What’s the meme war all about?
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The term “meme” was coined in 1976. Today, these cultural artefacts have gone viral, and are redrawing the boundaries of acceptable political discourse.
A young woman protests at a “Not My President” demonstration against Donald Trump in New York in December 2016.
According to famed anthropologist Arjun Appadurai, the central question of our times is whether we’re witnessing the worldwide rejection of liberal democracy and its replacement by some sort of populist…
The G20 displayed unprecedented global economic leadership in the past. That leadership is needed again today.
The G20 has stopped showing economic leadership at a time when risks are high. Australia can play a role in addressing this.
A technician checks a smart meter data in this file photo. Research suggests the technology fails to affect consumer behaviour.
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Data suggests a smart-meter plan to shift electricity use to off-peak hours has had almost no impact.
The future of citizenship is more distributed, interactive and local than dealing with central government through new technology. That may be sad news for those who wish to interact with the likes of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in virtual reality if not in person.
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The disruptive impact of intelligent machines and new social movements will force us to remake citizenship into a more personal pursuit over the next 150 years.
The South Australian bank levy could illicit a response from Canberra.
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Given the small percentages involved, South Australia's bank levy won't interfere with the federal government's levy, and would arguably be compatible with it.
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Students can now see if their £9,000 a year fees are going to a 'gold-standard' school. But how cynical should they be?
Children marching on the
anniversary of the Soweto uprising.
It's time South Africa stopped stereotyping its young people as being disinterested and morally bankrupt and started engaging them.
One of the cases brought to the ANCP alleged forced evictions at a coal mine in Colombia jointly owned by BHP Billiton.
The Australian government is missing a vital opportunity to promote ethical business practice and mediate disputes before they blow up, by improperly resourcing the ANCP.
The entrance of Arte Moris, Dili, Timor Leste 2017.
Art helps the youth of Timor Leste express their resistance to legal and political authority in the country.
A new generation of workers has underpinned a successful election for Jeremy Corbyn. But can they be harnessed to recreate the power of the poll tax protests?
Making manifesto promises is a misleading trend that is distorting the role of politicians and parliament
ACRI was founded with over A$2.8 million in donations from two wealthy Chinese entrepreneurs that had recently migrated to Australia. Bob Carr (left) was appointed its director.
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If Australia is going to successfully navigate its way through the “Asian Century,” we need independent centres of research excellence on China.
The Conversation sought response from the Australia-China Relations Institute based at the University of Technology Sydney in relation to analysis questioning their research, funding and reporting.
If the government wants to encourage universities to translate their research to a wider audience, they should explicitly pay for it.
In March 2018, all Australian universities will be submitting key performance indicators (KPIs) on their engagement and impact to the Australian Research Council. These measure how well universities engage…
Why have successive federal governments not regulated junk food marketing to control obesity? The reasons aren’t as obvious as you might think.
No wonder obesity is a tough public health issue for governments to deal with. Our research has uncovered a range of barriers to tackling it, some more obvious than others.
Many other businesses are already involved in OBOR, albeit with a cautious approach.
Australia has so far declined China’s offer to formally link the Northern Australia project to OBOR. But it risks losing out on trade and investment if the government doesn't take a stronger approach.
Because the threshold for the Medicare levy exemption is based on family income, the reform will reinforce the move towards higher effective tax rates on low income second earners in a family.
With its recent budget changes, the government is proposing a rise in marginal tax rates across a wide band of middle incomes and a marginal tax rate cut for the top.
The chancellor looks ever more secure as a surge by the SPD falls flat in North-Rhine Westphalia.
There are new requirements for various welfare payment recipients in the latest federal budget.
The government is reinforcing the dichotomy between "them" and "us" with this budget's welfare changes, but it lacks solid evidence of effectiveness.