• The politics of international aviation

    Will McEniry     |      June 27, 2018

    Commercial aviation is being transformed into a new form of soft power by nations around the world. While we might like to think that passenger planes can soar above the troubles of the world, recent incidents show how aviation can be manipulated for political purposes.

  • The future of the Commonwealth

    Menna Rawlings     |      June 12, 2018

    If the Commonwealth did not exist, would there be any point in creating it? Contemplating the range of social, political and environmental issues which confront the world, the answer should be a resounding yes.

  • How Putin exploits democracy’s lost promise

    Brian Grodsky     |      June 11, 2018

    Vladimir Putin maintains an iron grip on power and flexes Russia’s muscles in the ‘near abroad’, but perhaps the Russian dictator’s greatest success lies in sowing turmoil in Western democracies themselves.

  • The case for making space for Taiwan

    Thom Dixon     |      June 8, 2018

    Australian airline Qantas has bowed to Chinese pressure and will now refer to the independent, democratic nation of Taiwan as a ‘Chinese territory’. Rather than kowtow to Chinese demands than Taiwan be marginalised and delegitimised as a nation state, the international community should defend its identity.

  • Walking the walk on values with China

    Fergus Ryan     |      June 3, 2018

    As long as the Australian government claims to be ‘a determined advocate of liberal institutions, universal values and human rights’, as it did in its recent 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper, there should be some evidence that we’re prepared to confront China’s ever more draconian censorship.

  • Career, culture and character: New Zealand’s three women Prime Ministers

    Elizabeth McLeay     |      May 20, 2018

    When Jacinda Ardern became New Zealand’s Prime Minister in 2017, not only was she the youngest PM in 150 years, but she was also the country’s third female leader. When it comes to women in politics in general, there seems to be a lot that we could learn from our neighbours.

  • Liberal democracy: just one option among many?

    Mike Scrafton     |      May 17, 2018

    Democracy appears to be on the retreat around the world and the rise of economically successful authoritarian states is undermining the assumption that political and economic freedom are essential partners for national success.

  • What does the 2018 budget mean for society?

    Kristy Muir     |      May 11, 2018

    While its tax cuts appeal to middle class Australians ahead of a federal election, the new budget has not delivered results for the nation’s most disadvantaged people.

  • Good in parts – Science and the Federal Budget

    Open Forum     |      May 9, 2018

    Australian academics and scientists analyse the budget’s impact on research, health, infrastructure, education and the environment.

  • When muscles trump morals: The politics of ‘manliness’

    Stephanie Lawson     |      April 29, 2018

    Donald Trump openly boasts about his power over women and his political opponents, but what role does this ‘macho’ approach leave for morality in leadership?

  • Fighting the shift from services to tax cuts

    Cassandra Goldie     |      April 27, 2018

    The Australian Council of Social Service has criticised the Treasurer’s announcement that he will not pursue an increase in the Medicare Levy to help fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

  • The big chill in Australian-Chinese relations

    Graeme Dobell     |      April 24, 2018

    A fifth ‘ice age’ has descended on China–Australia relations — cooling business, frosting diplomacy and chilling strategic perspectives.