Opinion

Whyalla

Decades of expansion for Whyalla were followed by decades of contraction. The steel making port city has seen optimism and idealism but also alienation and apathy, writes Peter Stanley.

trickle down economics

The basic idea of trickle-down economics is that giving economic help to companies or people at the top of society should generate benefits for those in layers further down, writes Gigi Foster.

Engineering education

Such an arbitrary move would hobble Australian industry at a time when companies are crying out for engineers to help take innovations to market, writes Mark Hoffman.

social housing

An enduring and transparent program of federal funding for operational expenses is essential to sustain the social housing system, write Chris Martin and Hal Pawson.

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To resist mergers, councils in city areas will need to secure much wider support, writes Amelia Thorpe.

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Uncertainty about energy prices and political dithering on company tax rates point to businesses waiting before investing heavily, while the shift to part-time employment continues in Australia, writes Richard Holden. 

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Abolishing without-grounds termination by landlords and reforming housing tax and finance policies will provide tenants with more security, writes Chris Martin. 

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Australia's recent heatwave is a taste of what our future will bring unless humans can rapidly and deeply cut our greenhouse emissions, write Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, Andrew King and Matthew Hale.

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Be alert but not alarmed about the issues surrounding gene therapy, writes Merlin Crossley.

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More action is required to regulate litigation funders who lose class actions to protect claimants and defendants, writes Michael Legg.

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