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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.

Babies and children to go back to Nauru

Angela Beresford's picture

Hundreds continue to rally outside a Brisbane hospital against the deportation of an asylum seeker infant known as Asha. She is one of 267 refugees currently in Australia due to be sent back to detention on Naru. Angela Beresford says the Government’s tough stance makes her blood boil.

Closing the gap: Success in higher education but still more work to be done

Andrew Vann's picture

The yearly Closing the Gap report tracks how the Australian Government addresses Indigenous disadvantage. Professor Andrew Vann, Vice-Chancellor of CSU, explains how his university aims to incorporate Indigenous culture and knowledge in its learning.

Government needs to ensure Childcare Package boosts attendance of all children

Samantha Page's picture

Two reports released this week provide valuable information to assess the Government’s proposed Jobs for Families Childcare Package. Samantha Page, CEO of Early Childhood Australia, calls on the Federal Government to amend the Package Bill to ensure that all three and four year olds in Australia will be able to access early childhood education.

Why Australia should aim to become a "centre of excellence" for entrepreneurship by 2020

Tony Surtees's picture

We all agree that Australia must transform to deliver growth, jobs and prosperity, and innovation is central to that transformation. Let’s talk about entrepreneurship, the process that catalyses innovation, says Tony Surtees.

The Turnbull Government, the ALP and the political year ahead

Dominic O'Sullivan's picture

A sense of calm and policy focus came to distinguish the Turnbull Government’s first few months in office. Dominic O’Sullivan says the ALP would do well to enter the election campaign under the leadership of one who acts with the same clarity of purpose, confidence and certainty.