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The permanent shift to temporary migration

A serious debate about this fundamental shift in policy has barely begun, writes Peter Mares on our partner website, INSIDE STORY
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Battle over a war

For three decades the Australian War Memorial has been the focus of a struggle between two ways of knowing the past, writes Dean Ashenden on our partner site, INSIDE STORY
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Australias regional migration: a selective success story

Since 1995, there has been a concerted government policy push encouraging new migrants to settle away from the major cities. There are some very good reasons to direct new arrivals away from cities, such as ongoing concerns about the impact of rapid population growth on...
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Spooked

The federal government is so anxious to avoid debt that it’s endangering its main priorities, writes Brian Toohey on our partner site, INSIDE STORY.
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The good, the bad and the Section 420s

The Australia–India relationship is on the cusp of something deep and mutually beneficial. It would be tragic if thugs and misunderstandings got in the way, writes Robin Jeffrey on our partner site, INSIDE STORY.
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Rights versus compassion

Government policy should confer rights rather than privileges, writes Klaus Neumann on our partner website, INSIDE STORY.
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Troubled waters

Can cooperative federalism deal with South Australia's dire lack of water, asks Robert Milliken on our partner site, INSIDE STORY.
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Allocation of spectrum for new digital television services

Following the release of a consultation paper seeking comments on the allocation and licence parameters for two licences for new digital television services, the authority has received over 25 submissions from a wide range of interested parties including service providers, broadcasters, community groups and content...
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Innocence defiled, again? The art of Bill Henson and the welfare of children

An exhibition of Australian artist Bill Henson's photographs, including some works depicting nude children, has provoked a debate between adults over the values that adults should hold in protecting children on one hand and in viewing art on the other. Children and young people themselves...
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The Kenyan middle class? or is that the digital activist class?

There's a strong overlap between the emerging middle class in the developing world and the world of citizen media. Bloggers in Africa are highly educated and generally are wealthier than the average African. Kenya has a large middle class and one of the largest blogger...