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Not just activists, 9 out of 10 people are concerned about animal welfare in...

The live export of animals the top welfare concern of people in a recent report. AAP Image/Kelly Barnes Recent protests by animal welfare activists on Australian abattoirs and farms and city streets triggered a backlash from meat-lovers and MPs. The activists...

How to transition from coal: 4 lessons for Australia from around the world

A Hazelwood power station employee hangs his hat on the fence after it closed after 52 years of operation. AAP Image/Mal Fairclough With 12 coal power stations in Australia closed since 2013, a full transition out...

Avoid the politics and let artificial intelligence decide your vote in the next election

Would you let AI decide who you should vote for? Shutterstock/CYCLONEPROJECT If trust in our politicians is at an all time low, maybe it’s time to reconsider how we elect them in the first place. Can...

The brutal truth on housing. Someone has to lose in order for first homebuyers...

One set of policies acknowledges reality. Shutterstock On housing, the contrast between the two major parties on housing couldn’t be clearer. The Coalition is still pretending that you can help first homebuyers without hurting anyone....

After six years as opposition leader, history beckons Bill Shorten. Will the ‘drover’s dog’...

Eyes on the prize: if the polls are right, Bill Shorten will become the next prime minister. But what kind of prime minister would he be? AAP/Lukas Coch “I believe a drover’s dog could...

Mounting evidence the tide is turning on News Corp, and its owner

There is a sense that democratic societies have had enough of Murdoch’s propaganda machines masquerading as news services. AAP/Dan Himbrechts There is mounting evidence that Australia is sick of Rupert Murdoch and the political propaganda...

Mine are bigger than yours. Labor’s surpluses are the Coalition’s worst nightmare

Cutting back on dividend imputation will pay dividends to Labor's budgets for years to come. Shutterstock On Friday morning the Coalition’s worst dream came true. All throughout the campaign, and all through the two terms...

Grattan on Friday: Bill Shorten’s moment of ‘connection’ brings back memories of Beaconsfield

Shorten may also have gained a little fireproofing for the run up to polling day thanks to News Corp. Lukas Coch/AAP Some old Labor hands have been recalling this week the appearances of Bill...

Why Labor’s childcare policy is the biggest economic news of the election campaign

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Goodstart Early Learning Centre director Suzan Baljevic read to children at Ryde in Sydney, February 1. Dan Himbrechts/AAP In an election campaign full of giveaways but short on serious...

Money for hospital emergency departments in Shorten’s campaign launch

Shorten will say that Labor is offering “the biggest health care plan any party has ever offered at an election”.  Lukas Coch/AAP Bill Shorten announced funding to upgrade hospital emergency departments and cut waiting times at...