Social Affairs

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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.

Pasi Sahlberg, Gonski Institute for Education

The damaging effects of NAPLAN could be avoided by moving to sample testing of students, says a submission to governments by the Gonski Institute for Education at UNSW Sydney.

A review by the UNSW Social Policy Research Centre for the federal government calls for a strong disability focus in mainstream policy.

The responsibility for reducing emissions flows from federal to state to local governments, as well as to individual cities.

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Today's school strike shows passionate and engaged young people will act to protect their future from the worst effects of climate change, says UNSW Canberra Climate Scientist Dr Sophie Lewis. 

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Housing markets never have met the lowest-income households' needs. Now is the time to tackle problems that have been years in the making by creating a better system to supply their housing.

The royal commission needs to be reflected in the federal budget and to consider research into the complex nature of violence and abuse as well as societal shifts in the concept of ‘disability’.

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School students who demand meaningful action on climate change deserve to be heard, not silenced.

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Heading into the state election, neither of the major parties has a policy to address increasing congestion on transmission lines joining wind and solar farms to the electricity grid.

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There is an increasing push-back in society against gender equality issues that can also spread into the workplace.

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