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If I were the Federal Treasurer...

Belinda Lucas's picture

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

Raf Freire's picture

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

Professor Brian Owler's picture

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.

Beyond Federation: An educational and informative multi-question plebiscite?

Klaas Woldring's picture

Why should the public only be questioned on the one topic of same sex marriage, if we could cover a whole range of issues at the same time? Klaas Woldring can’t think of a more direct form of democracy.

A review of Robert Gordon's 'Rise and Fall of American Growth'

Ian McAuley's picture

The economist Robert Gordon has recently written The Rise and Fall of American Growth, and its findings apply with some adjustments to Australia too. Ian McAuley says anyone who believes that changes in “productivity” and “efficiency” can be captured in a few simple metrics would do well to read at least a few chapters of Gordon’s work.

Time for NDIS critics to show their cards

Craig Wallace's picture

There have been comments from the business sector that the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) should be slowed down. President of People with Disability Australia, Craig Wallace, says if the Business Council of Australia really thinks that Australians with disability and families shouldn't get reasonable and necessary support, it should have the courage and integrity to say so.

Proposed laws in WA violate peoples’ rights

Ben Mapuranga's picture

The Western Australian government has proposed laws which are aiming to clamp down on certain protests. Ben Mapuranga argues that these laws are draconian and violate the right to protest.

Grubs, tattoos and slay the dragon

Susan Hughes's picture

How can we change public perception of non-visible disabilities and empower sufferers to self-care? Susan Hughes is Director of not-for-profit organisation Dragon Claw, which provides information, support and self-care navigation for over 450,000 Australians.