Opinion

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Progress in the research to build the components of quantum computers allows us to teach the discipline in a more hands-on style. This couldn't have been done 15 years ago, writes Andrea Morello. 

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 It's time for us to roll up our sleeves, establish collaborations between researchers with different areas of expertise, and use our data and theory to do something big, says Angela Moles. 

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It was a night to celebrate the visionary thinkers shaping our future. But there was one key person missing at the PM's Science Prizes – a Minister for Science. It's a glaring omission from the government's line-up that needs to be rectified, writes Les Field.

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Australia’s asylum seeker debate has been hostage for too long to sloganeers looking to score political points, writes Jane McAdam. 

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The international focus has been on the war in Syria and its refugees, but the impact on host countries, such as Lebanon, also demands attention, writes Anthony Billingsley. 

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Ships carry more than 90 percent of our international trade by volume. They need protecting, argues James Goldrick. 

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The attack on a fellow Jewish family of Bondi is alarming, but the response from the local community gives some comfort, writes Fergal Davis.

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After a successful first year of membership on the UN Security Council, Australia now has greater diplomatic capital to address important global issues that might otherwise escape attention, write Jeremy Farrall and Jeni Whalan. 

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The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified outdoor air pollution as carcinogenic to humans, but the reaction to the report has been muted and it seems to be business as usual, writes Bin Jalaludin. 

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Conclusions that asylum seekers are "illegal" and that they should come here in ''the right way'' might seem logical, but they are based on flawed premises, writes Jane McAdam. 

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