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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian needs to shed the Treasury view of housing construction as a silver bullet and back former premier Mike Baird’s social and affordable housing program. Nikki Short/AAP

If you’re serious about affordable Sydney housing, Premier, here’s a must-do list

The new NSW premier is right to identify housing affordability as a priority for the people and economy of Sydney. It's not just housing supply that's the problem – action is needed on many fronts.
What is it that gives us a voice? Shutterstock/Sergey Nivens

Explainer: Why the human voice is so versatile

We humans are capable of vocalising many different words in a range of languages. But what is it that gives us a remakable and variable voice?
A wall of Myuran Sukumaran’s self portraits at the Sydney Festival exhibition Myuran Sukumaran: Another Day in Paradise. Supplied

Myuran Sukumaran’s artistic voice is raw, premature and unsettling

Most people who see Myuran Sukumaran: Another Day in Paradise, opening today as part of the Sydney Festival, will already have a strong opinion on the artist and his death – but a few may have their minds changed.
Cyclone Oswald caused flooding that forced the evacuation of more than 100 patients from Bundaberg Hospital to Brisbane in January 2013. Dave Hunt/AAP

Hospitals feel the heat too from extreme weather and its health impacts

Most of our hospitals were not designed to cope with the health impacts of future extreme weather. And hospital infrastructure has not been adapted to secure health care during such events.
Most of the major cemeteries in Australian cities, including Sydney’s Waverley Cemetery, date back to the 1800s. Kate Ryan

Housing the dead: what happens when a city runs out of space?

Most big city cemeteries in Australia date back to the 1800s, so we need to consider our burial options before we reach the point when the number of deaths exceeds the available cemetery plots.
Proponents of the universal basic income overlook its potential to be a reverse Robin Hood scheme. Ibai/Flickr

Universal basic income: the dangerous idea of 2016

The present Australian social security and welfare system can be viewed as a UBI scheme with exceptions for people who don't need it.
What’s missing for elections using technology are careful transparency and scrutiny measures to help mitigate risks and build trust. Reuters/Charles Mostoller

Lessons in trust from America’s experience with electronic voting

Elections worldwide are becoming increasingly dependent on technology. But, typically, the electronic systems adopted suffer from weak transparency and scrutiny even when the outcome is challenged.

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