Opinion

science research

Australia needs stronger STEM skills and knowledge in parliament so politicians can understand the basics underpinning today’s significant issues, writes Les Field.

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In the interests of equity, we need a grand bargain that puts company and personal tax reform on the table all at once, writes Richard Holden.

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Australia must reinvigorate its PhD programs so their value is apparent outside the university sector if it wants to attract a reasonable share of the world’s best minds, writes Laura Poole-Warren.

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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