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How trade policies can support global efforts to curb climate change

In the wake of the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, it is important that policies around trade and investment support national efforts to adapt to global warming while trying to curb it, writes Adrian Macey.
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Universities have a problem with sexual assault and harassment: here’s how to fix it

Universities must act to prevent sexual assault and harassment from happening in the first place, writes Michael Flood.
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Pace of renewable energy shift leaves city planners struggling to keep up

Effective guidance on the retrofitting and redesign of built environment energy systems must occur across scales, from rooftops to wider electricity grids. So what is the role of planning? What challenges and actions must planners consider for the renewable energy transition to be effective?
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Planners know depressingly little about a city’s impacts on our mental health

Jason Byrne looks at the possibility that living in cities might be associated with higher rates of depression and anxiety.
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This is how regional rail can help ease our big cities’ commuter crush

Some state governments are now investigating more integrated sectoral and spatial planning strategies, initially through shifting public sector jobs to regional centres.
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This is what the lives of Big Issue sellers tell us about working and being homeless

There is a need for more co-ordinated and comprehensive policy responses to – and resources for – homelessness, entrenched disadvantaged and long-term unemployment, writes Jessica Gerrard.
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The prime ministership is not terminal – but it needs the right person for the times

What lies ahead for Malcolm Turnbull? His boosters still wait expectantly for the green shoots of political recovery.
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Here’s 49 small communities innovating as well as the big cities

Innovation is the highest in regional centres that have research and development institutions and there are only 26 of these in regional Australia. But more than 150 regional areas have potential to match this innovation, a new index finds.
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Taking the pulse of a city: Melbourne’s vital signs

Vital Signs is a report series that gathers good-quality data about a city from reputable sources to provide a snapshot of its community, explains Catherine Brown.
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Slashing penalty rates: a misguided response to problems of the past

There needs to be more of a focus on the adverse effects of lower wages for the economy as a whole, argues John Quiggin.