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  • 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.

  • Understanding the importance of your child’s middle years

    Lisa Mundy     |      February 16, 2019

    Far from being a quiet time, a child’s middle years – between ages eight and 12 – can be transformative but we need to do more to understand these changes to help our children adjust.

  • Six things we learned from Davos

    Colin Chapman     |      February 16, 2019

    From Prince William and Sir David Attenborough’s chat on habitat loss to a pep talk from Alibaba’s Jack Ma, AIIA Fellow Colin Chapman outlines some of the highlights from the 2019 World Economic Forum.

  • “Alle Shalle Be Wele”

    Veronica Mary Rolf     |      February 16, 2019

    Julian of Norwich was born in the 14th century, into a world ravaged by pestilence, poverty and war, but the lessons taught by the life and works of this medieval English recluse may still have some meaning for people today.

  • A fresh approach to the transformation of the financial services sector

    Jeffrey Tobias     |      February 15, 2019

    The report on Australia’s troubled financial institutions only scratches the surface of the problems they face. True business transformation requires a cultural shift to serve customers with respect, empathy and passion, but it’s the only way for companies to survive in an ever more competitve world.

  • America’s opioid epidemic is starting to hit Australia’s shores

    Open Forum     |      February 15, 2019

    The stereotype of a typical drug addict is out of date. Rather than a destitute urban heroin addict, today’s drug users tend to be mainstream, suburban and regional and are dependent on pharmaceutical opioids such as OxyContin.

  • Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Wrong

    Open Forum     |      February 15, 2019

    It’s no yolk, there’s nothing special about breakfast. Indeed, a new study shows that, contrary to popular belief, eating or skipping breakfast has little influence on people’s weight.

  • What summer festivals can teach us about people

    Martin Bortz     |      February 14, 2019

    Transformative festivals like Australia’s Rainbow Serpent are a global phenomena, and research on these grand social experiments is yielding insights into human organisation and cooperation.

  • Saving Shark Bay

    Ana Martins Sequeira     |      February 14, 2019

    Safeguarding Shark Bay from the effects of climate change requires a coordinated research and management effort from government, local industry, academic institutions, not-for-profits and local Indigenous groups – before any irreversible ecosystem tipping points are reached.

  • Australian can help women oppose violent extremism

    Louise Allen     |      February 14, 2019

    Australian aid funding and other efforts overseas can help women curb the threat of violent Islamic extremism in hot spots around the world.