• Migration continues to reshape Australia

    Open Forum     |      May 1, 2018

    Population growth and distribution affect most areas of public policy and a new Treasury paper examines the benefits that skilled migration brings to Australia, while also accepting its challenges.

  • Is an Australian Republic a bridge too far?

    George Williams     |      April 19, 2018

    Half of the respondents in a recent poll said they favoured Australia becoming a republic. However there are still many hurdles in the path of those who wish to make an historic break with the British monarchy.

  • Why do we ignore Chinese political interference in Australian affairs?

    Clive Hamilton     |      April 5, 2018

    Clive Hamilton castigates the timid academics, publishers and politicians in Australia who shy from acknowledging the extent of Chinese Communist Party interference in Australian affairs.

  • Your chance to suggest topics for the 2021 census

    Open Forum     |      April 4, 2018

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics wants your help to decide which information to gather in the next Census.

  • The ‘gay wedding cake’ dilemma

    Liam Elphick     |      March 31, 2018

    Now that gay marriage has been legalised, how should Australia manage the inevitable clash between gay rights and religious sensibilities? Law lecturer Liam Elphick lays out the battleground.

  • Cambridge Analytica and the next Australian election

    Thom Dixon     |      March 31, 2018

    Last week’s revelations about Cambridge Analytica and Facebook are continuing to reverberate around the world. With an Australian federal election due within a year, the impact could hit very close to home.

  • Productivity Commission calls for customer focused reforms in human services

    Open Forum     |      March 27, 2018

    The Productivity Commission recommends steps to increase competition, contestability and informed user choice to improve human services in six vital areas of community provision.

  • More people will be homeless unless we change course

    Gavin Wood     |      March 20, 2018

    The latest census results prove that governments must reassess their approach to an increasing social problem. While drug abuse, domestic violence and other factors are important, structural problems in the housing market are exacerbating the climb in homeless numbers.

  • 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.

  • 116,000 people were without a home on Census night

    Open Forum     |      March 14, 2018

    More Australians are living on the streets, with 15% of recent migrants without a home to call their own. The homeless rate has increased 4.6% over the last five years, according to new data from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing.

  • The problem record immigration is supposed to solve doesn’t exist

    William Bourke     |      March 14, 2018

    Population is “the everything issue”. It affects all aspects of public policy and our daily lives. It is essential to get population policy right if we are to achieve critical public policy outcomes like secure jobs, affordable housing, better planning and a sustainable environment.

  • Opportunity knocks for Australian MSEs in Asia

    Valentin Henrio     |      January 17, 2018

    The rapidly expanding Asian economy offers unprecedented opportunity for Australia’s mid-sized enterprises. Valentin Henrio considers the possibilities.