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Oh, the Humanities

We often hear that the academic Humanities and social sciences are in crisis—underfunded, out of touch with the job market, hamstrung by political correctness and moral relativism. So why study philosophy? And could a good dose of scientific method help to solve the problem—if indeed...
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Dealing with the inharmonious world: China and the financial crisis

One if the biggest questions facing Asia, and Australia, is how is the global financial crisis affecting China and will the Chinese government's policy responses be effective. The front and opinion pages of Australia's broadsheets have been full of stories and editorials on this topic...
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136416 | Juvenile justice in W.A

With last month’s release of the Telethon Kids Institute report on brain impairment in detainees at Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention Centre, and the NT government’s announcement that it will raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12 years of age, Monday Mag this...
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Politics and religion in Family Law disputes

Recently a mother was banned from exposing her child to neo-Nazi websites. To what extent will the courts prevent a parent from teaching/exposing/indoctrinating their child about their ideas or beliefs?
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Law + technology = fewer lawyers?

If you like the idea of the above equation, well, you are either looking forward to a Robot vs. Lawyer stand-off, or else you simply believe that law can be made better and more efficient through the use of software and applications to streamline repetitive...
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Mental health

In this Health Report podcast Norman Swan talks with Associate Professor Leanne Rowe, one of the authors of a new book about teenage depression. We also hear how a nation has tried to develop a plan for mental well-being and a discussion about the effectiveness...
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The silent disability: acquired brain injury and the justice system

Confronting research suggests acquired or traumatic brain injuries - past and recent - are rife in prison populations, with little to no screening or targeted interventions in place. Impulsive behaviour, anger, mood swings, poor concentration, memory loss. A knock to the head that qualifies as...
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Power balances in Asia: The Coalition perspective

On Friday 1 May 2009, in his first major foreign policy speech as Opposition Leader and first address to the Lowy Institute, Malcolm Turnbull discussed the challenges and priorities in managing sensibly Australia's vital relationships across the region. A transcript is also available for download...
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Australia's 'smart power': the Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence

Michael G. Smith AO, Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence, discusses the way ahead for the Centre, set up in 2008 by the Rudd Government to develop 'national civil-military capabilities to prevent, prepare for and respond more effectively to conflicts and...
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Public housing rent policy in Australia and overseas

This briefing presents the first comprehensive and comparative review of public housing rent policies in Australia and seven overseas countries, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands. The research for this briefing was completed for AHURI by Sean...