Focus issue 165 December 2010
Energy options: choices, costs and attitudes
By Martin Thomas AM FTSE
The development of consistent, nationally harmonised regulations takes time. Currently, major power system investors view Australia as an unattractive haven for power system investment.
Water: what is the future for Australia?
By John Radcliffe
Subsidies reduce the cost of water and exacerbate the inefficient price signals users already receive, yet most water utilities are still attracted to the siren-call of offered subsidies.
Renewing our focus on food
By Julian Cribb
To assure its own food security in an increasingly food-insecure world, Australia will require renewed focus on science, technology, economics, food policy and the national diet.
Climate change impacts: the next decade
By Graeme Pearman
The issue is about more than just whether the climate is changing and the impacts … it is also about why the issue exists and why managing it has been difficult.
STEM education in Australia: keys to future excellence
By Lesley Parker and Alan Finkel
STEM education is an essential component of infrastructure for a prosperous, informed and scientifically and technologically competent nation.
Also in this issue:
Promoting Australia's advancement through technology