• Australia has the wealth to ensure a sustainable future, but too many people are being left behind

    Sue Richardson     |      September 26, 2018

    The purpose of our social, economic and political systems is to enable all Australians to lead good lives. Australia is doing well on some fronts, but worrying pockets of inequality remain.

  • Helping care leavers connect with their past

    Andrew Trounson     |      September 26, 2018

    Find & Connect is a living history project that provides an opportunity for people who lived in care to tell their side of the story.

  • Getting real on the strawberry needle risk

    Anna Kosovac     |      September 25, 2018

    Instances of strawberries being sabotaged with sewing needles has sparked a national scare in Australia, but perceptions of risk and actual risk can be very different things

  • Taking a clear look at inequality

    Roger Wilkins     |      September 22, 2018

    Politicians are right when they say that the best anti-poverty measure is a job, but they don’t always provide a policy environment to help that to happen for everyone. The inflexibility and cost of the childcare system, for example, creates substantial barriers to employment of single parents.

  • Charity review calls for higher disclosure requirements

    Open Forum     |      September 21, 2018

    An academic review of 342 not-for-profit organisations has found that only 55 published annual reports and financial statements which disclosed the dollar amount spent to achieve their social mission.

  • AI could free more men to do care work

    Katharine McKinnon     |      September 18, 2018

    As robots and AI “take our jobs”, the care work that underpins all workplaces – and homes, and schools, and communities – ought to come to the fore for men as well as women.

  • Why international sports regulation needs reform

    Lloyd Freeburn     |      September 18, 2018

    International sport has been afflicted by frequent and apparently systemic governance and corruption scandals in recent years. Rather than being a succession of one-off problems, these scandals can be seen as evidence of deep-seated issues in the fundamental structure of how sport is governed.

  • An Australia unified through the pursuit of self-interest

    Kay Harrison     |      September 14, 2018

    Noel Pearson delivered an optimistic “Declaration to Australia”, along with a series of “uncomfortable but necessary truths”, to a packed theatre at UNSW Sydney during this year’s Hal Wootten Lecture.

  • Why digital government isn’t working in the developing world

    Rania Fakhoury     |      September 14, 2018

    Donor-driven e-government projects in developing countries often attempt to transplant what was successful elsewhere. But success requires buy-in from locals – both governments and citizens alike.

  • Retiring at 70 was an idea well ahead of its time

    Rafal Chomik     |      September 8, 2018

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison has abandoned the Coalition’s long-held commitment to lift the pension age from 67 to 70 but the greater debate about responding to the challenges of an ageing population is only just beginning.

  • Introducing land rent, the ACT’s excellent idea for making houses cheaper

    Cameron Murray     |      September 5, 2018

    What if there was a way, right now, to offer a form of secure long-term home ownership to renters while saving them about half their housing costs?

  • Australia’s friendly history

    Roland Wettenhall     |      September 1, 2018

    When a worker was injured in 19th century Australia, their prospects were bleak. They wouldn’t receive sick pay or worker’s compensation, and often faced starvation or relying on charity. But, in the days before governments stepped in to provide welfare, friendly societies provided vital financial and social support to many Australian communities.