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The apparently growing practIce of governments and government officials blocking critics on social media has serious implications for freedom of expression. (Shutterstock)

Why governments must not block social media criticism

Citizens should be free to criticize government authorities on social media platforms, and muzzling such criticism may well be unconstitutional.
Governments face disruption by the private sector and social unrest unless they embrace new technology. Here, Prime Minster Justin Trudeau meets a robot in Edmonton last May as others look on. ( THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)

Technology will make today’s government obsolete and that’s good

Government is about to be disrupted by technology in the same manner as major industries. It's about time.
Post-war Australia experienced a boom with full employment and falling inequality. State Library of Queensland

Governments haven’t always shirked responsibility for our low wages

The federal government could restore its commitment to creating full employment in Australia, using its spending power to make up for any shortfall in private jobs as it did during the post-war boom.
Between 1982 and 2013, the share of home owners among 25-34 year olds shrunk the most, by over 20%. David Crosling/AAP

How governments have widened the gap between generations in home ownership

Between 1982 and 2013, the share of home owners among 25-34 year olds shrunk, by more than 20%. On the other hand, the share of home owners among those aged 65+ years has risen slightly.
Manufacturing still receives 80% of net government assistance, largely due to the remaining small levels of tariff assistance, plus some budget measures. Dean Lewins/AAP

The government is backing the wrong industries, as our economy changes: Productivity Commission

Under current government policy we are penalising the sector of the economy where there is the largest proportion of existing employment and the best prospects for future growth.
Women’s activism has indeed enabled progress to be made in norms and direct gender regulation, but it has not prevented, the growth of market liberalism that has increased regulation distance in many areas. Richard Milnes/ newzulu

Here’s an important reason the gender pay gap isn’t closing

The weakening of collective rights and employment protections has harmed the relative position of women in ways that have offset gains through changing values and individual rights.
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. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

Canada in 150 years: People power will shake up society

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.
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…

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