• Security

    All planned out


    Andrew Carr |  March 19, 2019


    The Defence Department faces the choice of either sticking with the certainty of insufficient funding or undertaking the whole planning process once again and hoping the next ‘certain’ figure will be more meaningful.


  • Health

    Protecting the world from pandemics


    Anders Furze |  March 19, 2019


    Creating mathematical and computational models of infectious diseases such as pandemic flu gives governments and health policy-makers a toolkit to predict and respond to the threats posed by potential pandemics.


  • Energy and Environment

    Why Bitcoin can never be green


    Open Forum |  March 19, 2019


    While the initial frenzy has faded, Bitcoin mining still consumes as much as energy as the whole of Denmark around the world and even constant renewable sources such as hydropower cannot balance its environmental impact.


Latest Story

  • The elephant in the election room – The immediate existential threat of climate change

    Ian Dunlop     |      March 18, 2019

    Human-induced climate change is happening faster than officially acknowledged, but our leaders continue to ignore or downplay the dangers. To halt our suicidal rush to oblivion, the community must ensure no leader is elected or appointed in this country unless they are committed to emergency action.

  • Backing the strengths of young indigenous people

    Sandra Eades     |      March 18, 2019

    Aboriginal youth know who they are and where they want to go, and we need to use these strengths if we are to close the health and employment gap between Australia’s disparate populations.

  • In fighting online interference, the first line of defence is the mind

    Chris Zappone     |      March 18, 2019

    The internet and social media give authoritarian nations a lever to pull in democracy’s debates through intermediaries who guide opinions in their interest or undermine the legitimacy of democracy itself.

  • Let’s learn to love our Aussie accents

    Kate Burridge     |      March 17, 2019

    Our views of accents are arbitrary social evaluations rather than intrinsic facts, and we base them on our knowledge and experience of the people who lie behind them. We should embrace our accents as part of who we are.

  • Democracy is good for your health

    Open Forum     |      March 17, 2019

    Living in a democracy is closely linked with better health for adults thanks to an increase in government spending, according to international researchers.

  • ANU research set to shake-up space missions

    Open Forum     |      March 17, 2019

    A new study from The Australian National University (ANU) has found a number of superthin “2D” materials can not only withstand being sent into space, but potentially thrive in the harsh conditions.

  • Solving the Max 8 accident riddle

    Geoffrey Dell     |      March 16, 2019

    Australia’s decision to suspend all Boeing 737 Max 8 flights in and out of the country appears to be a prudent precaution in the wake of 2 recent major accidents.

  • Can ‘revisionists’ rule the world?

    Rod Lyon     |      March 16, 2019

    A world disordered by the joint efforts of Russia and China to diminish US power and influence — accelerated by some of the US’s own actions — seems to be the near-term reality we’ll be living through.

  • Groundbreaking survey of childhood maltreatment underway

    Open Forum     |      March 16, 2019

    A $2.3 million five-year study of the prevalence and effects of child maltreatment in Australia, the most comprehensive national study of its type, is underway.

  • Children teach the world a climate change lesson

    Stephen Healy     |      March 15, 2019

    The school students of today will suffer the effects of climate change tomorrow. Young people who demand meaningful action on climate change therefore deserve to be heard, rather than ridiculed or silenced.

  • Looking deeper into violence against people with disability

    Rosemary Kayess     |      March 15, 2019

    The recently announced royal commission into the abuse of people with disability needs to be backed by budget measures and research into the complex nature of violence and abuse as well as societal shifts in the concept of ‘disability’ itself.

  • Mapping global threats to biodiversity

    Open Forum     |      March 15, 2019

    A University of Queensland-led team has mapped the massive extent of destructive human activities, including hunting, land clearing, urbanisation and other agro-industrial land uses, on global biodiversity.