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Unlike shareholders, super fund members won’t have the same powers at AGMs to hold executives to account. Brendan Esposito/AAP

Giving you more say in your super? Not likely with these changes

Many of us barely glance at our own superannuation account balances, so it’s reasonable to predict that only a tiny fraction are likely to go to a super fund annual meeting.
President Macron, President Trump and First Lady Trump attend the 2017 Bastille Day military parade. Yves Herman/REUTERS

Emmanuel Macron staged a punk coup on the Champs-Élysées

The French president's orchestration of the Bastille Day military parade featuring a Daft Punk tune was a deft move that left Trump outmaneuvered, and positioned France as a force to contend with.
A young woman protests at a “Not My President” demonstration against Donald Trump in New York in December 2016. (Shutterstock)

Rallying cry: Youth must stand up to defend democracy

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. Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

The G20’s economic leadership deficit

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. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

Are smart meters delivering on their promise?

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. (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.
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.

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