It's not always easy to measure a return on investment, and when it comes to public money being spent on sport the resulting benefits can be very hard to quantify. John Wilson looks at what the community gains when governments invest in sport.
Will the London Olympics result in national pride or national shame for sports-loving Australians? Ahead of the Olympics Daryl Adair looks at the level of anxiety already surrounding our medal chances.
With the cost of childcare up 11 per cent in the past year the Government moved to address the issue last month at a roundtable meeting with childcare providers and unions. Jen Dalitz says that childcare is an important issue for all Australians.
If you are to believe media reports and political polls it's seemingly inevitable that we will have a change of government at the next federal election. But Ian McAuley doesn’t acceptit’s the forgone conclusion many are predicting.
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.