Spencer Zifcak writes, it is not for the executive to decide who should be locked up for any length of time, let alone indefinitely. Only the courts can do that and …only after the grounds for detaining someone have been… more
Daniel Donahoo argues that local government and community organisational models will be play a big role in the future of community-government relations.
Lyndsay Connors Parents with children in non-government schools simply have the same right as their fellow parents and citizens to participate in democratic debate about how governments should allocate tax revenues to education, according to priorities that can be justified… more
A summary of what we consider to be the key building blocks around which a national health policy should be built.
Dr Martin Callinan 'By announcing that Australia was 'very vulnerable' to climate change and that the Government is considering carbon 'currencies', to 'create a credits system,' Senator Campbell has created political wiggle room. Such overtures appeal to realists and scores… more
Brendan Gleeson What is interesting…is the looming coincidence of three moments of reconciliation – economic, human and natural – when growth will be halted, and order disrupted, by the claims of debt. The indications are that all three ‘accounting’ cycles… more
Tony Vinson A fiction is being put about that the level of expenditure on school education is of little importance. Instead, the quality of teaching is emphasised… The situation is not helped by the fact that competition between the education… more
The pubs and clubs sought to position those pushing for the ban as dreary fun phobics who never went out after dark and couldn’t stand the thought of anyone enjoying themselves with a beer and cigarette. They knew nothing of… more
Paul Fritjers 'Holding all else constant, Australia would increase its agricultural production significantly. Add to that the likely benefits of more rainfall and the fact that Australia stands to lose little from sea level increases, and a powerful case emerges… more