20 May 2013 | How much does Medicare really cost? In the last ten years federal, state and territory health spending has increased by 80%. In 2000 – 2001 it was 53 billion dollars ten years later it’s 90 billion. So how can we curb those costs and still retain a national health system?
08 May 2013 | Privatised neighbourhoods and lifestyle migration are a global phenomenon. Increasingly, it seems, middle class people with sufficient capital are choosing to 'opt out' of urban environments, or, at least, to shield themselves from their more 'dangerous' elements, namely the poorer residents.
28 April 2013 | The Whitlam government was full of reforming zeal when it was elected in late 1972. But while it couldn’t change the laws around abortion, it did create something much more complex: a Royal Commission on Human Relationships.
22 April 2013 | One of the leading fields of innovation in Australia has been the creative sector—advertising, architecture, film, TV, newspapers, software and digital content et cetera. Yet the innovation has largely been hidden from the public eye. That is, until now.
13 March 2013 | John Kane and Haig Patapan discuss the unique character and always fragile legitimacy of democratic leadership in order to explain why we so frequently suspect our political leaders of being less than honest with us.
05 December 2012 | ZDNet's Stilgherrian latest podcast looks at Australia's newly-announced internet "filtering" plan relies on an unprecedented interpretation of the law and will do little to prevent the spread of child abuse material.