• Why we should be concerned about food security

    Sarah Norgrove     |      July 31, 2013

    Australian food prices are going up and Asia’s food demand is increasing, while environmental and logistical risk factors are at play. Sarah Norgrove from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute analyses the challenges lying ahead.

  • Harshness before sense? The PNG solution

    Binoy Kampmark     |      July 23, 2013

    Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced that asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat will be processed in Papua New Guinea and resettled there, if found to be refugees. Binoy Kampmark explains why he doesn't agree with this hardline approach.

  • Is it wrong to vote?

    Piero Moraro     |      July 21, 2013

    Soon again every Australian will have to step into a voting booth for the federal elections. Dr Piero Moraro from the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences raises the ethical question if voting could be legally right and morally wrong at the same time.

  • Political turmoil from a financial perspective

    John Craig     |      July 10, 2013

    There is an ongoing discussion about the political consequences of having Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister. John Craig from Bell Potter explores what it means for the financial markets.

  • Children in detention: child rights not refugee fight

    Leila Druery     |      July 3, 2013

    The new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has set the issue of asylum seekers high on his political agenda. Leila Druery, a refugee advocate for activist group GetUp!, describes the plight of children in mandatory detention and argues that their rights should come before political considerations.

  • Kevin Rudd’s challenge to sustain public goodwill

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      July 1, 2013

    Kevin Rudd’s reinstallment as Prime Minister after a dramatic victory over Julia Gillard has exposed profound operational problems within the Labor Party. Dominic O'Sullivan, associate professor in political science at Charles Sturt University, says one lesson to learn is that trust is important in politics.

  • The Gillard Legacy

    Open Forum     |      June 27, 2013

    After much leadership speculation and divide, Kevin Rudd has taken over the Labor leadership and has been sworn in as Prime Minister. Claire Braund, Executive Director of Women on Boards, looks at the eventful removal of Australia’s first female Prime Minister on 26 June 2013.

  • The Gillard Legacy

    Claire Braund     |      June 27, 2013

    After much speculation and divide Kevin Rudd has taken over the Labor leadership and has been sworn in as Prime Minister. Claire Braund, Executive Director of Women on Boards, looks at the eventful removal of Australia's first female Prime Minister on 26 June 2013.

  • Sexual assault does not happen in a vacuum

    Karen Willis     |      June 26, 2013

    After Jill Meagher's rape and murder there have been suggestions that the justice system is failing victims of sexual assault. Karen Willis, Executive Officer of NSW Rape Crisis Centre, says we need to change the attitudes that create the culture in which sexual assault occurs.

  • Making the republic about the Australian people

    David Morris     |      June 7, 2013

    Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan and Liberal frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull have launched a collection of essays arguing for Australia to become a republic. David Morris, National Director of the Australian Republican Movement, explains why it is vital to involve the Australian public in this debate.

  • EU Justice Scoreboard long overdue

    Marta Conejo Sobrino     |      May 28, 2013

    The bureaucratic process of the legal system in Spain is notoriously lengthy and the record of charges dropped long. The new EU Justice Scoreboard is therefore long overdue, says Spanish journalist Marta Conejo Sobrino.

  • Harnessing the Ageing Boom

    Senator Eric Abetz     |      May 27, 2013

    The Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Eric Abetz delivered the opening address to the Productive Ageing Conference at NSW Parliament House in Sydney on Friday 17 May. In his speech he argued that Australia needs to put public policy parameters in place in order to use the talent of our ageing population.