• Abbott’s mandate for change

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      September 8, 2013

    On Saturday 7 September the Coalition Government led by Tony Abbott was victorious in the 2013 Federal Election. Charles Sturt University's Dominic O'Sullivan looks at the outcome and what it means for Australia.

  • Coalition wins 2013 Federal Election

    Open Forum     |      September 7, 2013

    The Australian people have had their say and elected the Coalition Government at the 2013 Federal Election.

  • End anti-competitive discounting of national supermarket chains

    Russell Zimmerman     |      September 5, 2013

    The two national supermarket chains are locking shoppers in with cross-subsidised fuel and grocery deals, argues Russell Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Australian Retailers Association. He urges both Government and Opposition to stand up for the consumers in Australia.

  • ‘Women’s issues’ and the inbuilt policy gender biases

    Eva Cox     |      September 2, 2013

    The paid parental leave plan Tony Abbott is offering has been met with outrage by some. Social and political researcher Eva Cox argues that we have still a long way to go before we can discuss such policy without sexism.

  • Paid parental leave and the possibility of structural change

    Kate Galloway     |      August 25, 2013

    Tony Abbott’s proposed paid parental leave scheme has been widely debated. Kate Galloway analyses the arguments that are being made for and against it and argues that the scheme is only one part of a much bigger project.

  • Women! Are you travel smart?

    Lena Aahlby     |      August 21, 2013

    Some countries can be quite unsafe if you are travelling alone. Lena Aahlby from StrategyforChange advises women in particular to learn about cultural norms and political realities in the places they are visiting.

  • Conference on Productive Ageing report released

    Open Forum     |      August 18, 2013

    Global Access Partner (GAP) and the Australian Centre for Health Research (ACHR) held a conference on Productive Ageing at NSW Parliament House on 17 May. They have now released their report.

  • Overpopulation drives boats

    William Bourke     |      August 7, 2013

    The debate around asylum seeker policy has become increasingly divisive this election year. William Bourke and Dr Jane O'Sullivan from the Stable Population Party say there are larger issues at play.

  • 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.