Social Affairs

Professor Peter Whiteford
20 June 2012
The Prime Minister is selling the Schoolkids Bonus as extra help for families, but is it good policy, ask Peter Whiteford and Gerry Redmond.
19 June 2012
NATO must adapt to “globalised” security challenges such as cyber warfare, piracy and climate change, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has told a UNSW audience.
15 June 2012
The heart of Irish Sydney, Bondi Beach, will become the centre of annual Bloomsday celebrations for the first time this weekend at an event hosted by UNSW.
12 June 2012
The ethics of the way the mainstream media deals with sex workers has undoubtedly helped papers sell a skewed perception of the Thomson affair, writes Catharine Lumby.
12 June 2012
The media has neglected the impact of the Craig Thomson saga on the Abbott-led Opposition, writes Jo Coghlan.
Professor James Weirick
06 June 2012
Between the mediocrity of the ACT government and the impotence of the NCA, the fate of one of the greatest planned capitals of the 20th century hangs in the balance, writes James Weirick.
04 June 2012
Australian attitudes towards people with a disability are still largely negative, a Social Policy Research Centre project has found.
04 June 2012
While the international community seems unwilling to use force against President Assad, some glimmers of hope for action are emerging, writes Anthony Billingsley.
30 May 2012
Expelling diplomats is the last resort of an international community outraged by ongoing genocide in Syria, writes Jo Coghlan.
22 May 2012
Craig Thomson has been playing the media game all along, including his statement to parliment yesterday, writes Mark Rolfe.
21 May 2012
A UNSW study of strata titled homes has found there are major problems with strata living, as 85 per cent of owners surveyed reported defects in new buildings.
Jesmyn Ward reads from Salvage the Bones (Credit: Catherine McElhone)
18 May 2012
Award-winning novelist Jesmyn Ward has described how surviving Hurricane Katrina inspired her latest book at a Sydney Writers’ Festival event hosted by UNSW.
15 May 2012
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.
15 May 2012
We must foster the next generation of teachers for the sake of future students, writes Michele Bruniges.
14 May 2012
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.
11 May 2012
NSW Director-General of Education, Dr Michele Bruniges, has criticised the quality of teacher training, calling for the country’s “best and brightest” to be recruited into education degrees.
Lindy Edwards
11 May 2012
Labor might lose the next election, but it could radically remake the political landscape as it tries to save itself, writes Lindy Edwards.
10 May 2012
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.
09 May 2012
Decreasing foreign aid might win votes, but Australia will pay a high price to keep its international reputation, writes Jo Coghlan.
07 May 2012
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.
07 May 2012
Focusing on health and safety responsibilities is a key development in addressing workplace bullying, writes Carlo Caponecchia.
01 May 2012
We should wish drug law enforcement every success while recognising that such endeavours are futile, writes Alex Wodak.
30 April 2012
Separating superannuation taxes from personal income tax makes tinkering with pension tax tempting for governments, writes John Piggott.
30 April 2012
The greatest private, public and social benefits from higher education are achieved by increasing participation by lower socio-economic status students, writes Professor Peter Shergold.
Craig Stockings
26 April 2012
Is it time for a truce between proponents of the differing perspectives of the Anzac legend, asks military historian Craig Stockings.