Greg Barns suggests that Monolingualism is stunting the growth of Australia in our region and the wider world.
Most citizens remain outside the political system. Lyn Carson looks at our unrepresentative democratic system.
Gillian Bouras ‘I learned too late about the signs of her intention: she seemed light-hearted, friends said, for the first time in ages, and she was giving people presents. Of course it turned out that they were her own possessions… more
Olga Havnen Examines a narrowing of the gap in life expectancy between indigenous and non-indigenous people in Canada, New Zealand and the USA to between four and ten years – compared with a gap of about twenty-five years in Australia.
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
Reform principles In Australia, the State level of government is particularly responsive to differences in the circumstances and preferences of, say, North Queensland versus Tasmanian families. On the other hand, the Federal Government’s role is to ensure that both are… more
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
Tim Woodruff offers a valuable critique of Labor’s Medicare Gold.
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