Opinion

Plato

Universities need to revitalise the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, writes Merlin Crossley.

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We may have finally said goodbye to the destructive personal attacks of the past and moved on to figuring out what the Hobbit really is, writes Darren Curnoe.

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In striking out Bob Day's eligibility as a senator, the High Court has widened the grounds on which other members may be removed from Parliament, writes George Williams. 

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Like Australia, China traditionally commemorates those who served in war in April each year, and increasingly they do it via social media, writes Tom Sear.

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Kerrie Davies' book A Wife's Heart places her own story alongside that of Henry Lawson's wife, writes Christopher Kremmer.

corruption

While public hearings may encourage some witnesses to approach an anti-corruption commission, others may be deterred, write Gabrielle Appleby and Grant Hoole.

visa

Important sectors of the economy have been quick to point out the potentially huge negative impact the changes to 457 visas will have, writes Richard Holden.

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The government's move to include low-value online bought goods in the GST doesn't treat overseas and local sellers in the same way, writes Kathrin Bain.

jobs

The IMF is upbeat about Australia’s growth prospects, as is our central bank, but fear about a housing bubble and a lack of growth in full-time jobs is cause for concern, writes Richard Holden.

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With the demand for higher education booming, particularly in China and India, are universities able to satisfy demand? And can Australia become a serious player in this expanding field? 

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