Amanda Vanstone

Amanda Vanstone

Amanda Vanstone is a former Howard government minister, and regular columnist.

An audit of the present, a vision for the future

Amanda Vanstone A seminar on vertical fiscal imbalance is not something many of us would sign up for.

Media vultures circling Immigration Minister Scott Morrison are blind to facts

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Amanda Vanstone The minister has been the subject of some malevolent reporting. We should ask why.

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High expectations need to extend beyond our politicians to the media and ourselves

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Amanda Vanstone Politicians, journalists, indeed all of us, have a role to play in improving our democracy.

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Tony Abbott's government needs to make sure it's doing the things it was elected to do

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Amanda Vanstone It was a pleasant surprise to see Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten, together, in Afghanistan. Our troops deserve to have it made plain that we all understand their commitment and sacrifice.

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Make some allowances for common sense

Amanda Vanstone The guy paying the lowest rate of tax and the one paying the highest really are hoping it isn't wasted.

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Media-savvy asylum seekers play hardball

Amanda Vanstone From the media coverage, one could be forgiven for thinking Australia was to blame for the boat sinking.

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How we can pep up the great conversation of life

Amanda Vanstone The Senate vote should be a wake-up call to the major parties, for several reasons.

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Labor: the home of hot and cold-running policy

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd sign an agreement over asylum seekers.

Amanda Vanstone Under Rudd's earlier prime ministership Australia's once effective border control was trashed.

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For Mr Lucky, the hard part is about to start

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Amanda Vanstone Tony Abbott might be one of the luckiest politicians in my lifetime, but he must avoid Rudd's web.

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Obsession with winners and losers costs us dearly

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Amanda Vanstone Australian television seems to be obsessed with humiliating people. And if If we keep watching, the media will keep serving it up.

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Labor's easy path led us to this mess

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Amanda Vanstone The asylum seeker issue is entirely of the government's making.