#ScoMo: Unmasking Australia’s 30th Prime Minister – Part 1

By · September 27th, 2018

The drama may have ended, but political uncertainty remains untouched as Scott Morrison assumes office as the 30th Prime Minister of Australia. In her two-part analysis, Jessica Tang critically examines the public policy of Australia’s former Treasurer.

Dostoevsky to those who want to change the world: Part 1 of 2

By · September 21st, 2018

Can we really change the world? Can we really build a heavenly utopia on Earth? Sao Yang Hew uses the perspective of a Russian author’s psychological literature to answer these questions.

A game of cartel combat

By · September 19th, 2018

In a corporate landscape seemingly rife with dubious activity and insufficient regulatory reach, the ACCC’s game theory based whistleblower approach to cartels may be an unexpected diamond in the rough. Tingnan Li forgoes a cape but nevertheless investigates this unlikely hero.

The economic contribution of mega sporting events and professional sport

By · September 14th, 2018

Miguel Ayala puts an economic lens over mega sporting events and examines the costs and benefits for host countries committing to significant investments in these long-term projects.

Getting the market ready for the NDIS

By · September 12th, 2018

Jasmine Nguyen explains the rationale for the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the necessary interventions to get it working as intended.

Does the collapse of the Turkish lira pose more than just a local threat?

By · August 31st, 2018

The Turkish lira has had a rough start to 2018. Nathan McClelland explores the factors propelling its downward spiral, and whether the global economy could be affected.

Global health in a globalised world

By · August 29th, 2018

Globalisation has allowed for a great dispersion of medical technologies and has enriched countries, providing them with more capital to invest in their health systems. It has also left communities vulnerable and poor, exacerbating inequalities. A balance needs to be found, writes Lemia Bickalo.

Spills and Thrills: Liberal Party in Disarray Over Dutton Leadership Challenge

By · August 23rd, 2018

Many of us thought that the Liberal party leadership spill on Tuesday would end internal tensions between the conservative and moderate factions of the Liberal party, however, it was just the start of a tumultuous week. Winona Horton from the Political Interest Society discusses this weeks Turnbull-Dutton Saga and it’s significance to Australian politics.

How much should politicians be paid? (Part 1 of 2)

By · August 21st, 2018

Are countries getting it right when it comes to politicians’ salaries? In this two-part series, Hasitha Jayatilake explores the merits to increasing pay and benefits for lawmakers.

The rationality of consuming addictive substances

By · August 17th, 2018

People often think of addiction as being diametrically opposed to rationality. Yet why do so many consume addictive substances? And what makes them addictive?

Why Performance-Based Incentives for Teachers Make No Sense

By · August 13th, 2018

There have been multiple attempts by federal and state politicians to introduce performance pay policies for teachers. Thomas Granger debunks the common arguments made for performance-based pay and discusses how we can improve our education system by providing our teachers with more resources and better support.

In defence of uncertainty

By · August 8th, 2018

Nick Henderson argues that a counterintuitive dose of uncertainty is not just beneficial, but essential for economic and moral development.

Never forget: ‘It’s the economy, stupid’

By · August 5th, 2018

Some people are hoping that Trump doesn’t see the beginning of a second term. Mitchell Harvey explains why they shouldn’t hold their breath and how Trump might be a continuing fixture in their lives.

Navigating Australia’s Energy Policy

By · August 2nd, 2018

Australia’s energy market has long dominated media headlines. Sarah Fung discusses a number of key reports released this year which make short, medium, and long-term recommendations on what investments need to made to ensure the stability and sustainability of the energy market.

Name a more iconic duo than sequels and franchises

By · August 1st, 2018

In the face of fresh challenges, Hollywood finds solace in the arms of a new beau: the blockbuster film-franchise. Tingnan Li attempts to make sense of this commercial love story.

#ESSADebate: President Xi and the Abolition of Term Limits

By · July 30th, 2018

In March, China abolished presidential term limits from its constitution, allowing the current President Xi to rule the country indefinitely. Term limits had been established in 1981 during the leadership of Den Xiaoping during a liberal era of the country’s history and were intended to move the country away from the shadow of the totalitarian rule of Mao Zedong. Now, the erasure of term limits has been widely condemned with many speculating that it is a step back towards a more totalitarian China.

House prices are falling, but this isn’t good news for first-home buyers

By · July 27th, 2018

George Kopelis takes a closer look at a housing market which is not as accessible as the headlines suggest.

From Ancient Rome to Adam Goodes: The History of Mixing Politics with Sport

By · July 23rd, 2018

Bringing politics onto our sacred sporting grounds is seen to violate the principle that sport should be a neutral and unifying place. Dan Crowley looks at this fallacy and explores the important role sport has played in politics throughout history; from the Ancient Greek Olympics to apartheid South Africa.

Oplan Tokhang: The Philippines’ War on Drugs

By · May 25th, 2018

Earlier this year, the Filipino government relaunched its violent crackdown on drugs. Sao Yang Hew discusses the unintended consequences of the infamous drug war on the people of the Philippines.

Cryptocurrency and the Future of Central Banking

By · May 24th, 2018

In the past months, we have seen massive variations in the values of cryptocurrencies. Earlier in the year, some predicted that people would soon replace their usage of traditional currencies with crypto-currencies. Michael Manoussakis explores the implications of such a change.

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