Australia’s century-old federation is under strain.
If Australia’s new prime minister wishes to lead a successful 21st-century government, he must tackle the rise in chronic disease and use data to constantly improve the system.
A university graduate outside Parliament House in Canberra.
Universities Australia on Wednesday is releasing a pre-election blueprint calling for major investment in research and innovation.
Mitch Fifield has recognised that Australia’s system of media regulation is outdated.
The problem for Mitch Fifield will be, to a great extent, the same one that has dogged successive large-scale media reform attempts in the past.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to members of his ministerial economic team.
The reform debate in these first days of Malcolm Turnbull's government is dominated by a huge laden table, from which nothing is being removed.
After barely two weeks in office, the direction the Turnbull government is likely to take on climate is beginning to emerge. Remembering that Malcolm Turnbull would not have had the numbers for a spill…
Under the assertive leadership of Xi Jinping, China won’t meekly accept the terms of closer engagement with Australia being determined by the US alliance.
The past two decades were years of sclerosis and decline in Australia’s once creative and agile foreign policy. A new course must be set to meet the challenges of exciting but risky times.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull understands innovation, but the government still lacks a coherent innovation plan.
A coherent innovation policy requires a focus on fostering networks, and learning from economies similar to ours.
Sandwiched on my Facebook feed between a dancing dinosaurs gif and something tritely motivational involving a watercolour, was a plea from a Brisbane teen urging the new PM to take a $1 salary. The gist…
The ills that afflict any society can be dealt with much more effectively when the arts are integrated into the national conversation.
What if Malcolm Turbull’s conception of "21st-century government" imagines a healthy civil society and a responsive economy that values debate, imagination, difference and surprise - all provided by the arts.
A boat used by Indonesian people smugglers in Rote island.
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Malcolm Turnbull confronts a classic “wicked problem” in how to deal with the nearly 1600 asylum seekers who are stuck in terrible conditions on Nauru and Manus Island. A “wicked problem” is one that is…
To win the vote of some conservative Liberals Malcolm Turnbull made it clear that he would stick with the present climate policy and not contemplate an ETS.
Malcolm Turnbull, it seems, cannot escape the emissions trading scheme (ETS) bogey. This time, it comes in the form of China’s plan – which had been foreshadowed but is now confirmed – to introduce a national…
The Turnbull government’s package of measures to respond to domestic violence is a step in the right direction, but much more needs to be done.
Australia needs to treat and respond to domestic violence as a serious crime threat with risk mitigation and crime management strategies.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to his ministerial colleagues during the first meeting of cabinet.
When Malcolm Turnbull boarded a Melbourne tram on Thursday for a newspaper photograph, a cheer went up from passengers.
More science, maths, coding and more modern assessment measures: what a 21st-century education looks like.
Turnbull has said his government is committed to being one "of the 21st century”. So what could that mean for education?
While Julie Bishop stays on as foreign minister, domestic political calculations might be less of a factor in policy if the government can put dire opinion polls behind it.
Australia will benefit if a Turnbull government pursues a foreign policy agenda attuned more to regional and global goals and developments, and less to domestic political challenges.
Malcolm Turnbull’s relaxed and natural demeanour comes as a relief after Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard, except they were once like that too.
Australians have seen their recent prime ministers lose the very qualities as communicators that took them to the top. Malcolm Turnbull's challenge is to avoid succumbing to the same fate.
Malcolm Turnbull is promising a change in leadership style from Tony Abbott, but that alone won’t be enough to qualify as government for the 21st century.
The Abbott government resisted the disruptive changes of the 21st century. To succeed, the Turnbull government will need to shed this reactionary mindset and embrace inevitable change.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, accompanied by his wife Lucy, greet people as they walk along Oxford Street.
The polling sends a strong message: Malcolm Turnbull starts his prime ministership with people wanting to think the best of him. Essential has found people believe Turnbull is intelligent (81%), hardworking…
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull poses for a picture after a swearing-in ceremony at Government House in Canberra.
The change of prime minister has put the Coalition ahead in Newspoll for the first time since before the 2014 draconian budget.