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At least in the movies, Superman is getting less productive. We are scarcely any more productive than we were two years ago, and it is weighing on wages. Shutterstock

Unlocking Australia’s productivity paradox. Why things aren’t that super

In the midst of the information technology revolution, Australia's productivity growth has been slowing. It ought to have been the other way around.
It pays to pay attention to small changes. They end up determining what works. Shutterstock

Tinkering can achieve a lot. Politics isn’t broken

Big social and economic reforms are rare. What's much more common is tinkering. It happens all the time and shapes the big changes when they come.
Women of the Peppimenarti community, about 320 km south-west of Darwin. The statistics suggest Indigenous households in remote and very remote areas are more effective at managing money to avoid hardship. AAP Image/Dan Peled

Traditional culture may help Indigenous households manage money better

We decided to dig into the statistics and compare the experience of financial stress in Indigenous and non-Indigenous households. Our findings surprised us.
Mountain biking seems harmless but can damage soil and scare wildlife. Pixabay

Trails on trial: which human uses are OK for protected areas?

National parks and nature reserves are vital for conservation, but are also great places for recreation. Balancing the two is tricky, but it can be done if we realise parks are not just playgrounds.
Despite numerous inquiries and hundreds of recommendations in mental health over the years, little has changed. from www.shutterstock.com

If we’re to have another inquiry into mental health, it should look at why the others have been ignored

The key challenge in mental health is finding the political will and the financial and community resources to do what has already been described in thousands of pages and hundreds of recommendations.
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.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced he will amend laws that allow schools to expel gay students. Joel Carrett/AAP

There’s no argument or support for allowing schools to discriminate against LGBTIQ teachers

Public opinion polls and a survey of Australian youth show there's little support for allowing schools to hire or fire teachers based on their sexual orientation.

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