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Children in immigration detention: Worse than Guantanamo Bay?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Needles in haystacks: intelligence gathering, subjects and citizens

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Two American whistleblowers are currently in Australia to give talks on reclaiming one’s citizenry once it's lost. Binoy Kampmark says there is an obsession with controlling every facet of information as a means of protecting a state’s security.

It’s about what is wrong and what is right

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Politicians from both major parties keep using asylum seekers to score political points. Alycia Gawthorne from GetUp says that instead of operating on our most base human emotions, fear of the unknown, our actions should reflect our nation’s true values of mateship and a fair go.

Obituary: Australia’s carbon price

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Australia no longer has a carbon price, after it has been repealed in the Senate. Paul Twomey delivers the eulogy for a scheme that had passionate origins, but eventually found an untimely death.

Australia, we need to talk

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Australians are kind and generous people, but like anyone, we are prone to fear what we do not know. Alycia Gawthorne from the community advocacy organisation GetUp says it is up to us to start changing the way we talk about asylum seekers.