foot wide asteroid approaching Earth much closer than usual in 2084

A 46-foot asteroid was recently detected by the European Space Agency (ESA) and is making headlines even though its next Earth close-approach will not happen within the next decades. Certain qualities of the asteroid have...

NASA asteroid watch confirms 7 more space rocks are approaching Earth this weekend

Several asteroids have come close to the Earth over the previous days, and a few more will approach the planet this weekend. Scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have detected that seven...

Technology

‘PES 2020’ needs to address its AI performance ranging from the referee to the players themselves

PES 2020 is a superior version of its 2019 self and has been met with general positivity based on numbers shown by review aggregator site Metacritic. Having said this, the game does have several issues that can easily...

‘NBA 2K20’ is a casino simulator as much as it’s a basketball game

NBA 2K20 is perhaps the most blatant microtransaction triple-A title to come out in the history of gaming. Where other games would hide these predatory mechanics under the guise of gameplay and progression, 2Ks entry this...

Permanent jailbreak spanning millions of devices set to arrive soon amidst Apple trying to fix iOS 13

In late September, a security researcher going by the name of axi0mX announced that theyve found an exploit that can lead to a permanent jailbreak spanning millions of Apple devices. Called checkm8, the exploit is...

‘The Last of Us Part 2’ release date: Game director said giving NPCs unique name was quite the difficult feat

The Last of Us Part 2 is only a few months away, and Naughty Dog is ramping up the marketing campaign for the game. In recent weeks, the developers have been drip-feeding information about the title, and the gaming...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ release date: Developers doesn’t want microtransaction in the game; Fears backlash from players

Cyberpunk 2077 made an appearance in this years PAX Aus, and the developers have shared new details about the much-anticipated title. Among them briefly focused on the games story. Whats currently known is that...
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