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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.

Australia's budget update forecasts deficit of $1.1 billion this financial year

Dec 13, 2023 08:15 am UTC| Economy

The federal budget is headed for a small $1.1 billion deficit this financial year, according to the update released by Treasurer Jim Chalmers and Finance Minister Katy Gallagher on Wednesday morning. This is an...

Government to toughen scrutiny of international students as it slashes net migration over two years

Dec 11, 2023 06:56 am UTC| Insights & Views Life

Australias net-overseas migration levels will be cut dramatically over two years to bring the countrys exploding intake back to sustainable numbers. In estimates to be released on Monday, net-overseas migration will be...

Government's preventative detention for ex-detainees who pose serious risks set to pass this week

Dec 04, 2023 12:49 pm UTC| Law Politics

The government on Wednesday will introduce its legislation to enable preventative detention of former immigration detainees judged to pose a high risk of committing serious violent or sexual crimes. The legislation will...

'Father of Reconciliation' Pat Dodson to quit parliament

Nov 28, 2023 23:15 pm UTC| Politics

Labor senator Pat Dodson, often dubbed the father of reconciliation, is quitting parliament due to ill health. Dodson, 75, told the Labor caucus on Tuesday he would resign as a senator for Western Australia, effective...

Infrastructure review recommends culling 82 planned projects

Nov 19, 2023 06:02 am UTC| Economy

The Albanese governments infrastructure review has recommended 82 projects should be cancelled, after finding the $120 billion program unsustainable in its current form. Construction has not started on these projects....

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Economist Chris Richardson on a likely interest rate rise and the fall in living standards

Nov 02, 2023 12:02 pm UTC| Economy

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a report this week calling on Australia to raise interest rates again, adding to the speculation the Reserve Bank will increase the cash rate on Tuesday. If that happens it...

Global Geopolitics Series

View from The Hill: China-Australia relations head back to room temperature, with Albanese's November visit

Oct 23, 2023 08:18 am UTC| Insights & Views

The defrost in China-Australia relations started cautiously after the change of federal government last year. It then sped up, with developments culminating in the formal announcement at the weekend of the date for the...

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Economy

Marcos Expresses Optimism on Coca-Cola’s $1 Billion Expansion Plans in the Philippines:

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. welcomed the $1 billion expansion plans of the international beverage brand Coca-Cola in the Philippines. The Palace announced this development on Tuesday. Marcos engaged with Coca-Colas...

China’s doom loop: a dramatically smaller (and older) population could create a devastating global slowdown

China has announced that in 2023 its population declined from 1.4118 to 1.4097 billion people. Forecasting by the UN suggests Chinas population will dip to 1.313 billion by 2050 and then down to about 800 million by 2100....

The private sector housing experiment has failed: Ottawa must now step up on social housing

Politicians of all stripes say that housing affordability is a top priority. But few are saying much about social housing the kind thats needed for low-income households in greatest need of affordable rental...

Wholesale power prices are falling fast – but consumers will have to wait for relief. Here’s why

Wholesale power prices are falling steeply in Australia, following two years of surging prices after the Ukraine war triggered an energy crisis. New data shows annualised spot prices for power in Australias main grid fell...

Mortgage and inflation pain to ease, but only slowly: how 31 top economists see 2024

A panel of 31 leading economists assembled by The Conversation sees no cut in interest rates before the middle of this year, and only a slight cut by December, enough to trim just $55 per month off the cost of servicing a...

Politics

200 million voters, 820,000 polling stations and 10,000 candidates: Indonesia’s massive election, by the numbers

Indonesians are going to the polls to elect a new president today. There are three candidates running, alongside their vice presidential candidates. According to opinion polls, the favourite is Prabowo Subianto, leader...

How Muslim teachings support political dynasties in Indonesia

President Joko Jokowi Widodo is the latest high-profile political figure in Indonesia to attempt to build a political dynasty, loosely defined as a concentration of political power involving family members. Jokowis...

Russia’s next election is likely to put Putin in power for longer than anyone since Peter the Great

Presidential elections will be held in Russia in March. It is inevitable that the incumbent president, Vladimir Putin, will win. Putin has been in power (whether as president or as prime minister) since 2000. If he wins...

Rwanda deal: why the media should focus more on the policy and less on the politics of immigration

Heading into an election year, the governments handling of migration continues to dominate headlines. Much of the coverage has been about the plan to send those who enter the UK without legal paperwork to Rwanda. This...

Biden’s ‘hard look’ at liquefied natural gas exports raises a critical question: How does natural gas fit with US climate goals?

The Biden administration has frozen pending decisions on permit applications to export liquefied natural gas, or LNG, to countries other than U.S. free trade partners. During this pause, which will last for up to 15...

Science

The brain is the most complicated object in the universe. This is the story of scientists’ quest to decode it – and read people’s minds

In the middle of 2023, a study conducted by the HuthLab at the University of Texas sent shockwaves through the realms of neuroscience and technology. For the first time, the thoughts and impressions of people unable to...

Synthetic human embryos let researchers study early development while sidestepping ethical and logistical hurdles

Embryonic development, also known as embryogenesis, is a cornerstone in understanding the origins of life. But studying this marvel of intricate and layered biological processes in people faces considerable challenges....

Genetic diseases: How scientists are working to make DNA repair (almost) a piece of cake

I have always been fascinated by genetics, a branch of biology that helps explain everything from the striking resemblance between different members of a family to the fact that strawberry plants are frost-resistant. Its...

Orbital resonance − the striking gravitational dance done by planets with aligning orbits

Planets orbit their parent stars while separated by enormous distances in our solar system, planets are like grains of sand in a region the size of a football field. The time that planets take to orbit their suns have no...

Why now is the time to address humanity’s impact on the moon

Humans have always looked at the sky, using the stars as navigation guides or for spiritual storytelling. Every human civilization has looked to the stars and used celestial movements to measure time and find...

Technology

Xiaomi Announces HyperOS Update Timeline: Check if Your Device Is Listed

A notable feature of the Xiaomi 14 series is incorporating the innovative HyperOS software experience. HyperOS serves as a cohesive brand identity for the entirety of Xiaomis ecosystem, and it represents a discernible...

GoTo and TikTok Nearing Full Compliance with Indonesia's Trade Regulations

In a strategic pivot set to redefine Indonesias e-commerce landscape, GoTo Gojek Tokopedia (GoTo), in partnership with ByteDances TikTok Shop, is on the verge of complete regulatory alignment under Indonesias e-commerce...

Google Funds AI News Articles Amid Gemini's Rise: Evolution or Ethical Dilemma?

When used appropriately, generative AI is a phenomenal instrument; however, a significant concern is that it could be exploited to inundate the internet with articles. Notwithstanding this, Google reportedly remunerates...

'Road House' Screenwriter Sues Amazon, MGM Over Copyright and AI Voice Duplication

The 1989 action film Road House screenwriter sues MGM Studios and its owner, Amazon Studios, alleging copyright infringement regarding the forthcoming remake. According to the Los Angeles Times and The Hollywood...
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