Editor's note

Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants to lower Australia’s immigration cap to ease pressures on Sydney and Melbourne. Jock Collins argues Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program shows how to successfully encourage immigrants to move to less populated parts of the country. A third of Canada’s economic migrants now settle outside Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, compared with just 10% in 1997.

Today the works of William Shakespeare are utterly respectable. But in the 16th century, Stuart Kells writes, the Bard had a rather different reputation. Indeed, his first published work, Venus and Adonis, was touted as an aid to “solitary pleasure”.

Justin Bergman

Deputy Editor: Politics + Society

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for a rethink of the ‘top-down’ approach to immigration in Australia, allowing states and territories more input. Shutterstock

Why Canada’s immigration system has been a success, and what Australia can learn from it

Jock Collins, University of Technology Sydney

The Canadian immigration model shows that giving states and territories a say in immigration policy can help take the pressure off major urban areas.

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Friday essay: 50 shades of Shakespeare - how the Bard sexed things up

Stuart Kells, La Trobe University

Shakespeare’s first reputation was as a poet, and particularly as a sex poet. He would later incorporate his bawdy inclinations into his most famous plays.

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