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Women in tech hits new low, jobs data shows

Women in tech hits new low, jobs data shows

Bernard KeaneMay 24, 20171 Comment

The fall in the level of women in Australia's tech sector continues, while manufacturing had one of its best years of recent times, employment data shows.

Australians are better than everyone else at surviving cancer

Australians are better than everyone else at surviving cancer

Bernard KeaneMay 12, 20173 Comments

While cancer remains one of our biggest killers, we've made significant progress in treating it in recent decades -- and we're doing better than anywhere else.

Indigenous gap remains stubbornly wide

Indigenous gap remains stubbornly wide

Bernard KeaneFeb 14, 20171 Comment

The 2017 Closing the Gap report shows disappointingly little progress toward targets for removing or reducing the gap in health and educational outcomes for indigenous Australians.

Private health insurance crisis? Don't bet your life on it

Private health insurance crisis? Don't bet your life on it

Bernard KeaneDec 12, 20164 Comments

The claims that the private health insurance industry is in crisis would look more plausible if the industry wasn't making big profits and hadn't cried wolf about previous "threats".

New study confirms suicide higher for veterans

New study confirms suicide higher for veterans

Bernard KeaneNov 30, 20166 Comments

Australia's ex-servicemen have a much higher rate of suicide than other Australian men, a new study confirms -- and younger men in particular are at risk.

Productivity Commission gets stuck into Australian business

Bernard Keane and Glenn DyerNov 8, 20166 Comments

A new paper from the Productivity Commission revisits an old topic on improving our economic performance. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

Keane: grand final or no, funding sport is a complete waste of money

Keane: grand final or no, funding sport is a complete waste of money

Bernard KeaneSep 30, 201612 Comments

Australia wastes billions of taxpayer dollars on elite sports funding and major sporting events for no benefit whatsoever. It's time to end it.

Beneath the hokum, Porter offers a way forward on welfare

Beneath the hokum, Porter offers a way forward on welfare

Bernard KeaneSep 21, 201612 Comments

While Christian Porter isn't above partisanship and ideology, his welfare reform proposal should offer an opportunity to deliver more effective welfare, especially for groups to whom we owe an obligation, not the other way round.

Sugar, oh, honey honey, I am the nanny state, and you've got me watching you

Sugar, oh, honey honey, I am the nanny state, and you've got me watching you

Bernard KeaneSep 20, 201614 Comments

The dietary villain du jour is now sugar -- supposedly "the new tobacco". Except the facts fit uneasily with this new form of nanny statism.

Congratulations, Australia, you're healthier than you think

Congratulations, Australia, you're healthier than you think

Bernard KeaneJun 9, 201610 Comments

Australians, who are among the healthiest people in the world, got markedly healthier during the 2000s, despite what the public health lobby says.