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Your chance to comment on NSW strata law reform

NSW Fair Trading logoYou’ve got until 27 May 2016 to have your say on NSW’s proposed strata regulations. Current government reforms in strata laws were informed by a highly successful community consultation facilitated by GAP and hosted on Open Forum in 2012.

It is time to put animals on the political agenda

Elise Burgess's picture

Animal welfare is a serious public policy issue, but so far Australia falls well behind other nations when it comes to how we treat our animals. Elise Burgess from animal protection institute Voiceless says it’s time to give animals a political voice and ensure their interests are put on the national agenda.

No budget emergency but also no genuine economic plan

Dominic O'Sullivan's picture

Federal Budgets are important statements of philosophical disposition, in particular for a vulnerable government two months before an election. Political scientist Dominic O’Sullivan says this year’s Budget gives away too many opportunities for opponents to argue that the ‘fairness’ test has been failed.

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.