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A Word
This edition ‘hits the selves’ only days before the Morrison government is set to hand down their early budget, opening the door for a quick-fire election. Australia will have decided on the fate of the Coalition government before we at AQ have anoth
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The Human Factor
Yes, it’s the Brave New World of direct-to-consumer genetic testing – and it’s coming to a barbecue near you. Already, the companies that offer the service turn an estimated $100 million in annual global sales. On some estimates, the market will clim
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More Important Than Ever: Antarctica – The Last Frontier
Humans have been grappling with the magnitude and magnificence of Antarctica since their first encounters with the white continent. Almost twice the size of Australia, surrounded by ocean, covered by an average thickness of nearly 2 kilometres of ice
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Ode to Antarctica
Some things cut through. Illuminating and potentially blinding you. The brilliant sparkle of the isolated continent of Antarctica is one such place. So substantial, and so heavy with frozen mass. Giving an air of permanence and untouchability. Antarc
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Democracy Before Dollars: The Problems With Money In Australian Politics And How To Fix Them
The aspiration of representative democracy is that this distance is bridged by strong mechanisms of accountability and responsiveness, as well as an ethos based on the public interest, all of which seek to ensure that government officials rule ‘for t
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Ten-point Plan For Democratic Regulation Of Funding Of Federal Election Campaigns
• Comprehensive:i) low disclosure threshold with amounts under threshold aggregated;ii) covers key political actors (including third parties)• Timeliness: e.g. UK system of quarterly report + weekly reports during election campaign• Accessibility: re
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Ten-point Plan For Democratic Regulation Of Funding Of Political Lobbying
• Cover those regularly engaging in political lobbying (repeat players) including commercial lobbyists and in-house lobbyists• Require disclosure of identities of lobbyists, clients, topics of lobbying and expenditure on lobbying • Quarterly publicat
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Our Decomposing Democracy
The reason for this is that our electorates are bloating, as more and more people are crammed into each constituency. The root cause of this deterioration in our Parliamentary democracy is the limits imposed by section 24 of the Australian Constituti
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The Problem Of Refugee Immigration
EDITOR FORWARD Australia’s immigration history is rocky, yet while each wave of immigration into Australia has met with teething issues, our country is generally proud to call itself an immigration nation. But when it is refugees that are the immigra
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The Distortion Of The Australian Public Sphere: Media Ownership Concentration In Australia
This article will not resort to News Corp bashing, because the problem is far greater than just one company. But there are a few useful case studies emanating from News Corp that I’ll return to. The wider problem is a structural and regulatory issue
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Gonski 2.0: A Controlled Flight Into Terrain
The release of the Gonski 2.0 report in early 2018 provoked a chorus of criticism, much of it derisive, itemising the reliance on platitudes and clichés and its failure to address the terms of reference in any meaningful way. Particularly baffling is
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Degrowth in the Suburbs: A Radical Urban Imaginary There is a sense of urgency within the pages of Degrowth in the Suburbs: A Radical Urban Imaginary – as well there should. Capitalism and its enthusiastic bedfellow, neoliberalism, have fai
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Technology At The Crossroads
As our technologies change society, these dilemmas make us consider our values, ethical frameworks, and the design methodologies that can genuinely decrease harm and increase wellbeing. The board room was already full when I walked in. Someone walked
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Young People, Political Knowledge And The Future Of Australian Democracy
Yet irrespective of the age at which they are able to vote, a young person must understand the Australian system of politics and its electoral system to be prepared to confidently participate in the democratic process. The current problem is that man
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A Word
If there is a nobility within the capitalist project, it is that the whole edifice is built on aspiration. It teaches that the aspirations of the individual will benefit the majority; the greatest benefit arises from everyone striving for themselves.
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Follow the Desire Lines Remaking Australia
The key to our future will lie in our capacity to envision this shared future. Visionary thinking – the imagination and expression of the possible – provides a vehicle to engage, explore, critique and discover. These visions help us create new storie
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A Word
‘Have you tried to turn it off and on again?’ Since John Howard left office, no Australian Prime Minister has survived from one election to the next. After a decade of poisoned chalices, late-night knifings, parliamentary chaos, and increasing partis
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Beautiful Weather: The Social Politics Of Global Warming
ARTICLE BY: DAVID RITTER In one of the park’s corners still stand tall chocolate-coloured brick chimneys and domed kilns from the brick works that used to hold sway over this land, now as anachronistic as ancient plinths. The parkland itself is an op
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Book Review The Coal Truth
BY DAVID RITTER REVIEW BY: THE EDITOR You can feel the heat coming off the pages. Opening in the steamy locales of a suburban Sydney summer, The Coal Truth’s first chapter is familiar and idyllic. Yet, like heat shimmers at the periphery of your visi
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A Word
By the time you read this, we will have had ourselves an election. Yet one thing is increasingly obvious – something that bears out in this edition: How the country votes is, in many ways, irrelevant. If the fabric of politics and the tapestry of Aus
AQ: Australian Quarterly7 min read
Big Challenges, Micro Solutions: Closing The Loop In Australia’s Waste Crisis
ARTICLE BY: PROFESSOR VEENA SAHAJWALLA This crisis has brought into sharp focus that Australia’s waste is Australia’s problem, at the very same time that consumers, more than ever, are seeking to reduce environmental impacts and create more sustainab
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The Surprise State
ARTICLE BY: DR GEOFF GARRETT AO “So what does a Chief Scientist do? ~ My question, back in the middle of 2010, when Queensland’s first and excellent Chief Scientist, Peter Andrews called me. Seven years into the job and looking to ‘retire', he emphas
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UNSW’s Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) Centre is collaborating with various businesses and organisations to help translate our recycling and reformation technology into commercial reality. In one example, we are partn
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The Difficult Problem: Chronic Pain and the Politics of Care
ARTICLE BY: SEAMUS BARKER AND PROF G. LORIMER MOSELEY This approach is presumably intended to reduce the Government’s fiscal risk, and the associated ‘moral hazard’ assumed to arise if governments were to accept subjective reports of pain as a legiti
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Why Australia needs a Magnitsky Law
ARTICLE BY: GEOFFREY ROBERTSON QC AND CHRIS RUMMERY What could possibly have provoked a Russian President to single out an individual during such a high-level diplomatic meeting? The same President who has been accused of green-lighting the poisoning
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Smart Cities: Socio-Technical Innovation for Empowering Citizens
ARTICLE BY: PROFESSOR ALI BABAR Like everywhere else, Australian governments, councils, and private sectors are realising that it is becoming imperative to find solutions to effectively and efficiently manage city resources while providing social and
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