Social Affairs

29 November 2012
With any luck the recommendations of the federal inquiry into workplace bullying will be enacted quickly, with appropriate resourcing and cooperation to make Australia a safer, better place to work, writes Carlo Caponecchia.
26 November 2012
Described as one of our greatest storytellers, photographer William Yang has been at the centre of Sydney’s artistic life for more than four decades. Now he is collating his work for future generations.
26 November 2012
Current immigration policies regarding asylum seekers promote uncertainty, fear and disempowerment, which contribute to mental illness, argues Belinda Liddell.
23 November 2012
Young adults who live at home well into adulthood still rely on their mothers to do housework, new research has found
21 November 2012
Tony Abbott's attempt to explain 'authentic Aborigines' was more than just rude, argues Lindy Edwards.
21 November 2012
Members of the public are often treated as irritants and voyeurs to political processes when the development and acquisition of public land is discussed, writes Mark Rolfe.
20 November 2012
With few Australians conforming strictly to the traditional 9 to 5 working day, now is the time to recalibrate to a new time system, argues Stuart Khan.
15 November 2012
China expert Laurie Pearcey has been jointly appointed the inaugural Director of China Strategy and Development and Director of the Confucius Institute.
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15 November 2012
With the combined fortunes of commodity producers and the federal budget increasingly tied to Chinese demand, Australia has much riding on the leadership transition, writes Laurie Pearcey.
02 November 2012
War should not be considered a “normal” response to dispute resolution, argues Ian Bickerton.
31 October 2012
Apparently, teachers and principals have no need to hear about research on international education policy and are too sensitive to deal with “controversial” ideas, write Kalervo Gulson and Andrew Gibson.
31 October 2012
Virgin Australia has announced a series of deals that will see it take a controlling stake in low cost carrier Tiger Airways, which will help cement its move to a premium airline, says Ian Douglas.
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30 October 2012
Changing the lives of Indigenous Australians through education is a bit like trying to walk up an escalator that is on its way down, but it is possible to reach the top, writes Professor Richard Henry.
26 October 2012
The grant application process for NHMRC funding needs urgent reform so that available funds are sensibly and fairly distributed, argues Rakesh Kumar.
25 October 2012
Historian Dr Lisa Ford has been awarded the prestigious Max Crawford Medal for her contributions to enriching the cultural life of Australia.
24 October 2012
Early intervention to prevent homelessness could save taxpayers millions of dollars, an Australian-first study has found.
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24 October 2012
Training people in disciplines they have no aptitude for or interest in is a waste of public money and countless professional lives, writes Cathy Sherry.
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23 October 2012
Australians may be cutting back carbon-intensive activities, but until the government is more transparent about emission cuts there’s no way to check, writes Sarah Waddell.
22 October 2012
A soccer program for young refugees is helping to promote social inclusion, according to a new study.
22 October 2012
If Australia is truly to ''do what it said'', it needs bolder policy positions to take to the UN Security Council, writes Jeni Whalan.
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22 October 2012
Australia will need to stake out an independent position on matters that come before the Security Council while developing a national approach to the global agenda, writes Anthony Burke.
19 October 2012
Anne Summers has used a UNSW speech to renew her call for a halt to the gender-based “hatred and vitriol” directed at Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
18 October 2012
How our politicians view the world has a direct impact on people's everyday lives, writes Lindy Edwards.
18 October 2012
We need to move on from saying “drugs are bad” and start looking at new ways of dealing with drugs in sport, argues Jason Mazanov.
17 October 2012
My hope tomorrow is that if Australia is successful in rejoining the Security Council, it will help to reinvigorate the UN's global efforts to promote human rights for all, writes Jose-Ramos Horta.