• Sydney may leave the CBD model behind

    Open Forum     |      October 19, 2018

    Sydney may soon undergo a transition from a monocentric city with sprawling suburbs radiating from one CBD, to a polycentric model – one marked by several sub-centres – according to a recent study led by a multidisciplinary team at the University of Sydney.

  • 3 million Australians live in poverty

    Larissa Mavros     |      October 18, 2018

    A new report shows that national poverty rates remain high despite Australia experiencing decades of uninterrupted economic growth.

  • Australia’s new campaign to end age discrimination

    Open Forum     |      October 18, 2018

    More than 20 high-profile organisations and individuals have launched a powerful coalition to help fight ageism and age discrimination in Australia and issued a call for public support.

  • Ending sexual violence as a weapon of war

    Jacqui True     |      October 17, 2018

    The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege in recognition of their personal struggles to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.

  • It’s time for more transparency about charity accounts

    Ushi Ghoorah Hurrychurn     |      October 15, 2018

    Lax reporting standards make it hard for charity donors to know how much of their money actually goes to the cause they want to support. It’s time for more transparency to restore faith in non-profit organisations.

  • Searching for Democracy 2.0 without losing Democracy 1.0

    Tom Daly     |      October 11, 2018

    Reimagining and safeguarding democracy around the world requires new ways of thinking which chart a course between alarmism and complacency.

  • The entrepreneurs of hate

    Ian Hughes     |      October 10, 2018

    Where does hate come from, and why has it played such a role in recent political history? Ian Hughes’ new book “Disordered Minds: How Dangerous Personalities are Destroying Democracy: examines the issue in depth.

  • How democracy ends

    Mark Beeson     |      October 8, 2018

    The rise of populists, a growing number of authoritarian regimes and an apparent loss of confidence in democratic politicians have all contributed to the idea that democracy is in serious trouble.

  • What are we doing to our dogs?

    Andrew Trounson     |      October 6, 2018

    Designer dogs, selective breeding, clones and intensive breeding are having unintended effects on the health and well-being of man’s best friend – so is our love of pups actually bad for them in the long run?

  • Is our democracy broken?

    Shaun Carney     |      October 5, 2018

    While many Australians are still coming to terms with having five Prime Ministers in as many years, what does the future look like for the world’s sixth oldest continuous democracy?

  • The vexed question of campus freedom of speech

    Jade Roberts     |      October 3, 2018

    The right to academic freedom and freedom of speech on campus is a sacred one for universities, but the nature of this responsibility is often complex. However open and robust public debate on campus is important for the same reasons it’s important in society more generally.

  • Remarkably adaptive: Australian cities in a time of growth 

    Open Forum     |      October 3, 2018

    Australia’s urban commuters have little to fear from population growth, if recent experience is any guide, according to a new Grattan Institute report.