• Politics and Policy

    Trumpism down-under

    Mark Kenny |  January 19, 2021

    Australians followed the 2020 presidential race in the United States with greater-than-usual interest, but the spectacle might herald a plausible descent for Australia’s politics, too.

  • Coronavirus

    Lessons learned from the plague year

    Connor Bamford |  January 19, 2021

    A year on, the COVID pandemic has proved the value of science and the importance of social solidarity in the face of a common threat.

  • Media

    Images and distorted facts

    Mark Pearson |  January 19, 2021

    We live in a dangerous age where the internet makes it possible to spread misinformation far and wide and many people lack the skills to discern fact from fiction. Here are five ways for us all to improve our media literacy and fact-checking skills.

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  • Why the Financial System Matters

    patrickcallioni     |      May 5, 2009

    The economy is like a game of musical chairs, and when the music stops, we don't want crooks and cheats to be the only ones who can find a seat.  

  • Jobless families need work

    Jessica.Brown     |      May 5, 2009

    An economic downturn should be no excuse to lose the ground we have already won in reducing the number of jobless Australian families.

    Despite Australia coming off the back of a remarkable economic boom and enjoying historically low unemployment rates, in late 2008 almost one in eight Australian children lived in a family where no parent worked. Unbelievably, this figure is actually a marked improvement: family joblessness reached its peak in the mid 1990s when more than one in six children lived in jobless households.

  • The Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library

    David.Westgate     |      May 4, 2009

    This is one library where you won't be told to ssshhhhh!

    Sometimes you hear about ideas, which whilst so simple are yet so smart that you think to yourself why hasn't someone done this before? The Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library is one such idea.

  • Broadband Reform: Be Heard

    sally.rose     |      May 4, 2009

    A major hindrance to the effectiveness of government-run public consultations is that most of us often have no idea just how much we actually care until it's too late.

  • When I grow up I want to be…

    Raz Chorev     |      May 4, 2009

    If you want to always have a job there's only one thing you'll need to learn, and that's how to keep learning.  

  • Dignity of Risk: The right to self-governance for people with mental illness

    Craig.Parsons     |      May 2, 2009

    Dignity of risk is a term used to describe the right of individuals to choose to take some risk in engaging in life experiences. Craig Parsons says it is important that people with mental illnesses are not overprotected.

    The dignity of risk, or the right to failure, is a value first championed by advocates for people with physical disabilities.

    The dignity of risk, or the right to failure, is a value first championed by advocates for people with physical disabilities. It's an important concept for people living with a mental illness and one that mental health service providers should be mindful of.

  • Regulator Should Butt Out on Fibre-Optic Broadband

    Chris Berg     |      May 1, 2009

    It is unfortunate for consumers and businesses that Telstra’s potential $3 billion-plus investment in a large-scale fibre-optic network and the coming T3 sale have coincided.

    The debate over the two have rarely been separated, but at stake are two very separate issues, with very separate stakeholders. Treasury officials are concerned with maximising the price of Telstra’s sale, but consumers and businesses should be concerned about the circumstances in which we allow infrastructure investment in this country.

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  • Broadband Internet – Getting the Framework Right

    Chris Berg     |      May 1, 2009

    This blog was originally published at Online Opinion 4th January, 2007, and is re-published here with the kind permission of its author Chris Berg and the Institute of Public Affairs.

    The United Nations last month released a report on broadband policies for developing nations. Unfortunately, its recommendations provide little more than advocacy of futile, centralised, national "plans" to increase Internet availability and use.

    Similarly, policy makers across the Australia are formulating grand plans to resolve this county’s broadband crisis.

  • The Winds of Change Will Not Wait for Rudd’s Broadband

    Chris Berg     |      April 30, 2009

    This article is re-published here with the kind permission of it’s author Chris Berg, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs and Editor of the IPA review. It was first published at Crikey.com.au on 7 April, 2009

    The failure of the National Broadband Network tender to find a sensible and willing private sector company is not surprising. But the failure cannot be blamed on the global financial crisis  — the economy may look pretty dismal, but the government’s broadband policy was never very good anyway.

  • How Peter Costello looks from London

    patrickcallioni     |      April 30, 2009

    Peter Costello and Gordon Brown have a lot in common, it's strange the media doesn't seem to have noticed?

  • Leveraging opportunities for low-carbon innovation

    Andrew Jones     |      April 30, 2009

    Any policy prevarication and lack of coherency in a supportive innovation framework would undermine Australia’s potential to succeed in the global carbon market.

    Many organisations are overwhelmed by having to make seemingly large adaptations in the transition to the carbon economy. While I’m convinced it needn’t be so scary, there are a host of issues that need to be addressed and explored in the short term to enable an appropriate transition.

    Certainly, there will be some teething problems whilst we calibrate what the carbon market will look like in Australia and in the context of an emerging framework.  However, with the right design, the end result should be of net economic benefit to the Australian economy overall. This has been attested to in the Garnaut review.

  • Difficulties for Women on the Rise

    Yu Dan Shi     |      April 29, 2009

    Recent studies from around the world paint a clear picture: developing women in business is worth the effort.   

    Being interviewed for the The McKinsey Report, one female CEO reflected that thirty years ago she never would have imagined women’s development in business would have progressed so slowly.

    Although the first phase of the battle has been won on the twin fronts of equality in educational opportunities and workforce participation, the barriers to women’s career development have persisted.

    Three recent reports from: McKinsey & Co UK, The European Diversity Commission & The Institute for Employment Studies  may shed some light on why this is so.

    In Australia, women now experience equal or greater representation in the fields of law, economics and business. However, at the senior executive level this figure falls to an average of 10.7%, dwindling further to only 2% of those sitting in the CEO’s chair.