• We don’t have to be related to be a family

    Sofa Gradin     |      June 6, 2018

    We can’t choose our biological relations but we can choose our friends. Moving beyond traditional family structures to embrace a wider definition of what ‘family’ means can be both personally and politically liberating.

  • Many millennials are priced out of the suburbs they grew up in

    Julia Cook     |      June 4, 2018

    Remaining close to family and friends matters to millennials, but few can afford to buy their own home in the neighbourhoods that mean the most to them.

  • What’s it like to be young and from overseas in Australia?

    Rimi Khan     |      June 1, 2018

    The first Multicultural Youth Australia Census shows the majority of refugee and migrant young Australians feel strongly that they belong here, despite almost half experiencing some form of discrimination or unfair treatment in the past twelve months.

  • Making disability support work across real lives

    Catriona May     |      May 28, 2018

    The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a game changer, but the challenge is to make it work across people’s life course, from education and housing, to social participation and employment.

  • A constitution shaped by distance

    Adrienne Stone     |      May 27, 2018

    While many constitutions are informed by the influences of history, politics and culture; it’s the influence of geography, and in particular, of distance, that has helped to shape the Australian Constitution.

  • Half baked anti-Cook sentiment won’t encourage reconciliation

    Max Thomas     |      May 22, 2018

    While some have criticised the Cook landing anniversary project as outdated colonial baggage, it may well serve to raise awareness among all Australians about the need for reconciliation as an essential and integral part of our growth as a nation.

  • 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.