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Oh crap... we solved the skills crisis!

Greg Miller's picture

Let’s for a moment imagine a future where we finally manage to reverse the seemingly endless decline of STEM enrolments in Australia. Sounds great, doesn’t it? But the National Ambassador at Young ICT Explorers, Greg Miller, explains why this is not enough.

Re-inserting “community” into Australian Vocational Education and Training

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Leading up to the federal election in July, Australian vocational education (VET) has now entered the political debate. CEO of Community Colleges Australia, Dr Don Perlgut, argues that the most cost-effective VET policy initiative is to reinvigorate the community education providers and build on their capacity.

Your chance to comment on NSW strata law reform

NSW Fair Trading logoYou’ve got until 27 May 2016 to have your say on NSW’s proposed strata regulations. Current government reforms in strata laws were informed by a highly successful community consultation facilitated by GAP and hosted on Open Forum in 2012.

It is time to put animals on the political agenda

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Animal welfare is a serious public policy issue, but so far Australia falls well behind other nations when it comes to how we treat our animals. Elise Burgess from animal protection institute Voiceless says it’s time to give animals a political voice and ensure their interests are put on the national agenda.

No budget emergency but also no genuine economic plan

Dominic O'Sullivan's picture

Federal Budgets are important statements of philosophical disposition, in particular for a vulnerable government two months before an election. Political scientist Dominic O’Sullivan says this year’s Budget gives away too many opportunities for opponents to argue that the ‘fairness’ test has been failed.

If I were the Federal Treasurer...

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On the weekend Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie announced that she’d like to see foreign aid slashed in this year’s federal budget as pensioners are doing it tough and need the money we're spending on overseas aid. International development specialist Belinda Lucas begs to differ.

The north, agriculture and the environment

GAP report: The north, agriculture and the environmentThe new GAP report discusses regional economic opportunities and environmental implications of agricultural development in northern Australia. It outlines a set of metrics to guide private sector investment decisions.


New free-range egg labels fail consumers and producers

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The new national standard for labelling free-range eggs, announced recently by state and federal consumer affairs ministers, fails both consumers and producers. Senior Lecturer in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Charles Sturt University, Dr Raf Freire, explains.

Have your say on innovation

NSW Government

The NSW Government wants your input to support innovation. You can comment on one of eight themes or make a general submission. You are invited to submit your feedback by 5pm 15 April 2016 via online consultation.


Funding public hospitals

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Our health system is facing ongoing challenges and will again be one of the big election issues this year. President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA), Professor Brian Owler, says we have reached a crisis point in public hospital funding that puts patients at risk.