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Gene patents not so bad

Alberto Giubilini's picture

There has been strong opposition to a Federal Court decision that human genes can be controlled by private companies. Medical ethicist Dr Alberto Giubilini says the patenting of genes by private companies is not necessarily a bad thing provided it’s well regulated.

What are voters’ attitudes to constitutional change?

Bede Harris's picture

Australians have been asked what they think of a constitutional reform. Bede Harris says the survey indicates that voters are far more willing to consider reform than has previously been supposed.

The intervention versus homelands – shattered ambitions

Brendan Howden's picture

Homelands began in the 1960s in a political climate of increasing recognition of Indigenous rights and progressive reform. Brendan Howden says homelands offer a more successful and sustainable way forward for remote area Aboriginal people than the intervention model.

Australians an endangered species?

Laurence Strano's picture

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has raised the terror alert to “high”, meaning the risk of an attack is likely. Laurence Strano says that important questions need to be answered in order to make Australia once again safe from threat.

Children in immigration detention: Worse than Guantanamo Bay?

Angela Beresford's picture

There is mounting evidence that children in immigration detention are subject to appalling physical and mental maltreatment. Angela Beresford speculates about the political motives of the Australian Government.

Keep the Renewable Energy Target

Kevin Parton's picture

A government-commissioned review has recommended scaling back the Renewable Energy Target (RET). Professor Kevin Parton, an expert in the economics of climate change policy, believes this would be a mistake.

Team Australia: From bad fashion to bad politics

Binoy Kampmark's picture

Tony Abbott recently declared that everyone has got to be on ‘Team Australia’. Binoy Kampmark argues that the politics of division can never unite and are bound to send groups into even more insularity.

Engaging with Asia in higher education

James Guthrie's picture

Australia’s higher education system is a major export market in particular in Asia. James Guthrie argues that we need to protect this important source of revenue by maintaining and improving the quality of higher education in Australia.

Commercialising university research: a good but costly move

Tim Mazzarol's picture

The federal government is seeking to restructure the way university research funding is allocated to foster more applied outcomes. Tim Mazzarol explains why strengthening the relationship between universities and industry makes sense.

Why Australia needs a cyclists party

Omar Khalifa's picture

The Australian Cyclists Party has recently been approved to be a registered Federal party. Its President and Founder Omar Khalifa says we need to rethink our priorities if we want to improve traffic congestion, our health and the environment.