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The Piccoli prescription

The former NSW education minister says Australia has a cultural problem when it comes to schooling.
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Why New Zealand should not explore for more natural gas reserves

Developing new gas resources in New Zealand is a shortsighted strategy that could lead to stranded assets, argues Ralph Sims.
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Child protection report lacks crucial national detail on abuse in out-of-home care

A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reveals grim details about the prevalence of child abuse in Australia. But crucial national data on abuse in out-of-home care remains elusive.
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Caroline Noller on the case for a NABERS-style embodied carbon scheme

Addressing energy use in the built environment is just one aspect of the carbon reduction challenge, according to The Footprint Company chief executive Dr Caroline Noller. Addressing the embodied carbon in building materials is also vital. Dr Noller told The Fifth Estate international data showed...
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Australia today: slow growth, high debt

Australia has become an economy burdened down with debt. The burden may feel light now, with interest rates so low, but as they rise it will become heavier, and slow our capacity to grow.
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Affordable housing policy failure still being fuelled by flawed analysis

The clichés about housing supply and regulatory restraints are distractions from the need to focus on expanding the affordable housing sector to directly meet the needs of low-income households.
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Why do we keep turning a blind eye to Chinese political interference?

The author of the controversial Silent Invasion argues it's not the book, but the reaction to it, that has highlighted something troubling in Australian intellectual life.
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Government by algorithm

Automated welfare didn’t end with the robo-debt controversy. Here and overseas, governments are turning vital decisions over to computers.
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Dirty deeds, done for considerable amounts of money

The week’s two big political campaigning scandals — Cambridge Analytica’s data-harvesting and Labor’s funding scam in Victoria — highlight the temptations facing parties desperate to win government. For Labor, an Ombudsman’s report on the affair places valuable information in the hands of the Victorian Opposition.
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Climate policy is a fiendish problem for governments – time for an independent authority with real powers

Scientific problems require evidence-led solutions. A new proposal to create a federal environmental decision-making body would take some of the politics out of climate policy.