Tony Abbott's use of the word "illegal" to describe asylum seekers shines a spotlight on the Opposition's feeble grasp of international law, writes Jane McAdam.
Tax reform being called for by the Business Council of Australia can only happen if politics and vested interests are put aside, writes Dale Boccabella.
Instead of opposing torture, Australia supported Guantanamo Bay and what occurred there, letting inaction and acquiescence speak on our behalf, writes George Williams.
Scientia Professor Ross Buckley has been appointed to a new Chair in International Finance and Regulation to drive research into responses to global financial insecurity.
In terms of economic legacy, did Thatcherism work? Or did Bob Hawke's strategy to "bring Australia together" achieve better outcomes, asks Tim Harcourt.
If China acts clearly and forcefully to renounce North Korea's aggression, it will reap the rewards of a big increase in regional influence, writes Ross Buckley.
The commonwealth and NSW governments' proposals regarding judges' remuneration packages raise the issue of public confidence in the consistency of quality throughout the court system, writes Andrew Lynch.
The benefits of high-speed rail in Australia are illusory, and the scheme stands to be another white elephant, argues Peter Swan.
In light of the upcoming G8 summit in Northern Ireland, the rationale for re-regulation of banking according to normative criteria has never been greater, argues Justin O'Brien.
The Prime Minister's newly announced currency conversion deal with China is a good first step on the long march to seamless economic ties, writes Tim Harcourt.