• Politics and Policy

    Decoding the ASEAN declaration

    Greg Earl |  March 19, 2018

    As the ASEAN summit wraps up, the Sydney Declaration has subtly taken Australia’s relationship with its closest Asian neighbours into new territory after a diverse week of engagement from soccer to social entrepreneurs.

  • Politics and Policy

    The mundane reality of ‘Think Tanks’

    Keshia Jacotine |  March 19, 2018

    Think tanks are a source of both fascination and fear for the media. The reality of efforts to influence policy-making is far more prosaic and think tanks continue to evolve to survive in a changing political landscape.

  • Politics and Policy

    The ‘Game of Thrones’ in our own backyard

    Allan Gyngell |  March 19, 2018

    Allan Gyngell, the National President of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, discussed the challenges posed by China’s growth at a recent NZIIA conference and warned that ‘winter is coming’.

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  • 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.

  • Australians want community consent on new mining developments

    Emily Lehmann     |      March 15, 2018

    A new national survey on citizen attitudes toward mining shows that three-quarters of Australians think mining companies should gain consent from local communities before development.

  • The new drive to reduce smoking in Aboriginal communities

    Open Forum     |      March 15, 2018

    A new scheme is set to launch in 30 health services across Australia with the challenging aim of helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women not only understand the dangers of smoking during pregnancy, but to ultimately quit for good.

  • 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 left shouldn’t own the green agenda

    James Alexander     |      March 14, 2018

    Although green issues are often seen as the province of the left, James Alexander argues that conservation and respect for the natural world should lay at the heart of true conservative values.

  • 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.

  • A crisis of trust – The rise of Australian protest politics

    Danielle Wood     |      March 13, 2018

    Protest politics is on the rise in Australia, and the main cause is collapsing trust in politicians and the major parties, according to a new Grattan Institute report.