Opinion

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Professor of Economics Gigi Foster says everybody is judged by metrics. But what are the criteria, and do performance measurements actually help in the long run?

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Years of regulatory failure are having direct impacts on the hip pockets of the many Australians who bought defective houses or apartments. It's turning into a multibillion-dollar disaster.

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Teenagers in Sydney and Melbourne are going on a year-long diet that involves intermittent fasting. It sounds extreme but there are pros and cons to the Fast Track to Health trial.

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We usually associate addiction with bad things like smoking, alcohol and gambling. But new research shows it's possible to be potentially dangerously addicted to exercise, too.

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The ambitiously named exhibition, The National: New Australian Art, lives up to its title as a visual examination of Australia in an age of uncertainty.

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Peter Costello's Future Fund is funding the apparent elimination of government debt.

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Twelve power projects are in the running for federal government dollars: six pumped hydro, five gas and one coal. It's clear which one shouldn't be on the list, for economic and environmental reasons.

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For more than 30 years, Environmental Defenders Offices around the country have worked to help people take legal action on environmental issues. They've notched some big wins along the way.

Every year the budget brings along with it a frenzy of media activity from news hacks looking for interesting angles but the budget is more than just a headline and news grab, says UNSW Business School Professor Gigi Foster.

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The problems with housing systems in Australia and similar countries run deep. Solutions depend on a fundamental rethink of our approach to housing and its central place in our lives and the economy.

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