• The rise of room sharing in Australia’s crowded cities

    Zahra Nasreen     |      January 16, 2019

    With affordable rental housing in short supply in Australia’s major cities, shared room accommodation is likely to increase with profound implications for residents of these rooms, local housing markets and government agencies.

  • Most Australians oppose further population growth

    Open Forum     |      January 16, 2019

    A new poll conducted by the Australian National University finds that more Australians believe the country’s population has already reached saturation levels.

  • Digging below the surface of Australian farming

    Christopher Mayes     |      January 14, 2019

    Like the Anzac soldier and bronzed surf lifesaver, the farmer holds a special place in the Australian imagination, but the costs imposed on the environment and indigenous population must also be acknowledged.

  • Rethinking the death penalty

    Steve Johns     |      January 9, 2019

    Fifty years after the last execution in Australia, is it time to revisit the arguments about capital punishment and consider its reintroduction for the most extreme offences?

  • When sports chatter becomes social commentary

    Jack Anderson     |      January 6, 2019

    From cheating on the cricket pitch to violence on the field and at home, 2018 reminded us how sport can be a prism through which society can view uncomfortable social issues in a fresh light.

  • A new start for Canberra’s city centre

    Richard Hu     |      January 2, 2019

    The “new economy” is changing Canberra’s city centre, but its transformation into an “innovation precinct” drives a social gentrification which prices out the locals.

  • European protests are symptoms of a wider malaise

    Natalie Doyle     |      December 21, 2018

    Political systems are under pressure throughout the West. In Europe, Brexit and the “yellow vest” protests in Paris are symptoms of the same economic and cultural divide that delivered the US presidency to Donald Trump, and has allowed One Nation to persist in Australia.

  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights – 70 years on

    Sev Ozdowski     |      December 12, 2018

    Despite the passing of 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, significant work still needs to be done to realise its vision.

  • Is the internet to blame for the ‘new authoritarianism’?

    Juan Ortiz Freuler     |      December 10, 2018

    There are three very different perspectives on the vexed question of whether the internet is having a damaging impact on democracy.

  • The global fight against corruption affects us all

    Serena Lillywhite     |      December 10, 2018

    World Anti-Corruption Day should remind Australia to maintain more effective safeguards against nepotism, fraud and dishonest conduct.

  • Reducing the death toll on Victoria’s roads

    Open Forum     |      December 5, 2018

    Victoria has been working to reduce the death toll on its roads for over 50 years, but more work needs to be done to encourage safer driving habits among its road users.

  • Your attitude to immigrants and refugees may depend on where you live

    Tamas Wells     |      November 28, 2018

    Political parties and the public are divided over attitudes towards immigrants and refugees in countries like Australia, the United States and Canada. People in ethnically diverse neighbourhoods tend to be more positive about immigration and refugees, although this is not always the case.