• The legacy of a great scientific hoax

    Rohan Long     |      May 18, 2018

    May 18 marks International Museum Day to raise awareness on the importance of museums to social development. The University of Melbourne’s anatomy museum features fossil models from an entirely fictional early human, for example, a forgery that derailed the study of our evolution for decades.

  • How Captain Cook became a contested national symbol

    Tracy Ireland     |      May 15, 2018

    The government has allocated $48.7 million over four years to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Cook’s voyages to the South Pacific and Australia. However the funding has been widely debated on social media as another skirmish in Australia’s culture wars.

  • New report settles the score on Perth’s ‘liveability’

    Open Forum     |      May 14, 2018

    A new report assessing Perth’s ‘liveability’ finds that despite the city’s improvements, it still struggles to meet its targets for infrastructure and policy implementation.

  • Yes, we can…rewrite the Australian constitution

    Klaas Woldring     |      May 13, 2018

    The recent furore over dual citizenship in Parliament raises deeper questions about the relevance of Australia’s archaic constitution to the nation today. Rather than another round of pointless by-elections, a new electoral system is required to refresh and reinvigorate Australia’s toxic politics.

  • Rebuilding trust in the future of multilateralism

    David Lipton     |      May 11, 2018

    There has been a serious erosion of public trust in political parties and national governments as well as international trade and investment partners. Economies will achieve better results if people’s confidence in policies, institutions and systems can be restored to better health.

  • It’s time to listen to Australia’s youth

    James Toomey     |      May 10, 2018

    The Mission Australia Youth Survey is Australia’s largest online canvas of young people’s opinions. CEO James Toomey urges young people across Australia to speak up and get involved in the charity’s 17th annual consultation.

  • Migration continues to reshape Australia

    Open Forum     |      May 1, 2018

    Population growth and distribution affect most areas of public policy and a new Treasury paper examines the benefits that skilled migration brings to Australia, while also accepting its challenges.

  • Is an Australian Republic a bridge too far?

    George Williams     |      April 19, 2018

    Half of the respondents in a recent poll said they favoured Australia becoming a republic. However there are still many hurdles in the path of those who wish to make an historic break with the British monarchy.

  • Why do we ignore Chinese political interference in Australian affairs?

    Clive Hamilton     |      April 5, 2018

    Clive Hamilton castigates the timid academics, publishers and politicians in Australia who shy from acknowledging the extent of Chinese Communist Party interference in Australian affairs.

  • Your chance to suggest topics for the 2021 census

    Open Forum     |      April 4, 2018

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics wants your help to decide which information to gather in the next Census.

  • The ‘gay wedding cake’ dilemma

    Liam Elphick     |      March 31, 2018

    Now that gay marriage has been legalised, how should Australia manage the inevitable clash between gay rights and religious sensibilities? Law lecturer Liam Elphick lays out the battleground.

  • Cambridge Analytica and the next Australian election

    Thom Dixon     |      March 31, 2018

    Last week’s revelations about Cambridge Analytica and Facebook are continuing to reverberate around the world. With an Australian federal election due within a year, the impact could hit very close to home.