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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. China Daily China Daily Information Corp - CDIC/ Reuters

The Australia-China Relations Institute doesn’t belong at UTS

If Australia is going to successfully navigate its way through the “Asian Century,” we need independent centres of research excellence on China.
If the government wants to encourage universities to translate their research to a wider audience, they should explicitly pay for it. www.shutterstock.com

Why the KPIs on university engagement need more thought

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. from www.shutterstock.com

Fat nation: the rise and fall of obesity on the political agenda

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. Guang Niu/Reuters

Australia risks missing out on China’s One Belt One Road

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. Joe Castro/AAP

Shifting the tax burden to middle-income earners will undermine jobs and growth

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.
After 71 dead refugees were found in an abandoned refrigeration truck in September 2015, the Bochum Theater organized a public reenactment of the tragedy. Ina Fassbender/Reuters

How the refugee crisis is playing out on the German stage

In Germany – a country where going to the theater is a deeply ingrained cultural tradition – the stage is a place to confront pressing political issues.

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