Training people in disciplines they have no aptitude for or interest in is a waste of public money and countless professional lives, writes Cathy Sherry.
ASIO's powers are exceptional and deeply troubling. The detention in secret of non-suspects is more consistent with the apparatus of a police state and they should be repealed, writes George Williams.
Australians may be cutting back carbon-intensive activities, but until the government is more transparent about emission cuts there’s no way to check, writes Sarah Waddell.
With much to gain, it’s time for universities and their researchers to finally break free from a closed world of knowledge and embrace the openess of online, writes Justin O'Brien.
My hope tomorrow is that if Australia is successful in rejoining the Security Council, it will help to reinvigorate the UN's global efforts to promote human rights for all, writes Jose-Ramos Horta.
The government was right to defer next year's referendum on recognising Aboriginal peoples in the constitution, writes George Williams.
Why should apartment owners be vulnerable to the loss of their home in a way that owners of freestanding houses never are, asks Cathy Sherry.
Forty years ago, Mitt Romney would have been the perfect candidate, now he is considered not quite conservative enough to get his party faithful to the ballot box, argues Ross Buckley.
Indigenous women are often invisible in the administration of justice, posing a serious obstacle to rights to self-determination, UNSW law professor Megan Davis has told a United Nations panel.
Politicians should serve in only one tier of government at a time. Doing otherwise can give rise to a conflict of interest, writes George Williams.