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Over the past 20 years the number of international branch campuses (IBCs) have grown like “mushrooms in the rain”. Will their entry be beneficial to Indonesians? Shutterstock

Welcoming foreign universities: is it a good deal for Indonesians?

Foreign universities can provide quality education while also opening avenues for global research. However, initiatives must be put in place to make sure they are accessible to all Indonesians.
The statistics show the wealthiest households are getting a growing share of household wealth. The Productivity Commission is trying to tell us they are not. ALAN PORRITT/AAP/ABS

It’s not just the ABS. It’s also the Productivity Commission downplaying the growth in inequality

Freedom of Information documents show the Bureau of Statistics spent a good deal of effort toning down news of rising inequality. The Productivity Commission seems to have been at it too.
Mozambique uses income as a measure of poverty. On this basis, poverty has declined over the past two decades. ANTONIO SILVA/epa

Mozambique case study shows that poverty is about much more than income

Income is a useful measure for tracking economic progress over time. But a broader lens is needed to understand the relational and often political ways in which poverty emerges and is reproduced.
The avocado latte is indeed a thing, but young Australians are spending less on luxuries than they used to, while older Australians are spending more. Shutterstock

For the first time in a long time, we’re setting up a generation to be worse off than the one before it

A new Grattan Institute study finds that for the first time in a long time, young Australians are no better off than those who came before, and are likely to do worse.
Dalia Yashar, one of the first Saudi female students in training to become commercial pilot, pictured on July 15, 2018. Her future passengers will include solo women travelers, too. Reuters/Hamad I Mohammed

Saudi women are fighting for their freedom – and their hard-won victories are growing

Saudi women may now travel without a man's permission, easing one of the most repressive aspects of the country's 'guardianship' system. Women in Saudi Arabia gained the right to drive last year.
Activists rallied in New York City in July 2016 to protest police-involved shootings. a katz/Shutterstock.com

Police are more likely to kill men and women of color

According to a new study, about 52 of every 100,000 men and boys, and about 3 of every 100,000 women and girls, are killed by police in the US.

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