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With China investing massive amounts in universities, it's vital for the federal government to make hard policy decisions to ensure our system can be truly globally competitive, writes Professor Iain Martin.

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Recognition of local government in the Australian Constitution can ensure that direct federal funding for local community infrastructure and services continues, writes George Williams.

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Police increasingly recognise the benefits of social media, often bypassing traditional media in breaking news. But they should think carefully about how they engage, writes Alyce McGovern.

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Targeting Israel by boycotting products and people with Israeli connections is not only misguided but counterproductive to trade, international relations and regional peace, writes Tim Harcourt.

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Many people have questioned why laws designed to prevent child abuse could be applied to consenting activity between young people, such as sexting, writes Kath Albury.

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In a global economy, combined study and work schemes like UNSW's prestigious Co-Op Program must go international, writes Professor Wai-Fong Chua.


The take-home message from a study of intuition is that we need to exercise caution in relying on gut feelings, writes Ben Newell.

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Having a 'right to education' can open a legal minefield, writes Fergal Davis.

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It is imperative that Australia use its position on the UN Security Council to speak out about the use of drones, write Laura Shephard and Caitlin Hamilton.

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The world has replaced its contrition for the Jews with feelings of unease about past attitudes towards Muslims. And this new unease takes a strange form, writes Clive Kessler.