• #StandwithUkraine

    Ukraine is fighting our war

    Brendan Nicholson |  March 3, 2024

    On the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of his country, Ambassador Vasyl Myroshnychenko has delivered a blunt and heartfelt message to Australia—Ukraine is fighting our war.

  • Politics and Policy

    Listen to the people

    Ross Carroll |  March 3, 2024

    Although he once quipped that “You can never plan the future by the past” could the work of 18th-century political theorist Edmund Burke, famed for his cautionary take on the French Revolution, help modern democracies escape their current malaise?

  • Science and Technology


    Open Forum |  March 3, 2024

    A CSIRO team aboard research vessel (RV) Investigator has helped Heritage NSW solve a 120-year mystery with the discovery of the SS Nemesis, a 73-metre iron-hulled steamship that was lost at sea in 1904.

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    The Hot Tip

    sally.rose     |      September 24, 2008

    Leaving a tip is a much more compicated transaction than you may have ever imagined as poor regulation has created a moral minefield that needs to be carefully navigated.

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    More than just lip-service

    Anne Summers     |      September 23, 2008

    It is great to see women’s employment issues and problems – such as lack of equal pay, lack of child care, lack of paid maternity leave – finally being acknowledged and put back onto the political agenda.

    While in my last blog I suggested the government has done well in promoting women to senior roles in cabinet, it is important that it does not commit the mistake of typecasting women as mothers, thus alienating those who have yet to have kids, or whose kids have already grown. 

    I was disappointed that the Rudd government decided not to reverse the previous government’s downgrading of the women’s policy advice function from the Prime Minister’s department to the welfare area.

    As you will recall, the Howard government not only downgraded the Office of the status of Women but also changed its name – to the Office for Women. We lost our power – and our status. 

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    The Great Game Mark II

    Warren Reed     |      September 17, 2008

    Immortalised by Kipling in 1901, at a time when Central Asia was seen by many strategists as the geopolitical centre of the world, now, in the early part of another century, 'The Great Game' is on again.

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    An Image Makeover for Regulation

    Peter Fritz     |      September 17, 2008

    To foster better regulation the first thing we need to do is to change our attitude.

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    Why I learned to love regulation

    patrickcallioni     |      September 17, 2008

    In our time, we cannot wait for hundreds of years while the rules evolve to suit our requirements; we cannot even wait decades, largely because of the speed of technological development and its social, economic and cultural consequences.

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    A Fairer Approach to Risk Equalisation

    John Rashleigh     |      September 17, 2008

    Managed well, Risk Equalisation has an important social role to play in ensuring health insurance is available to all Australian citizens, alleviating considerable pressure from the public purse. 

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    Regulations, Hammers & Nails: Not Just Reform or Reduction, but Reframing the Reasons

    Steve Blume     |      September 17, 2008

    Business owners and operators should take every opportunity they can to demand lawmakers enforce the practices that are already in place, not just keep restating the principles.

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    To Australia’s blood donors: “every day someone thanks you”

    Pip Hetzel     |      September 16, 2008

    Current blood stocks in Australia are dangerously low.

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    Responding to climate change means changing operations from the inside out

    Danielle Uskovic     |      September 16, 2008

    A voluntary group of IT companies have launched a free computer take-back program to help people dispose of unwanted computer equipment responsibly.

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    Chinese not as ideologically stubborn as the West thinks

    Liying Zhang     |      September 16, 2008

    Many westerners were bewildered by Chairman Mao’s absence in the Olympic Opening Ceremony. This showed the West can not make sense of modern China. This also showed that there is still a long way to go for the Chinese and the west to fully understand each other.

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    Regulating for Better Infrastructure

    David Quilty     |      September 16, 2008

    If Australia is to derive maximum benefit from the global digital economy, the need to encourage and reward investment in high-speed broadband infrastructure simply must be the number one objective of a modern telecoms regulatory regime.

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    The lesson history affords us when looking at regulation

    Matthew Tukaki     |      September 15, 2008

    Setting the scene: the world's largest experiment in economic reform and deregulation