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16 July 2012
The carbon price is essential for reducing emissions but it is not enough. A proposed auction scheme to get low-emissions technologies started could build a bridge to the carbon market Australia needs.
14 July 2012
Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy says reforms to residential zoning will provide certainty to councils, residents and developers. This admirable aspiration will be realised only if residents are engaged in working out the detail.
10 July 2012
University graduates have higher incomes, better health and more friends than people who never did tertiary study. So why aren’t they more satisfied?
5 July 2012
Preventing the carbon price from falling below a set level will encourage investment and ensure that the carbon market begins to reduce emissions.
30 June 2012
The New South Wales Government’s plan to give residents a say in the overall planning scheme but not over specific sites will only work if the public is genuinely consulted.
25 June 2012
The 2011 census shows that urban Australians are paying a lot for housing that does not necessarily meet their needs. Grattan research shows that people want much more housing choice than is on offer.
5 June 2012
Higher education students are taught never to cut intellectual corners. But higher education policy makers do it all the time. In his Age column, Andrew Norton examines how the Government’s analyses that inform policy are based on flimsy or outdated evidence, inappropriate examples from overseas and a good dash of guesswork.
31 May 2012
The impacts of a carbon-constrained future will become visible to Australians from July 1, 2012, with the introduction of a price on greenhouse gas emissions, a step towards de-carbonising our energy supply by mid-century, writes Tony Wood.
25 May 2012
Aluminum smelting in Australia is falling victim to commercial reality long before the looming spectre of carbon pricing.
18 May 2012
Teacher bonus schemes are yet another example of education reform with the wrong focus. They narrowly look at teachers and their performance, and not the needs of students and their learning. It’s the educational policy equivalent of playing the man and not the ball.