• Environment

    The difficult balancing act in the Murray Darling Basin


    Phil Eberbach |  February 21, 2019


    Low inflows of water into the Murray-Darling system and heavy agricultural extraction have contributed to the cataclysmic fish-kills of recent times, and better management of the system is required to avoid a repetition.


  • Security

    Defending the north – Then and now


    Richard Brabin-Smith |  February 21, 2019


    While most of Australia’s population lives in the south east, any threat to the country must be faced from the north, and so plans to strengthen Australia’s defences must begin there.


  • Health

    Everyone can help put the case for vaccination


    Jessica Kaufman |  February 21, 2019


    Falling vaccination rates are causing a resurgence of serious childhood diseases, but parents as well as doctors can help reverse the trend by advocating for immunisation.


Latest Story

  • Did renewables or coal fail in Victoria?

    Peter Farley     |      February 20, 2019

    Despite the perception that renewable energy faltered during the recent power crisis in Victoria, In fact it was the opposite, with wind and solar maintaining their performance and coal letting consumers down.

  • The puzzles of a post-American world

    Graeme Dobell     |      February 20, 2019

    Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ policy is a declaration that the hegemon is declining back to the status of normal big power, worried more about itself than the nature of the international system. Far from making America great again, Donald Trump is the first President of the post-American world.

  • Preserved leaves tell a tale of floods and drought

    Open Forum     |      February 20, 2019

    A study by University of Adelaide researchers and Queensland Government scientists has revealed what south-east Queensland’s rainfall was like over the last 7000 years – including several severe droughts worse and longer lasting than the 12-year Millennium Drought.

  • Why we should consider paying children to learn

    Richard Holden     |      February 19, 2019

    Research shows small financial incentives for doing maths homework can increase maths achievement, but paying children to complete schoolwork raises some tricky ethical as well as practical questions.

  • Morning exercise improves brain health in overweight older adults

    Open Forum     |      February 19, 2019

    A morning bout of exercise can reduce the detrimental impact on brain blood flow caused by prolonged sitting in older adults who are overweight or obese.

  • Insect populations face catastrophic collapse

    Open Forum     |      February 19, 2019

    A research review into the worrying decline of global insect populations has revealed the catastrophic threat posed to 40 percent of species over the next 100 years, with butterflies, moths, dragonflies, bees, ants and dung beetles most at risk.

  • Could Australian join the race to mine the moon?

    Andrew Dempster     |      February 18, 2019

    It’s 50 years since man first stepped on the Moon. If and when we return, the plan is not to leave footprints, but to mine it for resources, so what contribution can Australia make towards this goal?

  • When guard dogs become pets – The problem of ‘regulatory capture’

    Richard Holden     |      February 18, 2019

    The fallout from Australia’s recent banking scandals raise a wider question – Do our regulators act in the public interest, or in the interest of those they are meant to regulate?

  • Strengthening the north is a strategic priority

    Michael Shoebridge     |      February 18, 2019

    Renewing a serious Australian defence presence in the nation’s north should become a compelling and increasingly urgent matter of strategic policy and capability planning given increasing regional threats.

  • Australian border security: hope against hope

    John Coyne     |      February 17, 2019

    While Australia’s ‘Operation Sovereign Borders’ has been a resounding success in dramatically reducing the flow of irregular migrants to Australia by sea, the reopening of the Christmas Island detention centre has renewed the debate around illegal migration.

  • Queensland road trip to test AI on real Aussie roads

    Open Forum     |      February 17, 2019

    QUT researchers will take an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system on a road trip of south-east Queensland to ensure the autonomous cars of the future will be smart enough to handle tough Australian road conditions.

  • More nurse visits can help vulnerable children thrive

    Catriona May     |      February 17, 2019

    Increasing the number of maternal and child health nurse visits to new mothers facing adversity can significantly improve parenting and maternal wellbeing.