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Wasting your ATAR

Nick Henderson looks back on past mistakes, and considers how we might better prepare school-leavers for their academic and professional futures

Democracy vs Growth

‘What happens when our technological innovations outpace our ability to regulate them effectively?’ Nick Henderson addresses the dark side of our technological progress.

Are you entitled to a job?

Should the government simply legislate away unemployment? Proponents of Modern Monetary Theory and a “Job Guarantee” seem to think so. Nick Henderson isn’t so sure.

Free-floating contempt

With much-needed wit and humour, Nick diagnoses the otherwise very troubling illness that currently plagues public discourse – reductivist economic arguments.

Are things getting better?

How do twenty-first century problems stack up when viewed through a historical lens? Nick Henderson considers whether 200 years of context can change our perceptions.

The mayhem and dysfunction of India’s cash-free experiment

When India removed 86% of its cash from circulation in 2016, the intention was to disrupt organised crime and move the country into the digital age. Instead, chaos spread across the nation, highlighting the danger of taking shortcuts to economic and social progress. Nick explores.