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Educate for the sake of the future

Ulrike Schuermann's picture

Ulrike Schuermann looks to the future and asks what do Australian children need and what can the public and the government do to help protect them and make their lives more secure?

Can republicans learn from the Queen?

David Morris's picture

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.

Bad regulation clogging the economic arteries of Australia

Kelly O'Dwyer MP's picture

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.

Emphasis on biosecurity

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.

Does it matter if our parents are gay or straight?

Simon Crouch's picture

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.

Building Framework input needed

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.

Is the growth of middle class welfare fact or fiction?

Gerry Redmond's picture

Gerry Redmond, Elizabeth Adamson and Peter Whiteford share their report on Australia's interesting relationship with middle class welfare.

Literacy for Aboriginal Australians a complex story

Debra Dank's picture

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights asserts that every person has the right to education, and good education starts with literacy. Debra Danks says opportunity begins with access.

Overcoming a culture of low expectations

Jessica Brown's picture

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.

Be part of the youth homelessness solution

Narelle Clay's picture

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.