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4 Dec 2017

We are all pedestrians. Even if a car is your primary means of transportation, you are a pedestrian from the moment you park your vehicle and walk to your destination. This is also true if you use the bus, subway or bicycle.

But if...

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30 Nov 2017

There is a considerable gap in resources and achievement levels within schools from different socio-economic communities, and STEM is at risk of becoming a source of even greater inequality in education.

The report, STEM Education for all young Australians, commissioned by Social Ventures Australia...

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22 Nov 2017

Fast, reliable internet is an important factor in future regional development for Australia, with critical uses in business, education, and health services. The launch of the Sky Muster satellite and the increased max data allowance of 300GB per month is a good start...

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17 Nov 2017

Successful neighbourhood centres are important as places to meet and for social activity. People’s access to neighbourhood centres and the diversity of buildings and commercial uses found there can significantly influence how, and to what extent, we interact.

Read the full article on The...

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16 Nov 2017

The controversial proposed Adani Carmichael coalmine commands diverse media headlines, but the untold story is about Indigenous rights and, in particular, the resistance of Wangan and Jagalingou people to the expropriation of their lands.

Despite the wall of sound this highly controversial project has...

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2 Nov 2017

Canadian diary company Saputo’s bid for Murray Goulburn is just the latest example of how co-operatives are disappearing in the Australian business landscape. But despite this pressure for co-operatives to fold into the dominant corporation model, these business models are still worthy.

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29 Oct 2017

This newspaper article considers developments towards 'open banking' in New Zealand. It discusses the implications of "fintech" companies which operate app-based subscription services. Three such"open banking" services are due to launch in the next few months. The author considers they will lead New Zealand into...

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26 Oct 2017

Dr Andreas Schleicher, the OECD’s Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, discusses building capabilities, or what the OECD calls competencies, and why they matter in education. He explains why be believes they can be taught and measured.

In exploring the workplace of...

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26 Oct 2017

New approaches to strengthen and grow regional and remote communities are increasingly being explored. The success and sustainability of these approaches can be influenced by a community’s leadership capacity.

SVA describes successful community leadership development programs through which governments, social purpose organisations and communities...

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20 Oct 2017

When New Zealand’s 37-year-old Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern is formally sworn in as Prime Minister there will be some, on both sides of the Tasman, who will try to question her legitimacy. Those doing so will reveal they do not understand New Zealand’s proportional representation...

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18 Oct 2017

Two prominent New Zealand academics have recently returned from discussing labour mobility policies and long term sustainable development plans in Tarawa, Kiribati. Access to overseas labour markets is a key development priority for the country and part of wider development strategy the country which is...

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9 Oct 2017

With rising temperatures, surging power prices and an ageing population, there are challenging times ahead in terms of looking after our most vulnerable elderly citizens.

But my research suggests that residential aged care facilities are not well regulated in terms of providing safe indoor...

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25 Sep 2017

I recently attended the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service conference in Brisbane, and was surprised that at Australia’s premier forum on primary health care (PHC) there was not one presentation on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the impact of its rollout...

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20 Sep 2017

Open access (OA) is a contested term with a complicated history and a variety of understandings. This rich history is routinely ignored by institutional, funder and governmental policies that instead enclose the concept and promote narrow approaches to OA. This article presents a genealogy of...

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5 Sep 2017

The Regional Australia Institute and LinkedIn since 2016 have mapped data on local skills and job mobility of workers in eight regional Australian cities: Townsville, Sunshine Coast-Noosa, Greater Newcastle, Wollongong, Launceston, Darwin, Geelong and Hobart.

This work has been providing local leaders with critical...

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1 Sep 2017

The ultimate aim of any human society should be to ensure the prosperity, freedom and fulfilment for all of its members. Our shared natural, economic and social resources are part of a common inheritance or ‘commonwealth’, therefore must be utilised in the best interests of...

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28 Aug 2017

While recent Census figures show more than 28 per cent of Australians were born overseas, generally regional areas attract a much smaller share of migrants.

However, there are arguments migrants can help drive growth in the regions and many who have chosen a new...

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23 Aug 2017

More and more of us living in denser cities where apartments and high-rise developments are increasingly common. This creates specific health concerns for residents of these areas, and for lower-income households in particular.

Read the full article at The Conversation.

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21 Aug 2017

The informal work practices of the so-called “gig” economy are widening existing cracks in Australia’s system of labour regulations, and should be repaired through active measures to strengthen labour standards in digital businesses. That is the conclusion of newly-published research from a special symposium on...

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21 Aug 2017

On 9 August it was announced that the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) would run a non-binding and voluntary postal survey on the issue of same-sex marriage.

The ABS will obtain information from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) so that they can send postal...