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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15 Nov 2018

A tenfold increase in building is needed to overcome the current social housing shortfall and cover projected growth in need. It can be done, and direct public investment is the cheapest way.

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15 Nov 2018

With Fairfax shareholders voting next week on the merger with Nine, it’s a good time to consider how well the company’s journalism has weathered a period of enormous change.

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13 Nov 2018

Children are already being removed from Indigenous communities at an unprecedented rate. Indigenous children make up 36.9% of children in out-of-home care in Australia, despite being just 3% of the population.

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12 Nov 2018

Fijians go to the polls this week in only the second general election since a 2006 coup in which the current prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, seized power.

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9 Nov 2018

There’s a good reason why the ACCC didn’t block the Fairfax–Nine merger, and it tells us why government policy needs to change.

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9 Nov 2018

Australia has no significant history of temporary or “guest” worker programs. This means it effectively has a policy “blank slate”. We can learn from the well-documented pitfalls of programs elsewhere and develop a temporary labour migration program that is global best practice.

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8 Nov 2018

Gladys Berejiklian wants fewer migrants for New South Wales. But that’s not a cost-free option, says a former senior immigration official.

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7 Nov 2018

New data suggests that jobs in manufacturing are bucking a decades-old trend. But are we comparing like with like?

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2 Nov 2018

The data science boom shouldn’t be limited to business insights and profit margins. When used ethically, big data can help solve some of society’s most difficult social and environmental problems.

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2 Nov 2018

The polls aren’t looking good for Matthew Guy’s Liberals in Victoria.

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26 Oct 2018

Birmingham has defended his intervention, suggesting most Australian taxpayers would prefer funding be directed to other research.

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25 Oct 2018

The Opposition should swallow Scott Morrison’s bitter pill. But it also needs a longer-term plan, writes Peter Mares.

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25 Oct 2018

The biggest system failure in aged care is staffing. We don't need to wait until the royal commission is over to fix it – this can be done now.

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22 Oct 2018

Today, Scott Morrison will make a national apology to victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. It is not a hollow gesture, argues Daryl Higgins.

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22 Oct 2018

Is Barnaby Joyce on the rise again? On the evidence of his memoir, things could get ugly.

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18 Oct 2018

If we view tertiary education as a commodity rather than an enlightening pursuit, practices such as essay buying will become more common.

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12 Oct 2018

Many current suicide prevention interventions focus on raising awareness of suicide or on preventing it only at the point just prior to it occurring. But despite decades of government investment in suicide awareness programs, the rate of deaths by suicide in Australia is the second...

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10 Oct 2018

What passes for leadership these days seems to be meeting the demands of an undisciplined Liberal Party and ignoring the national interest, and so the past is catching up with a climate-sceptical Australian government, writes Mike Steketee.

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8 Oct 2018

This party leader can’t own or disown his past, nor Labour’s.

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2 Oct 2018

VET needs a new set of priorities and operating principles that are fit for the future, argues Robin Shreeve.