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  • 8 November 2023

    What are the challenges to academic influence in public policy? And what practical steps are available to bridge the gap between researchers and policymakers?

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  • 31 October 2023

    While governments often prioritise rebuilding roads and other physical infrastructure post-disaster, just as great a focus is needed on supporting communities to build resilient social infrastructure.

    Timothy Heffernan

  • 24 October 2023

    What is the potential for AI to automate repetitive, low complexity tasks in knowledge sectors? And what can government do to manage this transition?

    Ian Opperman (with ChatGPT)



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Australia should enhance the ESG capabilities of small businesses – here’s how

7 July 2023|

Australia can be a leader in sustainable business and contribute to a greener and more socially responsible future by developing strategic supports, incentives, stricter regulations and collaboration platforms for small and medium enterprises.

A black sky and some green shoots: how to shape AI for the common good

4 July 2023|

A passive approach to emerging artificial intelligence technologies could generate significant social problems – but “mission economy” and “just transition” approaches to AI can unlock a better, more inclusive future.

The biggest risks of AI don’t come from it getting smarter than us – they come from us

20 June 2023|

Policymakers should prioritise the risks of inequality, a loss of creativity and self-interested manipulation when thinking about AI.

Mixed messages: policy considerations for the growing use of illicit substances as therapeutic agents in Australia

26 April 2023|

Policymakers should draw on Australian and international lessons from prescribing cannabis to implement effective regulation for the medicinal use of MDMA and psilocybin.

Place-based approaches can help industrial regions decarbonise quicker – here’s how

17 April 2023|

Decarbonising Australia’s industrial sector will be essential for Australia to reach net zero. The Australian Government can set the right policy signals with ambitious long-term goals to diversify economically in new clean industries and coordinate investment in specific locations.

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