• How Soviet tanks shook up the Australian left

    Stuart Macintyre     |      August 22, 2018

    The crushing of the Prague Spring by Soviet tanks in 1968 posed a problem for Communist sympathisers and apologists in Australia. It would be another 20 years before eastern Europe freed itself from Russian occupation.

  • Australia has a long way to go on responsible gambling

    Charles Livingstone     |      August 19, 2018

    Even with responsible gambling measures in place, excessive gambling remains a problem in Australia and has a significant cost to both individuals and society.

  • How to build self-control by copying others

    Sabine Doebel     |      August 6, 2018

    Self-control can appear an inborn trait but identifying with people who display it can help build our own willpower too.

  • The ‘great Australian silence’ 50 years on

    Anna Clark     |      August 5, 2018

    It’s 50 years since the anthropologist WEH Stanner gave the 1968 Boyer Lectures — a watershed moment for Australian history. Stanner argued that Australia’s sense of its past, its very collective memory, had been built on a state of forgetting, which couldn’t “be explained by absent mindedness”.

  • Who is doing what on the homefront?

    Inga Lass     |      August 1, 2018

    More progressive attitudes regarding gender roles aren’t translating into reality in Australian households. If both parents work full-time, housework and care remain the domain of mothers.

  • The science of the plot twist: How writers exploit our brains

    Vera Tobin     |      July 22, 2018

    Human cognitive tendencies help explain why plot twists can be so satisfying. But somewhat counterintuitively, they also explain why knowing about a plot twist ahead of time – the dreaded “spoiler” – doesn’t really spoil the experience at all.

  • Sticks and stones – beating the bullies by building resilience

    Michael E. Bernard     |      July 21, 2018

    Bullying is never acceptable, but encouraging a resilient mindset makes a big difference to how much damage bullying does – parents and teachers should help kids learn that they have the power to cope with difficulty, rather than paint them as helpless victims.

  • Why the ABC must stand firm against threats to its independence

    Denis Muller     |      July 15, 2018

    Editorial independence does not mean giving journalists licence to broadcast or publish whatever they want or to avoid accountability for their mistakes. It means encouraging journalists to tackle important stories regardless of what people in power might think.

  • The harsh realities of the global sport industry

    Niko Besnier     |      July 14, 2018

    The World Cup final will no doubt draw millions of enthusiastic viewers around the world, including young men in impoverished regions who dream of sporting success as the only way to escape poverty, however most of these dreams will end in disappointment.

  • Have we really given up on progress?

    Mark Beeson     |      July 13, 2018

    Although it joins a growing list of jeremiads about the possible end of Western civilisation as we know it, Edward Luce’s ‘The Retreat of Western Liberalism’ usefully puts the debate in context and argues that Trump is a symptom, not cause, of many of America’s and the world’s problems.

  • Sexism, women and Australian politics

    Avery Poole     |      July 11, 2018

    The sexist remark thrown at Senator Sarah Hanson-Young underscores the urgent need for more women in Australian parliament.

  • Gender equality in Australia under review by UN Committee

    Susan Hutchinson     |      July 8, 2018

    The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women recently reviewed Australia’s record on women’s rights. So, how did Australia fare? Susan Hutchinson and Hannah Gissane offer an overview of Australia’s record on health, domestic violence, economic security, and homelessness.