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    Abolish stamp duty. The ACT shows the rest of us how to tax property
    Abolish stamp duty. The ACT shows the rest of us how to tax property

    Grattan Institute’s State Orange Book 2018 shows that if state treasurers relied less on taxes that hurt the economy and more on the ones that are the very best they could provide a huge boost to their economies.


    Trails on trial: which human uses are OK for protected areas?
    Trails on trial: which human uses are OK for protected areas?

    Roads are one thing, but what about a simple bike trail or walking track? They let in people too. But they are harmless, right?


    Flushing out the connection between design and functionality
    Flushing out the connection between design and functionality

    With the average person spending approximately 2208 hours on the toilet in their lifetime, the ‘water closet’, while ordinary, is inarguably one of the most vital inventions in human history.


    Ideas of home and ownership in Australia might explain the neglect of renters’ rights
    Ideas of home and ownership in Australia might explain the neglect of renters’ rights

    In Australia, when we think of home, we think of ownership. This normalisation of home ownership is reflected in the “Great Australian Dream”, the belief that it’s the best way to achieve financial security.


    How the Internet of Things is keeping Sick Building Syndrome at bay
    How the Internet of Things is keeping Sick Building Syndrome at bay

    By leveraging the power of the Internet of Things (IoT), building managers can accesses data gathered by occupancy sensors installed anywhere within a building so they can gain a more accurate picture of where, when, and how building spaces are used at any given time.


    Earth’s wilderness is vanishing, and just a handful of nations can save it
    Earth’s wilderness is vanishing, and just a handful of nations can save it

    Just 20 countries are home to 94 percent of the world’s remaining wilderness, excluding the high seas and Antarctica, according to a new global wilderness map.


    The new electric vehicle highway is a welcome gear shift, but other countries are still streets ahead
    The new electric vehicle highway is a welcome gear shift, but other countries are still streets ahead

    Perhaps buoyed by a 67 percent increase in the sale of electric cars in Australia last year, the federal government has announced a A$6 million funding injection for a network of ultra-fast electric vehicle recharging stations.


    Making developments green doesn’t help with inequality
    Making developments green doesn’t help with inequality

    Around the world, new developments are increasingly framed as sustainable to both policymakers and prospective buyers. However, recent concerns suggest social inequality often results.


    Australia's dangerous fantasy: diverting population growth to the regions
    Australia's dangerous fantasy: diverting population growth to the regions

    A dangerous fantasy is taking hold in Australia: that government policy can divert population growth from our bulging capital cities to our needy regions.


    Why car sharing had a slow start in Australia - and how that's changing
    Why car sharing had a slow start in Australia - and how that's changing

    Car sharing is now an established transport option in most major Australian cities, but it’s faced its fair share of teething problems. Some of these are unique to Australia.


    Crowd-mapping gender equality – a powerful tool for shaping a better city launches in Melbourne
    Crowd-mapping gender equality – a powerful tool for shaping a better city launches in Melbourne

    The focus of the new Gender Equality Map launched today in two pilot locations in Melbourne is on equality or inequality in their neighbourhood.


    Why we need more than just data to create ethical driverless cars
    Why we need more than just data to create ethical driverless cars

    What do we want driverless cars to do in unavoidable fatal crashes? Today researchers published a paper The Moral Machine experiment to address this question.


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