• Politics and Policy

    Will the new CIC reduce government corruption?

    Yee-Fui Ng |  December 15, 2018

    The Federal Government has finally announced steps to tackle corruption in its midst, however, while the model proposed is an improvement on the piecemeal status quo, it may not go far enough to be effective.

  • Science and Technology

    We have a Christmas comet

    Jake Clark |  December 15, 2018

    We’re in for a pre-Christmas treat this weekend, as the cosmos entertains us with two equally exciting gifts: the Geminid meteor shower and the interplanetary comet 46P/Wirtanen.

  • Politics and Policy

    Hatred is no substitute for strategy

    Susan Rhodes |  December 15, 2018

    Controversial political leaders such as US President Donald Trump stir up strong feelings in their opponents, but a calm and rational approach to political debate, rather than a surfeit of passion, is the best way to strengthen the democratic process.

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  • The ethics of the carbon economy

    Senator Eric Abetz     |      February 26, 2009

    The question is not only how can we make an emissions trading scheme fair and yet still work, but also: is now the right time to have one?

    The industrial revolution of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century marked a major turning point in human society, leading over the following centuries to rapid and unprecedented increases in life spans, living standards and general quality of life for those in the western world, culminating in the early 21st century with what economist Ross Garnaut has frequently described as the "Platinum Age".

    Little wonder that 180 years later the so-called "developing" countries are also seeking to build their own wealth and social well-being through similar means.

    The wealth and growth of the Platinum Age was built on the so-called "carbon economy", powered by two new sources of energy: coal, and then oil.

  • A multilingual Australia?

    MikeM     |      February 25, 2009

    The Rudd government has launched a modest initiative to encourage increased study of foreign languages at school. The government program is vital, but may not be sufficient.

    The Australian government has now launched a $62 million program to encourage school students to learn a second language. Funding for the program was provided in the 2008-9 federal budget.

  • Streamlining Carbon Data Collection

    Gaby McDonald     |      February 24, 2009

    Current business systems are financially focused and are not designed to handle non-financial data with accuracy.

  • Let’s Splash Cash on Elvis

    sally.rose     |      February 23, 2009

    The best way to express our gratitude to volunteer services would be to ease some of their burden by not relying on them so heavily. 

  • The Long Term Homelessness Problem

    MikeM     |      February 23, 2009

    The cost to the state of establishing permanently homeless people in homes may be less than the cost of leaving them on the streets. Most recently, a pilot program in Los Angeles has reported tentative success.

  • Forget the Carbon Economy

    Peter.Droege     |      February 22, 2009

     Instead of wasting time with an impossibly complex and ultimately hopeless carbon trade regime, let us swiftly implement a 100 per cent renewable energy system.

  • Nationalism VS Patriotism

    Hani Montan     |      February 19, 2009

    Assimilation of migrant parents into society is an essential step towards the elimination of conflict with their children. Children want to belong and be part of society, rather than be isolated by antagonism.  

  • Shopping around for “natural” beauty

    Catherine Fritz-Kalish     |      February 18, 2009

    We need standards to ensure that words like" natural" have a clear meaning. The personal care industry should follow the lead of food labelling requirements.

  • Are We All Keynesians Again?

    Robert Carling     |      February 18, 2009

    The stimulus measures adopted in late 2008 and early 2009 are excessive and largely of the wrong kind. It would have been better to accelerate desirable structural changes, such as permanent tax reform, which improve incentives for individuals and businesses.

    The unfolding global economic debacle has led many governments, including our own, to reach into their policy toolkits for fiscal stimulus measures. In doing so, they have revived fiscal policy as a counter-cyclical tool, which was so much in vogue until the early 1970s that Richard Nixon famously declared ‘We are all Keynesians now.’

    Are we all Keynesians again?  At first sight, fiscal pump priming might appear to have a lot going for it in current conditions: inflation is receding; spare capacity is increasing, at least in the major developed economies; and the crisis in the banking system is weakening conventional monetary policy.

  • A Spirit of Generosity – Now More Than Ever

    socialclubs     |      February 18, 2009

    Now more than ever, we need a spirit of generosity in our society.

  • The IT skills shortage we have to have

    Douglascomms     |      February 17, 2009

    Why fall over ourselves attempting to make IT look sexy for young people, while systematically excluding those who actually want to work?


  • Why is Carbon Capture and Storage Needed?

    Graeme.Puxty     |      February 17, 2009

    To meet our future energy needs in a cleaner way, we will need a mix of technologies, not just one.