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The Australian Healthcare System – what’s wrong with it and how to fix it?

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For the next two months we will discuss Australia’s health. Introducing the topic is Kevin Austen who says to fix our Healthcare System we firstly need to agree on a common vision for it.

Australian health system: What needs to be done

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The Australian health system is often criticised. Chair of the Australian Centre for Health Research Alan Castleman says while the system is working well, there is room for improvement that requires changes in the way we think and act.

A vision for Australia? Sustainable Australia

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What is a ‘sustainable Australia’? William Bourke says we need a holistic policy framework that redefines growth in our finite world.

In 2010, in her first policy promise following the disposal of Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister, former Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the nation should not ''hurtle down the track towards a big population''. Ms Gillard declared she does not believe in a ''big Australia'', signalling a major shift in policy away from our nation's rapid population growth.

More specifically, Ms Gillard said ''I don't support the idea of a big Australia with arbitrary targets of, say, a 40 million-strong Australia or a 36 million-strong Australia. We need to stop, take a breath and develop policies for a sustainable Australia. I support a population that our environment, our water, our soil, our roads and freeways, our busses, our trains and our services can sustain.''

A ‘boring’ Budget?

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The Budget’s main goal was to position the Government for re-election. Dominic O’Sullivan says the importance of balancing the Budget raises deeply philosophical questions that are insufficiently ‘boring’ to provide political safety.

A better way for the government to stimulate the economy

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Are the measures in the Budget the best way to make progress on the structural issues Australia is facing? Ian McAuley and Miriam Lyons suggest a more assured way to revitalise the economy.

A Vision for Australia’s indigenous peoples

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Tony Abbott once said he hoped to be Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs. For GAP’s 'A Vision for Australia’ project, Dominic O’Sullivan explains why differentiated citizenship for indigenous peoples is the basis for meaningful political inclusion.

Cuts to aid funding in the Budget 2015 unfair and short-sighted

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The Government announced severe cuts to Australia’s aid funding in the Budget 2015. Dr Kylie Bourne explains why lifting people in our region out of poverty is in our own interest.

Working families benefit from reform of early childhood education

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The Federal Government has released a new childcare package on the weekend. Samantha Page, CEO of Early Childhood Australia, welcomes the reform but voices some concerns.

My vision for Australia – a Fair Go for all

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Do we need constitutional change? Max Thomas says the existing arrangements that served us well in the past are not well suited to our position in the contemporary world.

On Rainbow Street

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Seven years after the Northern Territory Emergency Response – the Intervention, as it came to be known – many communities are still struggling. Xenia Girdler tells the story of the remote East Arnhem community Ngukurr.