Social Affairs

urban farm
17 December 2012
Will an urban farming project be able to revitalise Detroit, ask Laura Crommelin and Christine Steinmetz.
Pearcey_Laurie
12 December 2012
That Beijing sent its top brass to celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations suggests China is interested in wider strategic engagement – a challenge Australia must accept if it is to thrive in the Asian Century, writes Laurie Pearcey.
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12 December 2012
Inner city Australians enjoy a higher standard of living than their suburban and rural counterparts, according to new research from UNSW’s Social Policy Research Centre.
helmet
12 December 2012
Despite encouraging increases in some areas, cycling to work in Sydney remains a minority activity. Much more needs to be done before it becomes widespread and the benefits are felt on a population level, write Alexis Zander and Chris Rissel.
Mans hand on wheelchair wheel
10 December 2012
The rollout of the NDIS is a step forward in establishing universal disability support for all Australians, but as always, the devil is in the detail, write Karen Soldatic and Leanne Dowse.
public_intellectual
07 December 2012
A tall poppy fear or the absence of a competitive intellectual class. Why are Australians so reluctant when it comes to public intellectual life?
Older parent reads book to his child
06 December 2012
The unique needs of people with younger onset dementia have been addressed for the first time in new research by the Social Policy Research Centre.
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30 November 2012
One million Australian employees now have access to paid domestic violence leave, the result of research led by UNSW’s Centre for Gender Related Violence Studies.
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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.
Uniken_cover
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.
16JulyAsylum
26 November 2012
Current immigration policies regarding asylum seekers promote uncertainty, fear and disempowerment, which contribute to mental illness, argues Belinda Liddell.
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23 November 2012
Young adults who live at home well into adulthood still rely on their mothers to do housework, new research has found
Edwards-Lindy
21 November 2012
Tony Abbott's attempt to explain 'authentic Aborigines' was more than just rude, argues Lindy Edwards.
barangaroo
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.
clock
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.
Pearcey_Laurie
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.
flag crop
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.
Bickerton_Ian
02 November 2012
War should not be considered a “normal” response to dispute resolution, argues Ian Bickerton.
teaching
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.
tiger
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.
richard crop
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.
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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.
Ford_Lisa
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.
homelessness
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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