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.
Australia has once again shown its willingness to promote human rights abroad, but not at home, as the recent case of Stefan Nystrom has illustrated, writes George Williams.
According to the federal government, quick action to instigate stimulus policies saved the Australian economy. The real story is rather different though, writes Peter Swan.
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.
Focusing on health and safety responsibilities is a key development in addressing workplace bullying, writes Carlo Caponecchia.
Open sharing of medical clinical trial data would lead to faster and more trustworthy evidence for many of our most pressing health problems, write Adam Dunn and Enrico Coiera.
It is disappointing that the importance of maintaining a healthy federal judiciary is not reflected in the current bills before parliament, writes Andrew Lynch.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has secured a major victory in its battle to enforce the efficacy of the continuous disclosure regime as well as its standing as a model litigant, writes Justin O'Brien.
Now that NASA has stopped funding Australia for near-Earth asteroid research, we’ll watch on as the rest of the world takes the next step in space exploration, writes Duncan Steele.
There is an alternative to going to court, with the introduction of Small Business Commissioners, who resolve disputes with little or no involvement from lawyers, writes Frank Zumbo.