Academic and industrial research that is properly funded and well coordinated contributes to quality of life and economic prosperity.
Governments need to consider the context in which their policies are implemented if they want to avoid large-scale failures like the pink batts scheme, according to academics from UNSW Canberra.
Some of the least developed African nations are leading the way with budget transparency using what is known as “citizens budgets”, writes Usman W. Chohan.
Restricting the tax offsets for investing in start-ups to just those with plenty of money will hurt entrepreneurs, writes Jason Zein.
The government, citing precedent, will not release legal advice on the validity of its citizen-stripping anti-terror laws. But what justifies this convention, asks Gabrielle Appleby.
Law enforcement still accounts for the lion's share of governments' spending on illicit drugs, according to the first comprehensive review in a decade.
The Prime Minister's announcement of a poll date in September could herald a push for the introduction of a fixed term for federal elections, writes Scientia Professor George Williams.
Australia needs to reform its system of government. The failure to do so is costing the nation billions of dollars a year and compromising our ability to realise our economic and social goals, argues George Williams.
Too many Australians whinge about government handouts to the less fortunate, but see nothing wrong with pocketing billions from the state, argues Dr Mark Rolfe.
No government is seriously concerned about its impact on future generations despite intergovernmental reports and claims to the contrary, argues professor of public policy Jenny Stewart.