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Giving a voice to the community

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In a democratic society, every voice should have equal weight. Peter Fritz argues that it is not the institutions or formal titles that give individuals the power to make a difference, but an active participation in policy discussions.

Self-sustaining leviathan

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When Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney spoke off the cuff about American welfare recipients not paying tax, he drew a lot of criticism, even though he was factually correct. Robert Carling looks at the situation in Australia.

Why the silence on cuts to public education?

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There has always been public approval for programs that increase Australia's educational standards, with the public buying into the notion of upskilling in a competitive global economy. Maurie Mulheron comments on the recent announcement by the NSW government to cut funding to public schools.

Property levy threatened in new review

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The New South Wales Government is reviewing the emergency services funding system in a bid to make it more efficient. Brian McKinlay looks at the review from the perspective of the Rural Fire Service.

Uranium trade spearheads development of India partnership

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The Queensland Government has decided to recommence uranium mining following Julia Gillard's recent dicussions with India over the sale of uranium to the country. Michael Angwin says that decision supports the national interest.

Research revamp recommended

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Researchers have welcomed a new plan by the Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia to boost funding to the sector. Tony Peacock says if the recommendations are accepted we will see a decade of major cultural change in the medical research scene in Australia.

Foreign ownership debate needed

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A 2011 ABS survey investigated the level of foreign ownership of Australian farm land. It found that 89 percent of agricultural land was Australian-owned, but many are concerned that level is too high. Kelvin Thomson looks at the issues surrounding the ownership of our agricultural assets.

More Australians living in poverty

Poverty in Australia (Getty Images)

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has released a new report showing poverty in Australia remains a persistent problem with an estimated 12.8 percent of all people living below the poverty line. The report provides the most comprehensive picture of poverty in the nation since 2006 and shows that people who are unemployed, children, and those whose main source of income is social security payments, are the groups most at risk of poverty.

A deficit of stability and predictability

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The Federal Government has been forced to re-write the Budget it released just months ago due to a slump in Australian mineral prices. Robert Carling says a stable tax regime is more important than whether the budget is a few billion in surplus or deficit.

The IT experience - Is industry serious about the costs of doing business?

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This year the Federal Government held an inquiry into IT pricing in Australia. Ed Husic spoke at the GAP Productivity Summit about the importance of access to new technology for consumers and businesses.