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Yes, GetUp fights for progressive causes, but it is not a political party – and is not beholden to one

Australia’s electoral process is not the private fiefdom of political parties. There are a variety of actors permitted to participate in our democracy and become involved in election campaigns.
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Pacific Island nations will no longer stand for Australia’s inaction on climate change

Australia ensured the official communique watered down commitments to respond to climate change, gaining a hollow victory.
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Australian universities can’t rely on India if funds from Chinese students start to fall

From a business perspective, investing so much in one portfolio is risky, and universities need to diversify where they’re getting their income to ensure a stable economic future.
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AI is here to stay. Now we need to ensure everyone benefits

Specialist machine learning and narrow AI could help us to start removing the “four Ds” - dirty, dull, difficult, dangerous - from our daily work.
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We need a national renewables approach, or some states – like NSW – will miss out

There are plenty of arguments for states pursuing their own renewable energy targets, not least because they can fill the policy vacuum left at the national level.
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Explainer: what is China’s United Front, and how much influence does it have in Australia?

The United Front has become much more prominent since Xi Jinping became Communist Party general secretary in 2012. Xi has been instrumental in raising its status in the Chinese political system and publicly supporting a dramatic expansion of its roles and target groups.
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One in 10 Aussie kids care for someone with a disability or drug dependence – they need help at school

While current policies may be making a positive difference for some carers, the results in a recent study show there are more young carers than support services available for them.
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Playing number games with Indigenous Australians' health

Achieving equity is less about grand gestures than meeting the actual needs of Indigenous Australians writes David Paul.
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Australia urgently needs real sustainable agriculture policy

To honour our international obligations and respond to growing sustainability markets, Australia urgently needs a contemporary definition of sustainable agriculture, including agreed on-farm metrics, writes Jacqueline Williams.
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Private renters are doing it tough in outer suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne

The ongoing trend of increasing housing cost pressures on lower-income Australians over the past decade provides the context for the high incidence of financial stress, particularly among tenants in low-rent areas of Sydney and Melbourne.