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The government should pick towns, not industries, to fund

OPINION: Professor Rosalind Dixon and Professor Richard Holden (UNSW Business School), The Conversation, 31 May 2017.

Rather than propping up failing industries, what if government instead provided incentives like tax breaks for expanding firms to locate in regional centres? This would help policymakers avoid a retreat to protectionism while also going some of the way to addressing rising inequality in Australia.

Explainer: how proceeds-of-crime law works in Australia

OPINION: Nicholas Cowdery, The Conversation, 1 June 2017.

The nine legal jurisdictions of Australia have a patchwork of laws directed at depriving criminals of the profits of their crimes. There are many similarities between jurisdictions, but the laws are by no means uniform.

What are proceeds of crime?

Power, treaty and truth

Uluru statement offers up different set of priorities

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 May 2017.

The Uluru statement is a landmark moment in the reshaping of our system of government to reflect the aspirations of Australia's first peoples. It is the first time in over a decade of discussion about constitutional recognition that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have had the opportunity to speak with one voice. Their claims have come late in the debate, but must be accorded great weight and respect.

Australian refugee policy: Twists in the tale

OPINION: Dr Claire Higgins, The Interpreter, 25 May 2017.

Two Coalition MPs join Tim Watts in call for more private sponsorship of refugees

Professor Jane McAdam speaks to The Guardian (23 May 2017) regarding Labor MP, Tim Watts gaining support in his bid to increase private sponsorship of refugees.

Professor Jane McAdam, said the proposal was welcomed, “because it will enable more refugees to find protection in Australia, simultaneously stimulating the economy, schools and resources in rural areas”.

Digital media experts call for greater Facebook transparency

David Vaile speaks to ABC PM Radio (22 May 2017) regarding the recent leak of Facebook's guidelines outlining the social media network's guidelines for content monitoring.

Jakarta governor Ahok withdraws appeal against blasphemy jail sentence

Dr Melissa Crouch speaks to The Sydney Morning Herald (23 May 2017) regarding the sentencing of Jakarter Governor and the retraction of his appeal against the charges.

Dr Crouch explains that Ahok's case illustrates many of the challenges that are currently occuring in Indonesia.

She said, "His case is not just a battle between Islamists and the secular state, but also between rival legal institutions." 

Explainer: why 300 Indigenous leaders are meeting at Uluru this week

OPINION: Harry Hobbs, The Conversation, 23 May 2017

Around 300 Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders will gather from today at Uluru to hold a First Nations Convention. Running over four days, the meeting is the culmination of 12 regional dialogues held across the country on the constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.

Lessons of 1967 referendum still apply to debates on constitutional recognition

OPINION: Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby and Gemma McKinnon, The Conversation, 22 May 2017.

Saturday, May 27, marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum. As the date approaches, many are reflecting on a moment that is recalled as one of the great “successes” in the advancement of Indigenous Australians.

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