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  • Indian

    India’s Battle of Babel

    Late in May Indian civil servants were instructed by the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government to give prominence to Hindi on social media, government websites and government ...

    On July 10, 2014 / By
  • Melbourne

    The Tyranny of Good Intentions

    The roundabout is an easily ignored piece of public infrastructure. It’s not aspect of society anyone would attribute any great importance. A roundabout will never win a design ...

    On June 5, 2014 / By
  • Australian

    Returning Income Tax to the States

    In the press and on the street there has been a strong sense that the Abbott Government’s proposed budget is unashamedly aimed at harming the groups in our ...

    On June 3, 2014 / By
  • Indian

    Common State of Being

    While almost everything else in Indian politics and governance is tainted with corruption and sleaze, the independent Election Commission of India is recognised as having strong integrity, and ...

    On May 8, 2014 / By
  • Indian

    Connecting Punjabi Votes

    Stage 7 of voting in the Indian election took place on the 30th of April. While many of the larger states have been broken up into sectors scattered ...

    On May 3, 2014 / By
  • Indian

    The Push and Pull Pluralism of Indian Democracy

    While most of the focus of this election campaign has been on the two parties that will provide the new Prime Minister (Congress and BJP), there are currently ...

    On April 28, 2014 / By
  • Canadian

    Divisive They Stand

    Provincial politics is big in Canada. With a far more decentralised federation than Australia, there is obviously a greater weight given by both the public and media to ...

    On April 3, 2014 / By
  • Australian

    Closed Borders Restrict Human Potential

    The Australian Government’s “border protection” policy relies on the view that the free movement of people is unnatural and disadvantageous to “us” (and as such is unfairly advantageous ...

    On March 29, 2014 / By
  • Afghanistan

    Keeping the peace with a bat and ball

    While Afghanistan’s cricketing success is wonderful purely on a sporting level, it also has wider implications for the stability of the country, the region, and the world at ...

    On March 9, 2014 / By
  • Melbourne

    Urban Paradox

    When the Victorian government announced that Fishermans Bend would be opened up to increased development as part of the vision for a ‘Grand CBD’, there was much gnashing ...

    On February 17, 2014 / By
  • Melbourne

    Expanding Melbourne’s Rail Vision

    In early December the Australian Bureau of Statistics released figures that Melbourne’s population will double to 8.5 million people by 2060. While the Chicken Littles from across the ...

    On January 21, 2014 / By
  • Indian

    An Indian Education

    I’ve never really been one for a planned overseas excursion. I usually just like to put myself in the wind and see where it takes me. The time ...

    On January 20, 2014 / By
  • Australian

    In Defence of Clive Palmer

    Clive Palmer’s entry into the Australian political arena is been the cause of much disquiet among the commentariat. Obviously there is something to be concerned about, regardless of ...

    On November 20, 2013 / By
  • Melbourne

    Such Great Heights

    It was promising to see Guy Rundle’s advice in The Sunday Age (13/10) that people should move on from their anti-height activism in relation to Melbourne’s city centre. However, it ...

    On October 19, 2013 / By
  • Australian

    When Two Tribes Go To War

    My parents don’t know anyone who would vote for the ALP or Greens. My friendship and cultural circles don’t know anyone who would vote for the Coalition. Both ...

    On October 17, 2013 / By