Opinion

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While certain aspects of last week's budget were welcomed by the higher education sector, it missed the mark on Australia's research performance, writes Les Field.

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Australia’s approach to alcohol taxation is riddled with inconsistencies. It's time to scrap the current operating system in favour of a new, more efficient one, writes Anthony Shakeshaft and Josh Byrnes.

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We must foster the next generation of teachers for the sake of future students, writes Michele Bruniges.

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The government's critics could be spot on in suggesting Wayne Swan got the numbers wrong - not because they have superior insight into the economy, but because it's near impossible to get economic forecasting right, writes Jeffrey Braithwaite.

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Labor might lose the next election, but it could radically remake the political landscape as it tries to save itself, writes Lindy Edwards.

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If the euro falters, we could be in for a bumpy ride, writes Ross Buckley.

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The targeted additions to spending in the budget are in part symbolic, but also likely to be quite progressive in their impact, write Peter Whiteford and Gerry Redmond.

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Australia has once again shown its willingness to promote human rights abroad, but not at home, as the recent case of Stefan Nystrom has illustrated, writes George Williams.

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According to the federal government, quick action to instigate stimulus policies saved the Australian economy. The real story is rather different though, writes Peter Swan.

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The recent flurry of defence reports and reviews is creating a false sense of purpose and action, and cannot disguise a drift from defence policy, writes Alan Dupont.

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