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Guest Expert

Apart from our regular team of experts, we frequently publish commentary from guest contributors who are authorities in their field.


The root of Sydney and Melbourne’s housing crisis: we’re building the wrong thing

By 2022, Sydney will need to provide housing for an additional 309,000 households, while Melbourne will need an additional 355,000 households. So why are we building flats, when it’s family-friendly dwellings we’ll need writes… Bob Birrell, Monash University As is well known, the shortage of affordable separate housing in Sydney and Melbourne means that most first…


Buggered if I know where I am: the stories behind Australia’s weird and wonderful place names

Behind every place name is a story, a new book catalogues the adventures, mistakes and history behind Australia’s weirdest, from Bungle Bungle to Spanker Knob, writes… Joshua Nash, University of New England Why is it that despite how much and how often we use toponyms (place names) linguists, geographers, cartographers, and historians know so little…

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We must do something about jobs for young people in a world of automation

Young Australian jobseekers are facing a difficult future due to the loss of many traditional entry-level positions to automation, a solution may lie in bold policy ideas, writes… Shirley Jackson, University of Melbourne As technology advances and changes our economy, young jobseekers will bear the brunt of changes in the labour market.  With the increasing…

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AAA rating saved despite bigger deficits in budget update

The government has made a concerted bid to reinforce Australia’s AAA credit credentials by ensuring the budget is still projected to return to surplus in 2020-21, writes… Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra The government has been successful with its concerted bid to reinforce Australia’s AAA credit credentials by ensuring the budget is still projected to…


What is rumbling Australia’s economy ahead of MYEFO

A lot has changed in the global economy since the Federal Budget 2016, writes… Remy Davison, Monash University The Turnbull government’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) takes place in a dramatically different environment from 2015-16.  The dual shocks of Brexit, and the promulgation of a protectionist Trump administration in 2017, present major challenges to…