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Bill Bellotti

Angst over berries makes case for ‘good, clean, fair’ food

For consumers worried about where their food comes from, part of the long-term solution lies in more food consumers becoming food literate and empowered to exercise their influence.


David Rowe

Australia’s summer of sporting events – has it been worth it?

Football’s Asian Cup and cricket’s World Cup have brought representative teams of 27 sporting nations to these shores, but are they worth the effort, cost and risk?


Dr  David Burchell

Political instability in Australia mirrors Europe; expert

The recurring instability of political leadership in Australia has raised the spectre the country may be heading down the same path as Europe, according to a political historian from the University of Western Sydney.


Partha Gangopadhyay

Greece's rockstar Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis caught between two masters

Decades ago, before Yanis Varoufakis became the rock-star finance minister of Greece, we developed some game-theoretic models of macroeconomics. In his new role, he faces an entirely different batch of contests.


Milad Milani

Intolerance and blasphemy in the modern world

The tradition of freedom of expression on religious matters is not quite so venerable as many seem to imagine in the outcry at the killing of Charlie Hebdo journalists and cartoonists in Paris.


Water bombing helicopter

The role of climate change in future bushfire risk

Fire ecologist Dr Matthias Boer, from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment comments on the impact of climate change on future bushfire risk in Australia.


Paris policeman standing in traffic

Charlie Hebdo attack raises concerns about the security and fragility of egalitarian values, says expert

Historical sociologist and expert on Islam, Dr Milad Milani says Islam has historically respected the boundaries between ‘Church and State’; it is Islamist ideology that does not respect this boundary.


Rae Dufty Jones

Regional Australia can be a carrot or stick in new refugee policy

The Safe Haven Enterprise Visa seems to provide a shard of hope for those irregular immigrants seeking long-term asylum in Australia.



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