Australia cannot be complacent about China

The first official overseas trip taken by China’s new President Xi Jinping has revealed a number of key priorities for China in coming years.

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Australia cannot be complacent about China

Advancing rural and regional Australia

Much has been written about the Asian century and how capitalising on it will be paramount to securing Australia’s future.

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Advancing rural and regional Australia

Guarding food security in the national interest

It would seem preposterous to contract our nation’s defence to a foreign country – but this is what we could be potentially doing with our most precious resource – food.

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Guarding food security in the national interest

Rediscovering freedom in anti-discrimination law

The federal Government’s ill-fated Exposure Draft of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill was criticised by a diverse range of organisations. While there were many criticisms of the Bill, in the main there were three major design flaws in the Bill: duplication, overreach and lack of respect for free speech.

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Rediscovering freedom in anti-discrimination law

Reaching for Better Child Care

Child care is a critical component of our modern economy.

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Reaching for Better Child Care

Researching the Asian Century

Every decade or so, it seems, Labor rediscovers Asia like some sort of latter day Vasco da Gama.

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Researching the Asian Century

Overcoming the Threat to Freedom of Speech

The discussion about legitimate restrictions on speech, and in particular the Coalition’s commitment to amend section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, has been a contentious, but important one.

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Overcoming the Threat to Freedom of Speech

Making Family Bonds Stronger

The Brookings Institution economist, Isabel Sawhill, wrote this year that if individuals do just three things—finish High School, work full time and marry before they have children—their chances of being poor drop from fifteen per cent to two per cent.

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Making Family Bonds Stronger

In Pursuit of Modern Marriage

In a sense this is a far more profound exercise but it seems to me in the same way extraordinary that we need to have a book to tell you that marriage is good.

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In Pursuit of Modern Marriage

Reflections from New Zealand

I want to discuss my approach to politics, what drives me, and what the Government I lead in New Zealand has been doing.

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Reflections from New Zealand