Curtin University

With more than 44,000 students, Curtin University is one of Australia’s largest tertiary institutions. Based in Perth, Western Australia, it boasts a strong international presence with campuses in Sydney, Singapore and Malaysia. Curtin offers a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in business, health sciences, humanities, Aboriginal studies, science and engineering. It is also recognised for its research in the areas of minerals and energy, ICT and emerging technologies, health and sustainable development.

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It is an attractive proposition to say we would gain significant efficiencies if there were a limited number of major providers of government-funded human services. shutterstock

There are more useful questions to ask than whether Australia has ‘too many’ charities

If we continue to base our views of the charity sector on incorrect assumptions and perceptions we run the risk of doing considerable damage to a national asset.
Just think of it as a battery that can also take you to the shops. Steve Jurvetson/Wikimedia Commons

How electric cars can help save the grid

By boosting the demand for energy from the grid, electric cars could help create an incentive for more renewable energy investment, while smoothing over issues with supply and demand.
Scott Morrison has recently broadened the range of affordable housing policy options he’s considering, and moving beyond simplistic supply-side solutions would be a positive development. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Australia’s almost a world leader in home building, so that isn’t a fix for affordability

The housing supply solution our leaders are advocating will only work if affordability is simply a problem of supply. In fact, Australia is almost a world leader in rates of new housing production.
A polarising election issue in Western Australia, the Roe 8 project illustrates the need for better and more democratic decision-making. Gregory Roberts/AAP

What would a wise democracy look like? We, the people, would matter

One reason Perth's Roe 8 project is the subject of passionate protests is that it's a case of a government asserting power over people rather than exercising power with local communities.
Children sit at a makeshift camp for internally displaced people in Houdhieda, Yemen. Reuters/Abduljabbar Zeyad

Yemen

In Yemen, the civil conflict will likely drag on in a stalemate between the Houthi movement in the north and the Hadi government…
Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir will likely intensify the Washington charm offensive and continue to stress Saudi Arabia’s indispensability to regional security and terrorism matters. XXSTRINGERXX Xxxxx/Reuters

Saudi Arabia

This year will continue to be a period of great uncertainty in Saudi Arabia. After a deterioration of relations with the United States under President Obama, the kingdom will be focused on strengthening…
Ice Wars invokes fear and stigma - both of which are very unhelpful in battling drug dependence. Screen Shot/ABC website

‘Ice Wars’ message is overblown and unhelpful

Without doubt, crystal methamphetamine, like many drugs (including alcohol) is capable of causing immense harm. But when facts are distorted to create fear and stigma it helps no one.
Australia’s universities are great at green innovation, but not so good at going low-carbon themselves. PrinceArutha/Wikimedia Commons

Australia’s universities are not walking the talk on going low-carbon

University research has shown us how urgently we need to reduce greenhouse emissions. Yet only three Australian universities have followed through by committing unequivocally to cutting carbon.

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