Take that extra hour off work. Just don’t spend it burning coal or petrol.
Being time-poor makes it harder to be green, says a study which shows that people who work long hours are more likely to fall short on taking real action to address their environmental concerns.
Shadow Treasurer, Chris Bowen.
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The Shadow Treasurer, Chris Bowen, has said that tax as a percentage of the economy is higher now than it was under the previous government. Is that right?
‘Millions of children in overseas orphanages … would dearly love to have parents’, claims Tony Abbott, and his government is making intercountry adoption easier.
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Most of the world's 'orphans' are not orphans at all and many are caught up in a global trade in meeting demand for adoption. Making intercountry adoption easier adds to the risks for these children.
All music is good for kids, not just ‘Mozart for babies’.
Forcing kids to get involved with classical music won't make them appreciate it.
More mines, more roads, as the government puts its drive towards economic development ahead of all else.
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Amid talk of paths to surplus and investing in infrastructure, both sides of politics seem to have forgotten Australia's longstanding responsibility to govern sustainably, and not just for the economy.
New thinking the way to job creation for people in the 21st century.
The more we automate jobs, the more we need to find new jobs for people, especially if the government wants us to stay in the workforce longer. That's going to take some clever thinking.
Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt at last year’s Green Army launch. Funding for the initiative has been slimmed down but is still more than A$700 million.
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The Federal Budget 2015 makes little mention of emissions reductions or renewable energy, but does feature funding boosts for drought assistance and the Great Barrier Reef. What else is in?
Monetary policy is more nimble than fiscal policy.
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A neutral fiscal policy stance should be the general rule for Australia. It is unwise to attempt to use the federal budget to manage economic growth.
As much of a surprise for those on the mainland.
How did others in Europe cover the election and the surprising results?
Treasurer Joe Hockey may have welcomed this month’s interest rate cut, but it’s now up to the government to boost confidence.
It will take more than monetary policy to get Australia's business and consumer confidence back on track.
Does relentlessly criticising Australia’s human rights record risk doing more harm than good?
Australia's human rights record isn't perfect, but it still good. if Australians aren't able to take some pride in that and be inspired to do even better, over-the-top criticism could backfire.
Nations need to focus on the global carbon budget, not on what their neighbours are doing.
Australia's emissions target will inevitably be compared with other leading nations. But a fair target should be calculated not on a basis of comparison, but on the world's shared 2-degree climate goal.
Australia can expect expansion in sectors such as tourism, the health and financial services sectors, banking and securities.
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Mining, along with agriculture, will continue to be key parts of the Australian economy -- but new growth is expected in the services sector.
In the wake of the Nepal earthquake it’s important people don’t rush in to “rescue” kids who might not in fact be orphaned.
Following the earthquake in 2010, people flocked to Haiti to "rescue" orphaned and lost children. The problem that has since emerged is that many of the "orphans" placed in orphanages and sent for adoption, were not orphaned at all.
Reserve Bank Governor Stevens is expecting subdued public spending.
With today's cut, interest rates are at a record low, due in large part to ongoing concerns about the global economy.
What goes up must come down: Australia’s economy is in for a wild ride ahead.
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Now is not the time for complacency. Australia must be on the front foot if it wants to make the most of what economists are calling the "new normal."
Italy’s Lega Nord scores a victory in parliament.
It might actually be better for the Conservatives to work with Nigel Farage in government.
Australia needs a new Federal Compact to supplement a Constitution now empty of meaning.
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There is almost nothing in the Constitution that helps us make the system function, as against a mass of gaps and silences that are the sources of our problems.
The Australian-Indonesia relationship has become frosty and personal, which will test the diplomatic skills of Tony Abbott and Joko Widodo.
The execution of Bali Nine pair Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan presents major problems for the Australian and Indonesian governments.
A textbook conundrum: stoke an economy or pay down debt?
It's economics 101: to pay down debt, you must restrict spending or raise taxes. To stoke an economy, you've got to do the opposite. So which way will this government go?