Commentary

A series of remarks or observations made by someone with authority to speak and be heard on the subject, for example, a journalist writing a column on a political or social issue.

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17 Feb 2018

The week’s events raise the age-old mystery: exactly what is this strange beast?

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15 Feb 2018

Wages have collapsed Malcolm Turnbull. Not necessarily for anything he has done or not done, but fixing it and ameliorating the pain is today’s pressing issue, writes John Wanna.

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15 Feb 2018

A looming court case is further evidence of a deep divide within a once-powerful election-winning machine, writes James Murphy.

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13 Feb 2018

Following trends on social media, ShelterSA has published this opinion piece, covering the relationship between viral movements such as #MeToo, and gender inequality and power.

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13 Feb 2018

Copyright safe harbours can be a useful policy tool. They help ensure that exposure to copyright liability doesn’t inhibit socially or economically useful activity, such as developing internet infrastructure.

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12 Feb 2018

If the public service were a patient “it would be in palliative care”, says Terry Moran. Here’s what other secretaries have said about Australia’s loss of bureaucratic capacity.

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9 Feb 2018

Australian creators struggle to understand copyright law and how to manage it for their own projects. Indeed, a new study has found copyright law can act as a deterrent to creation, rather than an incentive for it.

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8 Feb 2018

The battle for the inner-Melbourne seat is no ordinary by-election for Labor, suggests Peter Brent.

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7 Feb 2018

There is limited evidence to support the idea that making physical changes to classrooms boosts learning outcomes. The reason for this is schools are complex places.

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7 Feb 2018

Last week Rocky Horror Show actor Craig McLachlan issued defamation proceedings against Fairfax Media, the ABC and former co-star Christie Whelan Browne, one of the women who has accused McLachlan of sexual harassment. While no criminal charges have been laid, police are currently investigating allegations...

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2 Feb 2018

Conventional wisdom advises against holding referendums at election time. Conventional wisdom is wrong, argues Peter Brent.

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2 Feb 2018

Three snapshots of Australia’s national archives reveal delays and anomalies in public access.

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2 Feb 2018

Punishing the person or persons responsible for this week’s Cabinet Files leak does not address the underlying issue. The real problem is that the way governments and businesses keep records is broken.

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1 Feb 2018

I am often asked about testing buildings for air tightness, and specifically about what qualifies as “good” or “bad” construction. Believe me, I could talk about it for days but quickly the discussion gets abstract.

This is an effort to get back to basics...

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1 Feb 2018

A new strategy would start by recognising that the market alone can’t help many jobless Australians find work, writes Rob Sturrock.

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31 Jan 2018

New Zealand MPs will cast a conscience vote on a euthanasia bill. But with 49 out of 120 seats held by 'list' MPs, this raises issues about the democratic process under the country's electoral system.

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16 Jan 2018

Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and Maurice Newman share a deep suspicion of China’s intentions in the Pacific. Graeme Smith argues that the reality doesn’t match their claims.

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10 Jan 2018

Britain’s liberal beacon, The Guardian, is scaling down but thinking big, writes David Hayes.

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5 Jan 2018

Only presidential action will resolve the impasse brought on by last year’s inconclusive election in Timor-Leste, writes Michael Leach.

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2 Jan 2018

Electricity prices have become a political hot potato, and the blame game has been running unchecked for more than a year, writes David Blowers.