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Thought Leadership

House prices and demographics make death duties an idea whose time has come

It’s hard to tell what’s happening to the distribution of wealth in Australia. Since death duties went, Australian income inequality has climbed, with the standard measure (known as the Gini coefficient) climbing from 0.27 to 0.32 between 1982 and 2016 on a scale where a result of zero would mean income was equally shared and a result of 1 would mean one person earned all the income. Read More

Is your child lonely at school?

Emerging research suggests that we are now facing a global loneliness epidemic among our young people. In fact, young people are now reporting feelings of loneliness more frequently than those of their parents or grandparents. Read More

Using beloved works of literature to predict the futures of cities

How can we predict the futures of cities? We could study population statistics; we could analyse technological trajectories and business trends to forecast economic possibilities. Or, we could get classically creative by using works of fiction to predict likely scenarios under the 'Literary Method of Urban Design'. Read More

How much behavioural conditionality is too much?

Internationally, the payment of welfare benefits is increasingly being made contingent on a diverse array of behavioural conditions from attending parenting classes, to sending children to school and getting them immunised. We need more debate about the threat this growing regime of surveillance and punishment poses to citizens’ autonomy. Read More