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Australia’s role in the globalised technocratic 21st century economy

David Coleman's picture

More than half of the jobs students are currently studying for will be automated in 10 years. David Coleman says we need to give young people a chance to develop skills which are relevant to their future.

A share in public authority for indigenous peoples

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If we are prepared to accept the ethnic discrepancies in our health system, what does this say about our conceptions of justice and the values we hold? Dominic O’Sullivan says we need political arrangements that allow indigenous peoples to be included, not merely consulted, in policy development.

Establishing a consensus of what’s fair and reasonable for all

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Probably no politician would explicitly advocate unfairness – but what exactly is fair, just and equitable? Dr Neil Byron says we need a broad-based discussion of what we want our society, economy and environment to look like in the next 50 years.

The acceptable face of racism: Islam and Reclaim Australia

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Federal Coalition MP George Christensen spoke at a rally of the anti-Islamic movement Reclaim Australia in Mackay, with similar events happening across Australia this weekend. Binoy Kampmark says political figures like Christensen are driven by fanciful fears and ruthless political cynicism.

The status of Australia's compliance with the Refugee Convention

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In recent months, a situation which may amount to genocide with the Roingya in Myanmar has emerged. David Coleman says the status of Australia's compliance with the Refugee Convention is in crisis.

The Australian Healthcare System – what’s wrong with it and how to fix it?

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For the next two months we will discuss Australia’s health. Introducing the topic is Kevin Austen who says to fix our Healthcare System we firstly need to agree on a common vision for it.

Australian health system: What needs to be done

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The Australian health system is often criticised. Chair of the Australian Centre for Health Research Alan Castleman says while the system is working well, there is room for improvement that requires changes in the way we think and act.

A vision for Australia? Sustainable Australia

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What is a ‘sustainable Australia’? William Bourke says we need a holistic policy framework that redefines growth in our finite world.

In 2010, in her first policy promise following the disposal of Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister, former Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the nation should not ''hurtle down the track towards a big population''. Ms Gillard declared she does not believe in a ''big Australia'', signalling a major shift in policy away from our nation's rapid population growth.

More specifically, Ms Gillard said ''I don't support the idea of a big Australia with arbitrary targets of, say, a 40 million-strong Australia or a 36 million-strong Australia. We need to stop, take a breath and develop policies for a sustainable Australia. I support a population that our environment, our water, our soil, our roads and freeways, our busses, our trains and our services can sustain.''

A ‘boring’ Budget?

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The Budget’s main goal was to position the Government for re-election. Dominic O’Sullivan says the importance of balancing the Budget raises deeply philosophical questions that are insufficiently ‘boring’ to provide political safety.

A better way for the government to stimulate the economy

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Are the measures in the Budget the best way to make progress on the structural issues Australia is facing? Ian McAuley and Miriam Lyons suggest a more assured way to revitalise the economy.