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Seen here with the Prime Minister, Karen Andrews is one of few recent ministers for science who has a university education in STEM. Mick Tsikas / AAP

STEM is worth investing in, but Australia’s major parties offer scant details on policy and funding

We've had ten federal ministers with titular responsibility for science since 2007 – five under the coalition and five under Labor. That variation and a lack of consistent vision has an impact.
Interdisciplinary programs can help to address Canada’s data deficit gap. Shutterstock

The art and science of analyzing Big Data

Canada's data deficit represents an absence of information; however, just as crucial is the deficit in the skills required to analyze collected data.
Though agriculture is a necessity, we rarely take time to understand the realities of the farming industry and the farmers who toil on the land. Shutterstock

A moment to honour our dwindling farm communities

Changing demographics in small-scale farming have had a severe impact and affect farmer motivation, especially among youth
The HECS system is a hybrid policy approach that ensures Australian universities remain accessible while funding remains sustainable. Dean Lewins/AAP

Market v government? In fact, hybrid policy is the best fit for the 21st century

From the 20th-century process of policy trial and error, the nations that married the strengths of markets and government came out ahead.
Australia’s Prime Minister and Minister for Jobs and Innovation meet with scientists at the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Michael Chambers/AAP

Servant or partner? The role of expertise and knowledge in democracy

Plato suggested we leave complex things to experts and Aristotle suggested we leave them to the people. That tension has carried through to modern debates about where expertise belongs.

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