Public support for an Australian Republic has been falling over the past few years as interest in the Royal Family rises. David Morris says any potential new head of state could learn a lot from the Queen but should be there to represent Australia first and foremost.
The complexity of regulation and the costs of complying with it are often cited as impediments to business in Australia. Kelly O'Dwyer believes that, like bad health, bad regulation brings us all down.
The changing global environment means there is a need for a greater emphasis on biosecurity. The Australian Government is developing new legislation to replace the century-old Quarantine Act 1908. The new legislation is designed to manage the risks of animal and plant pests and diseases entering, establishing and spreading in Australia. Have your say on new biosecurity legislation by Friday 10 August 2012.
On ABC TV’s Q&A this week Senator Penny Wong was asked to justify her same-sex family. Dr Simon Crouch looks into that issue with a world-first study into the overall health and wellbeing of children of same-sex attracted parents.
The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency is asking for comments on the draft National Building Energy Standard-Setting, Assessment and Rating Framework. The consultation will provide stakeholders with the opportunity to review specific policy proposals in the Draft Framework and comment on ways to provide direction on future energy efficiency standards.
When no-one expects you to succeed it can be hard to prove them wrong. Jessica Brown believes that disadvantaged Australians suffer from a lack of expectations which has an effect on their aspirations.
Youth homelessness does not just mean someone sleeping rough on the streets. Today, on Youth Homelessness Matters Day, Narelle Clay urges Australians to consider how they can help young people in their community.