Libertarians have a deeply atomising picture about communities, states, even about what it is to be human.
David Leyonhjelm's parliamentary inquiry into what he calls “the nanny state” reflects a view of human beings as essentially independent individuals. But that's not kind of society most of us want.
The Chief Justice of the Federal Circuit Court suggested Australia had an obligation to track down and look after the welfare of such children.
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Fresh details have emerged of a 2012 case of an Australian couple who were delivered twins via a commercial surrogacy arrangement in India, but brought only one twin home. Does Australia have obligations to ensure the other twin's welfare?
Both the ASX and ASIC were aware BBY was struggling before its collapse but allowed it to continue trading.
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As investors and unsecured creditors remain in limbo over the collapse of financial services group BBY, where were the regulators?
If universities' main aim is securing funding for their survival, learning takes a back seat.
Universities' pursuit of stable income streams means they are corrupting the reason they exist in the first place.
Only one banker has been forced to serve prison time as a result of the global financial crisis.
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Jailing bankers for failing to uphold an ethical code is possible - it's simply a matter of enforcing current laws.
Funding CCTV cameras annihilated a proposal in NSW to create a mentoring program directed at young women in prisons or undergoing release.
Women coming out of jail require forms of assistance that are not simply directed at technologies for prevention or elimination of recidivism, but rather that are focused on health and well-being.
For a modest amount, the Custody Notification Service provides NSW with one of the most effective strategies in curbing Indigenous deaths in police custody.`
Without the Custody Notification Service in NSW, deaths of Indigenous people in police custody will almost certainly increase, along with the over-representation of Indigenous people in prison.
What if jet fuel could be grown sustainably?
What if you could grow biofuels on land nobody wants, using just seawater and sunlight, and produce food at the same time?
ASIC Chairman Greg Medcraft wants to be able to charge banks that enable damaging corporate culture.
Recent regulator outrage about the state of banking culture overlooks the fact regulators often look the other way.
Our research metrics have been twisted from their original purpose to determine quality.
Metrics are changing the way research is conducted and funded, and for the worse. They need to be radically revised to measure genuine scientific output.
The Curtis Island gas precinct is one of the biggest developments along the Great Barrier Reef coast.
The coast alongside the Great Barrier Reef is home to ports, farms, holiday resorts, and more than a million people. It all puts pressure on the Reef, and it's time for some firms plans to manage it.
Convicted Societe Generale rogue trader Jerome Kerviel - part of a bigger system turning a blind eye to industry conflicts.
As long as fund managers and traders work for the same companies, the problems plaguing the financial sector will continue.
There are 100 females for every 80 males at university. Who else goes to uni? And how is it changing?
In 1970 there were 269 male university students per 100 female university students. However females overtook males in 1987 and now there are 80 males for every 100 females.
The MV Shen Neng I spills oil onto the Great Barrier Reef in 2010. Large accidents are rare, but there is still very little monitoring of long-term chronic damage from shipping.
Port traffic near the Great Barrier Reef will more than double by 2025, as coal and other exports grow. While major incidents are rare, the chronic toll on the reef itself still remains largely unknown.
Countries should make pledges to fund low-carbon research - such as developing solar technology - and development as part of global climate talks.
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Countries will take emissions reduction pledges to international climate talks in Paris at the end of this year. Those pledges should also include funds for low-carbon R&D.
Banks including Barclays are being hit with another round of fines for bad behaviour.
Increased regulation is doing little to stem the tide of bank scandals, with fines racking up. It's time more bankers were held to account.
Should primates such as chimpanzees be given rights normally reserved for humans?
The question of furnishing non-human animals with rights normally reserves for humans is more complex than it might seem.
Reducing lead exposure has health, social and economic benefits.
Soil, dust and air-based exposure to lead can interfere with a child's developing nervous systems and cause behavioural and developmental problems.
Treasurer Joe Hockey’s failure to talk about basic measures of the economy in his second budget speech is telling.
A budget speech that fails to discuss basic measures of how the economy going is revealing in itself. Joe Hockey is the first treasurer since at least 1981 not to mention GDP.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey have come under increasing pressure to crack down on tax avoidance and white collar crime.
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If Treasurer Joe Hockey is serious about cracking down on white collar crime, he should bolster the new Serious Financial Crime Taskforce with stronger whistleblower protection legislation.