• Politics and Policy

    Xi’s Chinese power grab weakens global democracy

    Thom Dixon |  March 18, 2018

    Xi Jinping has rewritten the Chinese constitution to install himself as President for life and his ruthless power grab has wider implications for democracy in Asia and the rest of the world.

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    Nine ways to fix Australia’s draft ‘strategy for nature’

    Bek Christensen |  March 18, 2018

    Despite its ‘green’ image, Australia has a woeful environmental record and the Federal Government’s draft conservation strategy will do little to protect our fragile natural environment. Australia’s Ecological Society offers 9 ways to improve the proposed policy before it is too late.

  • Politics and Policy

    The future of ASEAN

    Marty Natalegawa |  March 18, 2018

    Over five decades, ASEAN has helped to strengthen Southeast Asian political and economic relations, but important changes are required to ensure it remains relevant, including the addition of at least one more member state.

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  • Time for a national strategy?

    John Coyne     |      March 17, 2018

    Australia needs a lot more than luck or a ‘she’ll be right’ attitude to thrive in the uncertain and hyper competitive 21st century. Without a national strategy, the shaping of Australia’s destiny will be left to fate at best, or to foreign influence at worst.

  • Yes, kangaroos are endangered – but not the species you think

    Karl Vernes     |      March 17, 2018

    While our iconic large kangeroos are safe from extinction, many smaller and lesser known species are threatened by cats, foxes and mass scale habitat destruction.

  • Shorten in space

    Open Forum     |      March 17, 2018

    Labor is promising an investment of up to AU$35 million in a new space agency if it wins the next election, but co-investment from industry and universities must help get the program off the ground.

  • Stop the cyber-bullies and protect your children online

    Julie Inman - Grant     |      March 16, 2018

    With consistent research showing one in five young people have experienced cyberbullying, the eSafety Office is encouraging parents to talk to their children about how they engage online on a National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

  • It’s time to close the gap for good

    Christine Craik     |      March 16, 2018

    Christine Craik, President of The Australian Association of Social Workers, calls for significant and immediate action to address the entrenched inequality and disadvantage faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on National Close the Gap Day.

  • What’s it all about, Oxfam?

    Phil Vernon     |      March 16, 2018

    The scandal surrounding the exploitation of vulnerable local people by Oxfam workers has rocked the international development sector but activists and organisations alike should seize this opportunity to re-examine the future of foreign aid.

  • Even wealthy shareholders should help pay for essential services

    Cassandra Goldie     |      March 16, 2018

    The governments’ continued provision of essential health, aged care, NDIS and other services is shaky as long as large gaps in Australia’s revenue base remain and the well-off should not escape their share of the burden.

  • Human rights and ASEAN – A letter to the Prime Minister

    Elaine Pearson     |      March 16, 2018

    Human Rights Watch has joined the Australia-ASEAN summit debate with a detailed and worrying report on human rights violations across the Southeast Asian countries despite their growing wealth and this direct appeal to Australia’s Prime Minister.

  • ACCC slams opaque mortgage deals

    Open Forum     |      March 15, 2018

    An interim report by the ACCC has found the opaque pricing of discounts offered on residential mortgage rates makes it difficult for customers to make informed choices and penalises borrowers who stick with the same lender over time.

  • Better education and monitoring should reduce harm from opiods

    Open Forum     |      March 15, 2018

    Painaustralia is calling for better education and awareness around opioid use for pain management, in light of evidence of significant harms and increasing use of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain.