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Australia needs a Royal Commission into the violence, abuse and neglect of people with disabilities

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We, as a nation, must review our attitudes and actions that enable and reinforce the abuse, neglect and violence against disabled people. Cheryl McDonnell says we need the power of a Royal Commission to review what has happened in the past, how it happened, and to understand what must be done to ensure the end of the abuse.

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation: The revival of populism in Australian politics

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Pauline Hanson has reappeared on the national scene and her party is likely to claim three seats in the Senate. Liam Lander explains why populist movements like hers exist and what impact in government One Nation could have.

The Chilcot inquiry report shows how intelligence and policy maker failure is linked

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This week the report following an inquiry led by Sir John Chilcot into the US-led coalition invasion of Iraq in 2003 has been released. Security expert Patrick Walsh talks us through the relevant points and the ultimate ‘slam dunk’ moment of the report.

Federal election 2016: Outcome and key players

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Australia has voted. With neither of the two major parties having a clear majority, what happens next? Political scientist Dominic O’Sullivan explains.

Great Barrier Reef: Springvale Station purchase

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Environment groups and scientists have hailed the Queensland Government’s recent move to buy a cattle station south of Cooktown as a victory for reef conservation. Max Thomas questions whether the purchase serves a well-planned purpose beyond a mere political one.

Mining the Liverpool Plains: No place for politics in proper policy process

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Politicians should respect the outcome of a robust policy process that gave Commonwealth approval for the Shenhua mine – even if they don’t like the result, writes James Horne.

Negative gearing changes: the unforeseen consequences

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One of the centerpieces of Bill Shorten’s election campaign is proposing changes to negative gearing and capital gains tax. President of the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales, John Cunningham, argues that executing these changes would be a mistake.

Part 3 of 3. Why Tesla and 200,000 Australian auto workers need each other

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There has been no mention of the elephant in the room during the lead up to the election. In his final blog of this series, Stewart Nattrass suggests to vote in the Senate for those that will support investigating how to attract Tesla to Australia.

Theme of upcoming GAP Summit announced

Spaces of Australian Innovation image for site newsHow can Australia build and nurture spaces for innovation and creative engagement so that we can become a truly innovative nation? This will be the key theme of this year’s Global Access Partners Annual Economic Summit in the NSW Legislative Assembly Chamber on 15 and 16 September.

Horrific live export footage demands immediate action: Voiceless

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Recent footage of the horrific abuse of exported Australian animals have again shown that the live export industry isn’t working. The animal protection institute Voiceless is calling on the Prime Minister to act now.