The Price: Resolving Mr Fluffy

  One billion dollars… that is the price. The price upfront of resolving in the ACT at least, the scourge of loose-fill asbestos insulation that has persisted for five decades. The ACT Government has today announced an agreement with the Commonwealth, that will give the territory access to financing of up to $1billion. The concessional loan…

Telling Our Story: History, Orthodoxy and Ideology

On an autumn day, in a church in The Rocks, an Aboriginal farmhand from the Shoalhaven married the daughter of a Yorkshireman. Such a union is hardly controversial by today’s standards, but in 1864, a time when prejudice relegated Aboriginal people to a status afforded little recognition and few rights, it was enough to attract…

Higher Education Cuts: It’s Now That Counts

The headlines were stark; $2.3 billion is be stripped from higher education to help fund the Commonwealth’s school funding reforms. $900 million will be taken from universities directly via an efficiency dividend, while the remainder will come from changes to the Student Start-up Scholarship and abolition of the HECS upfront contribution discount. Student groups wasted…