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On average, one woman every week is killed in Australia. There needs to be more focus on both response to gender violence and prevention. Jean Gerber/Unsplash

The latest action plan to tackle violence against women isn’t perfect, but it takes a much-needed holistic approach

We need to stop violence against women before it starts. The federal government's Fourth Action Plan might not provide all of the answers, but it's a sign of positive progress.
State government remains an important part of the Australian political landscape. Wes Mountain/The Conversation

State governments are vital for Australian democracy: here’s why

Despite intermittent calls to remove them, state governments provide important checks on federal power, and a number of difficult, vital services for the communities they serve.
A pot of flowers adorned with a cross hangs from the picket fence where University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was tied, beaten and left for dead in October 1998. Gary Caskey/Reuters

Out of Matthew Shepard’s tragic murder, a commitment to punishing hate crimes emerged

Twenty years ago, Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered for being gay. A lawyer who helped implement hate crime legislation in Shepard's name reflects on its strengths and limitations.
Gradually reducing stamp duty and negative gearing would minimise the impact on investors. Shutterstock

Gradual reform to capital gains, negative gearing and stamp duty will make housing more affordable

Housing affordability has declined significantly over the past few decades. Slowly reducing negative gearing and capital gains, and switching to property taxes, could reverse this trend.
The federal government has long shown a hiring preference for veterans to help them find jobs following their service. Sara D. Davis/AP Images for U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

US civil service’s preference for hiring military vets comes at a hidden cost

The US government has long shown a hiring preference for veterans. But because of the demographics of the US military, this has limited the federal workforce's diversity.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has questioned whether Meals on Wheels gets ‘results.’ Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

What the Trump team should consider before axing Meals on Wheels funds

Trump's budget director singled out Meals on Wheels as a waste of federal dollars. But identifying bad ways to spend taxpayer money is harder than it sounds.

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