• Integrate self care into health policy

    Deon Schoombie     |      April 8, 2014

    The current health care system is under enormous pressure. Deon Schoombie, Executive Director of the Australian Self Medication Industry, wants a national conversation on how self care can be more fully integrated into our health care policy.

  • From Darfur to Cipayung: refugees are left stranded

    Antje Missbach     |      April 8, 2014

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott recently marked 100 days without an asylum seeker boat arrival. Antje Missbach follows up what happens to those asylum seekers who don’t make it to Australia.

  • The use of Victim Impact Statements in a NSW homicide trial

    Amber McKinley     |      April 4, 2014

    The NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson has proposed changes to legislation that forces courts to consider Victim Impact Statements when sentencing violent offenders. Amber McKinley argues that this raises questions about the value of one life compared to another.

  • States heading for a debt problem

    Robert Carling     |      March 27, 2014

    The state treasurers are meeting in Canberra today to discuss spending on infrastructure among other things. Robert Carling from The Centre for Independent Studies says that if the states want to be able to spend on infrastructure, they have to keep a tight rein on operating expenses for years to come as the debt of state governments has risen dramatically in the last years.

  • Inquiries and witch hunts

    Sheenal Singh     |      March 11, 2014

    Tony Abbott has announced a Royal Commission into union corruption. Sheenal Singh says it’s not the first time the far-reaching powers of a Royal Commission have touched the union movement.

  • To fix the Federation we must harness the digital revolution

    James Horne     |      March 4, 2014

    There are longstanding structural conflicts between the federal and state governments. James Horne, visiting Fellow in public policy/water at Australian National University, argues that we need to fundamentally rethink the allocation of roles and responsibilities.

  • Is Australia ready to thwart the cyber attacks?

    Tanveer Zia     |      February 28, 2014

    There is cause for concern that Australia's change of government has slowed down initiatives to protect businesses and institutions defend against online attacks. Dr Tanveer Zia, a cyber security researcher at Charles Sturt University, calls for the development of an Australian framework.

  • Time to scrap the charity commission

    Helen Rittelmeyer     |      February 13, 2014

    There have been calls to slash the charity regulator, the ACNC. Helen Rittelmeyer, Policy Analyst at CIS, urges the government to stay firm in abolishing the charity commission and reduce red tape in the not for profit sector.

  • The future of unions in Australia

    Ian McAuley     |      February 10, 2014

    Paul Howes, head of the Australian Workers Union, has called for a ‘grand compact’ to reduce conflict between business, unions and government. Ian McAuley says we still need unions, but they and other social and political institutions in our country need reconfiguring.

  • Heal our past, build our future together: the sixth anniversary of the apology to the Stolen Generations

    Florence Onus     |      February 7, 2014

    Six years ago today, the Australian Government apologised for the first time formally for the suffering caused to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Florence Onus is a survivor of the Stolen Generations and invites all Australians on a collective healing journey.

  • NSA Reforms: Obama leaves door open for further action

    Patrick Walsh     |      January 23, 2014

    US President Obama has released a plan overhauling his government’s surveillance activities. Dr Patrick Walsh, Senior Lecturer of Intelligence and Security Studies at CSU, says that the presidential directive is a small step in the right direction.

  • The political outlook for 2014

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      January 7, 2014

    The Government and the Opposition are preparing for the year ahead. Dominic O’Sullivan predicts that the budget is going to be a major talking point in 2014.