• Pacific

    Mobile money creates opportunities in PNG


    Mark Moran |  November 13, 2018


    PNG is a place of great complexity, with a development landscape littered with failed efforts. The potential for mobile money is often expressed in terms of financial inclusion, but there is also potential to improve development and governance.


  • Society

    Why do people become homeless?


    Julie Moschion |  November 13, 2018


    While the majority of the general public thinks drug addiction is the main reason for homelessness, the reality can be quite different. Drug use can follow homelessness, which in turn is often a product of parental separation.


  • Science and Technology

    Where to next on the final frontier?


    Malcolm Davis |  November 13, 2018


    A critical mass of participants, initiatives and developments are riding a wave of government enthusiasm and private-sector support for Australia’s space industry. It’s a good time to be involved in the sector, but what should its priorities be from here?


Latest Story

  • Human activity threatens 25% of mammal species

    Open Forum     |      November 13, 2018

    Human impacts such as deforestation and hunting are the biggest risk factors in the possible extinction of a quarter of all land-based mammals, according to a University of Queensland study.

  • Restoring trust in governments and institutions

    Grant Duncan     |      November 12, 2018

    The difficult task of restoring political trust will require leaders to reflect on their own behaviour and then working for significant reforms to social and economic policies and electoral systems in the public’s interest, rather than their own.

  • A ‘great and merciless thinning:’ the vanishing world of insects

    Michael Malay     |      November 12, 2018

    Insect populations are plummeting around the world, due to pesticides, climate change and habitat loss, threatening the ecosystems which depend on them. Imagining the disappearance of species through literature can help motivate a real life fight for their survival.

  • The ‘big boys’ can learn trade lessons from smaller states

    Joel Ng     |      November 12, 2018

    Small states can offer positive examples of success for larger countries looking for solutions to the problems and discontents in their much larger and more complex economies.

  • Morrison’s Pacific pivot

    Michael Shoebridge     |      November 11, 2018

    The Prime Minister has outlined a practical and imaginative new strategy on issues critical to our region’s security, prosperity and people-to-people connections.

  • The pros and cons of robot carers

    Helen Dickinson     |      November 11, 2018

    Technology manufacturers are getting excited about the potential for robots to help care for the sick, injured and elderly, but vulnerable people themselves may be less keen and society needs to put robust regulations in place to deal with issues as they emerge.

  • The facts and fictions of hangover cures

    Merlin Thomas     |      November 11, 2018

    Three out of four people who drink to the point of intoxication will have some form of hangover the next morning. Prevention is better than cure, however, as the folk remedies which people swear by have little impact on the problem.

  • Lovability versus liveability: what big data tells us about our neighbourhoods

    Lucinda Hartley     |      November 10, 2018

    Good communities need the right mix of public and private spaces, events, social diversity, leadership and investment to build the relationships which people need to be happy.

  • Bigger is not always better

    Riccardo Mastini     |      November 10, 2018

    Economic growth is always offered as the panacea for all of society’s ills, but what if “degrowth” was actually a better path towards a fairer, more inclusive and ecologically sustainable society?

  • ‘Human rights with Chinese characteristics’ aren’t human rights at all

    Fergus Ryan     |      November 10, 2018

    Through its words and its deeds, the Chinese government is showing what it really is and how it intends to shape the world in the coming decades.

  • Supercharging Australia’s digital trade through cyber security

    Michelle Price     |      November 9, 2018

    Michelle Price, the CEO of AustCyber, underlined the importance and potential of cyber security during her keynote address at GAP’s Summit on Digital Trade at NSW Parliament House in Sydney.

  • Why do we love to hate vegans?

    Tani Khara     |      November 9, 2018

    More and more people are adopting plant-based diets in Australia and other western nations but it appears that resentment towards vegans and vegetarians is also on the rise. A little more compassion and understanding on both sides might be in order.