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Australia - a new federation, a new republic, a new hope

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Is it time to abolish the States? The political and constitutional barriers are large. David Thorp offers an alternative vision for Australia that he thinks could inspire the majority of voters.

Our History, Our Story, Our Future

Reconc iliation AustraliaNational Reconciliation Week (NRW) from 27 May to 3 June celebrates and seeks to form meaningful and respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

Liberty is the highest political end

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If the pinnacle of government is liberty, then surely this includes the freedom to speak and ask questions. Cheryl McDonnell urges us to stand up for people like Duncan Storrar, because the next liberty to be taken might well be our own.

Silencing democracy – the media and Duncan Storrar

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A group of disabled peoples organisations, not for profits, community leaders, Human Rights lawyers, unions and commentators on civic participation have issued a Statement of Concern about the media treatment of Duncan Storrar after asking a question as an audience member on the ABC television program Q&A. Craig Wallace, President of People with Disability Australia, explains.

Oh crap... we solved the skills crisis!

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Let’s for a moment imagine a future where we finally manage to reverse the seemingly endless decline of STEM enrolments in Australia. Sounds great, doesn’t it? But the National Ambassador at Young ICT Explorers, Greg Miller, explains why this is not enough.

Re-inserting “community” into Australian Vocational Education and Training

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Leading up to the federal election in July, Australian vocational education (VET) has now entered the political debate. CEO of Community Colleges Australia, Dr Don Perlgut, argues that the most cost-effective VET policy initiative is to reinvigorate the community education providers and build on their capacity.

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

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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

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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...

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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.