Analysing the 2013 election through the lens of the past.

How I support the Labor Party and still sleep at night.
Laura Soderlind

Mental illness, particularly among youth, is a growing challenge for the state's health services. Michael Notaras says greater funding for mental health programs will ease the burden on the overall health system.

This election, voters could ask whether Australia could be a diplomat, rather than a deputy in the Asian century.
David Malet

As we prepare to vote on Saturday, are we mainly considering our own hip pocket or longer-term issues about the good of society? Karen Block

Education continues to be at the forefront of the campaign, with millions of dollars in funding promised. But Stephen Dinham argues these announcements largely fail to address the underlying issues.

UPDATE: Rudd to bring forward the ETS
Peter Christoff

Sometimes the only thing that will get noticed in an election campaign is an orange fish costume. Cameron Wheatley

Oral health is a significant public health issue in Australia and yet it is often neglected in government health-related polices. Lisa Gibbs says governments should be working harder to put a smile on your face.

The difficulties of pricing policies. 
Michael MacWilliam

 

 

We've seen the emergence of 'fact-checking' in the media. What about 'promise checking'?  
Associate Professor Sally Young

Throughout the election campaign both parties have been keen to spruik their educational credentials.  Suzanne Rice and Kira Clarke look at just how their policies stack up? 

Labor announces major changes to asylum seeker policy.
Jonathan Schultz

The Abbott government considers implementing its policies. Wes Mountain

The issue of how best to deal with asylum seekers seeking to reach Australia by boat is one of the most controversial. 
Melissa Phillips

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