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21 Jul 2017

Western Australian Green Scott Ludlam and Queensland Green Larissa Waters are now the third and fourth senators to have left the Senate since the last election due to ineligibility. Prior to the current term of Parliament, only five parliamentarians had ever lost their seats due to...

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20 Jul 2017

A recent Sydney Morning Herald feature on urban renewal in London shone an interesting and quite revealing spotlight on a high profile project with a major Australian connection. Crucially, though this rather uncritical account completely missed the aspect of the story with the greatest direct...

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10 Jul 2017

With the first major release of 2016 census data, it’s possible to take a detailed look at the latest population density numbers in Melbourne. This post will explore how and where Melbourne’s density is increasing by comparing data from the 2006, 2011, and 2016 censuses.

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05 Jul 2017

How can programs supporting young women’s leadership make a tangible difference in the day-to-day lives of young women, particularly those from disadvantaged areas? Through their current research evaluating the Global YWCA’s RiseUp! Program, which has now been delivered in 10 countries across...

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02 May 2017

In a time where states are facing enormous budget deficits public universities must ensure financial responsibility of scarce public resources. Louisiana State University (LSU) is attempting to exercise sound judgment and stewardship of limited resources, but its only reward has been Elsevier...

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21 Apr 2017

The Panama Papers has received the Pulitzer Prize in the Explanatory Reporting category. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalism (ICIJ) – the Washington D.C.-based organization that coordinated the project – interpreted this as a prize to collaborative journalism itself. The use...

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28 Mar 2017

This year is shaping up as a big year for Australian foreign policy. This FlagPost highlights some of the key milestones expected over the coming months.

The centrepiece of the Australian Government’s foreign policy agenda in 2017 will be a new white paper that will ‘provide a...

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20 Mar 2017

Weekend reports suggest that an exchange of land tax for stamp duty might be, at last, under genuine government consideration. The potential significance of such a change – one we’ve previously backed – is hard to overstate. Cited in the Sydney Morning Herald, Grattan Institute economics guru...

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13 Mar 2017

Over the weekend of 25-26 February 2017, tens of thousands were thrilled by flying displays hosted at Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Base Ohakea on the eightieth anniversary of the founding of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. The RNZAF opened the Air Tattoo with a 'Thunder formation' led by...

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12 Mar 2017

Today marks 28 years since I submitted my original proposal for the world wide web. I imagined the web as an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, access opportunities and collaborate across geographic and cultural boundaries. In many ways, the web has lived...

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11 Mar 2017

Fake News has upset a lot of people and caused real damage but it’s been good news for journalism analysts like me. I’ve never had more interest in a media issue than this. I’ve never been busier talking and researching a topic and its consequences.

You may be sick of hearing the phrase...

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08 Mar 2017

This article describes preliminary research into gender and spatial inequality across Metropolitan Melbourne. A key question for city productivity is whether people are able to access job opportunities that match their skills. This research looked broadly at the occupations and income of both...

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07 Mar 2017

The recent inclusion of Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) in the draft district pans for metropolitan Sydney marks a turning point in the debates – and hopefully the policies – on the possibility of accessing some of the value generated by property development to generate new affordable housing in New...

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24 Feb 2017

In this second post in our blog series on 'fake news', Damian Tambini illustrates the underlying structures of the online advertising industry that make fake news lucrative.

One of the questions in the UK Parliament’s inquiry into 'fake news' asks: “Have changes in the selling and placing...

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16 Feb 2017

To our community,

On our journey to connect the world, we often discuss products we're building and updates on our business. Today I want to focus on the most important question of all: are we building the world we all want?

History is the story of how we've learned to come...

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13 Feb 2017

Melissa Bell spoke at the annual Reuters Memorial Lecture, entitled 'We Broke the News. How do we Fix it?' She called for the media to admit its problems, and went on to list nine key areas she thinks the industry has failed on. Hannah Marsh reviews the lecture.

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10 Feb 2017

“This is for everyone.”

This simple message is what Sir Tim Berners-Lee — the inventor of the web, and founding director of the Web Foundation — shared with 900 million people during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. It reflects the web’s past —...

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07 Feb 2017

Last week, the UK House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee launched an inquiry into ‘fake news’ which the Committee chair describes as a “threat to democracy” that “undermines confidence in the media in general.” Since November’s US presidential election, the issue of fake news...

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06 Feb 2017

Digital media played a prominent role in the recent US presidential election, with social media platforms channelling previously fringe universes of political culture, rooted in populism and post-truth politics, right into the mainstream of US political discourse. Meanwhile, traditional...

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02 Feb 2017

Within a few hours of Donald Trump being declared president-elect, the first wave of reflections about the future of news media began to emerge.

The existential crisis comes at a time when the economics for much of our industry — especially newspapers — remains as challenging as ever....

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