• 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.

  • Is a referendum on local government needed?

    Bede Harris     |      May 26, 2013

    The need for a referendum to reference local government in the Australian Constitution is debatable according to Dr Bede Harris. The senior lecturer in Law at Charles Sturt University asks why more important constitutional issues are not being addressed.

  • Helping our older residents to shift into the Third Age

    Sally Betts     |      May 24, 2013

    Australians are generally living longer and healthier lives. At the GAP/ACHR Conference on Productive Ageing, Sally Betts, Mayor of Waverly Council, explained how local governments can provide opportunities for older residents to engage in all spheres of community life.

  • Still a long way to go for Australia’s gun laws

    Sam Lee     |      May 8, 2013

    After the Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania 17 years ago, Australia’s gun laws were significantly tightened. With Firearm Consultative Committees full of pro gun lobby groups, there is still a lot to be done, says Samantha Lee from Gun Control Australia.

  • Beyond the Clever Country

    Tara Brabazon     |      April 26, 2013

    As the Federal Government is proposing to cut the funding to universities to help reform the school sector, Tara Brabazon, Professor of Education and Head of the School of Teacher Education at Charles Sturt University, argues that we are jeopardising the future of education.