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The challenge is to restore integrity and critical independence to research, while placing community interests above that of industry, write Adam Dunn, Ian Kerridge and Wendy Lipworth.

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That Beijing sent its top brass to celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations suggests China is interested in wider strategic engagement – a challenge Australia must accept if it is to thrive in the Asian Century, writes Laurie Pearcey.

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Despite encouraging increases in some areas, cycling to work in Sydney remains a minority activity. Much more needs to be done before it becomes widespread and the benefits are felt on a population level, write Alexis Zander and Chris Rissel.

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The model for assessing research excellence in Australia unfairly favours smaller players and fails to recognise larger universities' genuine strengths, argues Merlin Crossley.

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Depression can be deadly. Asking for help, and enabling early intervention, can save lives, writes Kerryn Phelps.

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The rollout of the NDIS is a step forward in establishing universal disability support for all Australians, but as always, the devil is in the detail, write Karen Soldatic and Leanne Dowse.

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We're due to endure months of chatter about Royal babies and morning sickness. But there is an evolutionary tale to tell, writes Rob Brooks.

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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.

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As much as technology can improve the health system, it can also have deadly side effects, write Enrico Coiera and Farah Magrabi.

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For all its freedoms, Australia is still pervaded by violence against women, which we all have a role to play in ending, writes Andrea Durbach.

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