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The challenge on Indigenous rights is to achieve reform that goes beyond limited understandings of these issues as being symbolic or practical. AAP/Dan Peled

The Uluru statement showed how to give First Nations people a real voice – now it’s time for action

Instead of paying lip service to promoting Indigenous Australians' rights as First Nations, the next federal government should be guided by the Uluru Statement from the Heart to make real progress.
As prime minister, republican Malcolm Turnbull said there would be no more moves towards an Australian head of state while Queen Elizabeth remained on the throne. AAP/Ward/WENN.com

If Labor wins government, will an Australian republic finally take the crown?

Bill Shorten is committed to an Australian head of state, but it will likely take lost priority to constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.
Scott Morrison’s claim that Operation Sovereign Borders is the country’s great national security achievement overlooks all that has been achieved in a complex area. AAP/Lukas Coch

National security is too important to be abandoned to the politics of fear

Too often, politicians use matters of national security for nakedly political advantage. It's a dangerous ploy, and it's time it stopped.
Issues such as how best to smooth the transition to renewable energy still need much more policy certainty. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

We can be a carbon-neutral nation by 2050, if we just get on with it

Australia's current greenhouse emissions target is not ambitious enough, and we're not on track to hit even this modest goal. But the potential is there to hit zero emissions by mid-century if we try.
Christopher Pyne (left) and Steve Ciobo are set to announce they will not contest their seats at the May election. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Cabinet ministers Pyne and Ciobo set to head out door

The defence minister and defence industry minister are set to become the latest in a string of high-profile government MPs exiting at the upcoming election.
The number of Medicare claims Australians make in a year doubled between 1984 and 2018. By Sopotnick

More visits to the doctor doesn’t mean better care – it’s time for a Medicare shake-up

Paying doctors a fee for each service they provide isn't delivering optimal value for the health dollar. Instead, we should pay doctors a lump sum to care for a patient's medical problem over time.
Current levels of population growth become a problem for Australians when investment in infrastructure like public transport fails to keep up. David Moir/AAP

Solving the ‘population problem’ through policy

Population growth in Australia is a problem mainly because of the lack of a coherent national policy to manage it. The focus needs to be on maintaining quality of life through sustainable growth.
It is becoming harder to argue that neoliberal market solutions, from tax cuts to deregulation, will necessarily benefit and protect ordinary voters. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Win or lose the next election, it may be time for the Liberals to rethink their economic narrative

Whether they form the next government or not, the Liberals need to reconsider their reliance on neoliberal economics, which may no longer be serving the party – or the country.

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