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  • Voter trust in politicians hits a new low

    Michelle Grattan     |      December 11, 2019

    The Australian National University’s election study has underscored the woeful lack of trust voters have in the political system, and highlighted the role economic issues and Bill Shorten’s unpopularity played in the May poll outcome.

  • Australia’s slipping student scores will widen income inequality

    Richard Holden     |      December 11, 2019

    The skills children learn at school have dramatic implications for their own future and the nation’s productivity, living standards and income inequality.

  • The revenge of the state

    Darren Lim     |      December 11, 2019

    The ‘states versus markets’ debate has now firmly entered the realm of international relations, and ‘states’ appear to be winning.

  • How Australia can help curb illegal fishing

    Xuan Dung Phan     |      December 10, 2019

    Australia’s status as a trusted ‘middle power’ can help it combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in Pacific waters.

  • Engage the public in the fight against foreign interference

    Katherine Mansted     |      December 10, 2019

    Australian citizens are frontline actors in today’s national security challenges: as targets of malign interference and coercion, victims of collateral damage, and agents of national resilience.

  • The world can do more to fight chronic disease

    Open Forum     |      December 10, 2019

    There are plenty of evidence-based policy options for reducing chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease including tobacco taxes and encouraging exercise but many countries around the world are still not implementing them.

  • How green is sustainable fashion?

    Rimi Khan     |      December 9, 2019

    Can the trend towards buying sustainable fashion really help at a time of climate crisis, or should we simply be buying less clothing?

  • Pharmacies to the rescue

    Open Forum     |      December 9, 2019

    Pharmacists caught up in the Australian bushfire crisis are being hampered from providing timely and effective treatment to displaced people due to outdated laws, according to QUT researchers.

  • Field notes from the new Cold War

    Peter Jennings     |      December 9, 2019

    The growing pace of strategic change means that every week brings more data points charting the Indo-Pacific’s slide towards a riskier, more dangerous reality.

  • Remembering William Cooper

    Open Forum     |      December 8, 2019

    William Cooper is best known as a visionary campaigner for his own indigenous people, their equality under the law, and their right to be recognised as their land’s original custodians.

  • Watch your kids around water

    Open Forum     |      December 8, 2019

    Leaving young children unsupervised in or near water while checking a pot on the stove, hanging washing out to dry or monitoring other children can lead to tragedy.

  • Rewrite the building code to restore apartment buyer confidence

    Geoff Hanmer     |      December 8, 2019

    Governments and regulators assume compliance with building regulations will restore public confidence, but complying with the National Construction Code won’t fix many common defects.