• AI could free more men to do care work

    Katharine McKinnon     |      September 18, 2018

    As robots and AI “take our jobs”, the care work that underpins all workplaces – and homes, and schools, and communities – ought to come to the fore for men as well as women.

  • Why international sports regulation needs reform

    Lloyd Freeburn     |      September 18, 2018

    International sport has been afflicted by frequent and apparently systemic governance and corruption scandals in recent years. Rather than being a succession of one-off problems, these scandals can be seen as evidence of deep-seated issues in the fundamental structure of how sport is governed.

  • An Australia unified through the pursuit of self-interest

    Kay Harrison     |      September 14, 2018

    Noel Pearson delivered an optimistic “Declaration to Australia”, along with a series of “uncomfortable but necessary truths”, to a packed theatre at UNSW Sydney during this year’s Hal Wootten Lecture.

  • Why digital government isn’t working in the developing world

    Rania Fakhoury     |      September 14, 2018

    Donor-driven e-government projects in developing countries often attempt to transplant what was successful elsewhere. But success requires buy-in from locals – both governments and citizens alike.

  • Retiring at 70 was an idea well ahead of its time

    Rafal Chomik     |      September 8, 2018

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison has abandoned the Coalition’s long-held commitment to lift the pension age from 67 to 70 but the greater debate about responding to the challenges of an ageing population is only just beginning.

  • Introducing land rent, the ACT’s excellent idea for making houses cheaper

    Cameron Murray     |      September 5, 2018

    What if there was a way, right now, to offer a form of secure long-term home ownership to renters while saving them about half their housing costs?

  • Australia’s friendly history

    Roland Wettenhall     |      September 1, 2018

    When a worker was injured in 19th century Australia, their prospects were bleak. They wouldn’t receive sick pay or worker’s compensation, and often faced starvation or relying on charity. But, in the days before governments stepped in to provide welfare, friendly societies provided vital financial and social support to many Australian communities.

  • What’s the best way to get around the city?

    Hassan Vally     |      August 27, 2018

    Cycle, walk, drive or train? Dr Hassan Vally of La Trobe University weighs up the factors involved in choosing the healthiest and safest ways to get around Australia’s ever more congested cities.

  • The West’s age of defeat

    Mark Triffitt     |      August 26, 2018

    When historians look back on today, the central question will be why the seeming triumph of democratic liberalism after the Soviet collapse was so quickly frittered away.

  • Defence against the dark arts: giving ‘fake news’ the boot

    Jessica Clarence     |      August 24, 2018

    Disinformation campaigns are nothing new. The so-called dark arts of psychological warfare are a tried and tested tactic to foster distrust in government.

  • Remembering the needs of elderly residents amid urban change

    Open Forum     |      August 19, 2018

    The rapid development of many inner-suburbs in Australia’s state capitals may offer quick profits for property speculators and foreign property investors but can also prove unsettling for an area’s longest standing residents.

  • Racism makes you look a little closer at who you really are

    Pranav Harish     |      August 16, 2018

    The retirement of German soccer star Mesut Ozil from international football raises some uncomfortable questions about the continuing influence of racism in sport and society.