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President Jacob Zuma delivers his state of the nation address in Cape Town. Critics say he failed to galvanise the nation. Reuters/Sumaya Hisham

Zuma had a chance to galvanise South Africans. He blew it

South African President, Jacob Zuma, wasted lots of time and space in cheap politicking instead of galvanising South Africans to work together for a better future.
Even Australia’s relatively short paid parental leave scheme benefits women’s health. But will proposed changes undermine that? from www.shutterstock.com

Removal of ‘double dipping’ from parental leave may impact mothers’ health

Australian government proposals to ban so-called “double dipping” with paid parental leave (PPL) risks scaling back health benefits for women who take time off to care for their babies.
Of 1082 Indigenous specific. programs identified in the report, 92% have never been evaluated to see if they are achieving their objectives. AAP/Dan Peled

How to get a better bang for the taxpayers’ buck in all sectors, not only Indigenous programs

A new report highlights how little we know about what works and what doesn't when it comes to publicly-funded Indigenous programs. It's a similar story in other policy areas – but we can do better.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (2L) defended the government’s decision to withdraw teachers from Aurukun’s school following the latest incidence of youth violence. Matthew Nicholls/AAP

Governments must stop negatively framing policies aimed at Indigenous Australians

Media reporting and policies almost always tend to focus on what is wrong with Indigenous Australians. This is having unintended consequences.
Jumping to conclusions. Does GDP mislead us? Antoine Gady/Flickr

The science of happiness can trump GDP as a guide for policy

Our feelings of self-worth and contentment are no longer the preserve of writers and artists. Science has made measurement of our well-being a viable alternative to the banalities of economic output.

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