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The Gillard government's announcement that it won't push ahead with the referendum for constitutional recognition of Indigenous peoples comes as no surprise, writes Andrew Lynch.

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Indigenous women are often invisible in the administration of justice, posing a serious obstacle to rights to self-determination, UNSW law professor Megan Davis has told a United Nations panel.

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As defeat looms for marriage equality in Federal Parliament, momentum is building for change in the states, writes George Williams.

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Appointing a new small business commissioner without legislative teeth is futile, argues Frank Zumbo.

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The Airport Economist Tim Harcourt goes into bat for his much maligned field and finds the future is far from bleak.

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Retiring should be happening later, not earlier, and and we should use the policy levers we have to make this happen, writes John Piggott.

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Politicians should serve in only one tier of government at a time. Doing otherwise can give rise to a conflict of interest, writes George Williams.

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The manipulation of an English legal doctrine to repress South Africa's striking miners is a grotesque irony in a post-apartheid democracy, writes Andrea Durbach.

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Schools' fears of litigation are behind bans on “risky” playground activities like cartwheeling. But are they justified, asks Prue Vines.

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The Libor scandal shows banking culture abroad has lost its morals. Will we go the same way, asks Ross Buckley.

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