• Environment

    The difficult balancing act in the Murray Darling Basin

    Phil Eberbach |  February 21, 2019

    Low inflows of water into the Murray-Darling system and heavy agricultural extraction have contributed to the cataclysmic fish-kills of recent times, and better management of the system is required to avoid a repetition.

  • Security

    Defending the north – Then and now

    Richard Brabin-Smith |  February 21, 2019

    While most of Australia’s population lives in the south east, any threat to the country must be faced from the north, and so plans to strengthen Australia’s defences must begin there.

  • Health

    Everyone can help put the case for vaccination

    Jessica Kaufman |  February 21, 2019

    Falling vaccination rates are causing a resurgence of serious childhood diseases, but parents as well as doctors can help reverse the trend by advocating for immunisation.

Latest Story

  • Forward with fairness for asylum seeker policy

    Kerry Murphy     |      May 8, 2009

    A shift in the language reflects a more reasoned approach to the issue of asylum seekers.

  • Anti-Discrimination

    Hani Montan     |      May 6, 2009

    Education, and understanding history is essential to combatting racial discrimination  

  • Why the Financial System Matters

    patrickcallioni     |      May 5, 2009

    The economy is like a game of musical chairs, and when the music stops, we don't want crooks and cheats to be the only ones who can find a seat.  

  • Jobless families need work

    Jessica.Brown     |      May 5, 2009

    An economic downturn should be no excuse to lose the ground we have already won in reducing the number of jobless Australian families.

    Despite Australia coming off the back of a remarkable economic boom and enjoying historically low unemployment rates, in late 2008 almost one in eight Australian children lived in a family where no parent worked. Unbelievably, this figure is actually a marked improvement: family joblessness reached its peak in the mid 1990s when more than one in six children lived in jobless households.

  • The Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library

    David.Westgate     |      May 4, 2009

    This is one library where you won't be told to ssshhhhh!

    Sometimes you hear about ideas, which whilst so simple are yet so smart that you think to yourself why hasn't someone done this before? The Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library is one such idea.

  • Broadband Reform: Be Heard

    sally.rose     |      May 4, 2009

    A major hindrance to the effectiveness of government-run public consultations is that most of us often have no idea just how much we actually care until it's too late.

  • When I grow up I want to be…

    Raz Chorev     |      May 4, 2009

    If you want to always have a job there's only one thing you'll need to learn, and that's how to keep learning.  

  • Dignity of Risk: The right to self-governance for people with mental illness

    Craig.Parsons     |      May 2, 2009

    Dignity of risk is a term used to describe the right of individuals to choose to take some risk in engaging in life experiences. Craig Parsons says it is important that people with mental illnesses are not overprotected.

    The dignity of risk, or the right to failure, is a value first championed by advocates for people with physical disabilities.

    The dignity of risk, or the right to failure, is a value first championed by advocates for people with physical disabilities. It's an important concept for people living with a mental illness and one that mental health service providers should be mindful of.

  • Regulator Should Butt Out on Fibre-Optic Broadband

    Chris Berg     |      May 1, 2009

    It is unfortunate for consumers and businesses that Telstra’s potential $3 billion-plus investment in a large-scale fibre-optic network and the coming T3 sale have coincided.

    The debate over the two have rarely been separated, but at stake are two very separate issues, with very separate stakeholders. Treasury officials are concerned with maximising the price of Telstra’s sale, but consumers and businesses should be concerned about the circumstances in which we allow infrastructure investment in this country.

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  • Broadband Internet – Getting the Framework Right

    Chris Berg     |      May 1, 2009

    This blog was originally published at Online Opinion 4th January, 2007, and is re-published here with the kind permission of its author Chris Berg and the Institute of Public Affairs.

    The United Nations last month released a report on broadband policies for developing nations. Unfortunately, its recommendations provide little more than advocacy of futile, centralised, national "plans" to increase Internet availability and use.

    Similarly, policy makers across the Australia are formulating grand plans to resolve this county’s broadband crisis.

  • The Winds of Change Will Not Wait for Rudd’s Broadband

    Chris Berg     |      April 30, 2009

    This article is re-published here with the kind permission of it’s author Chris Berg, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs and Editor of the IPA review. It was first published at Crikey.com.au on 7 April, 2009

    The failure of the National Broadband Network tender to find a sensible and willing private sector company is not surprising. But the failure cannot be blamed on the global financial crisis  — the economy may look pretty dismal, but the government’s broadband policy was never very good anyway.

  • How Peter Costello looks from London

    patrickcallioni     |      April 30, 2009

    Peter Costello and Gordon Brown have a lot in common, it's strange the media doesn't seem to have noticed?