• 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.

  • Melbourne falls to #2, but does it really matter?

    Lucy Gunn     |      August 16, 2018

    Melbourne is no longer the world’s most ‘liveable’ city, but does that matter when the ranking isn’t a measure of the things most of us actually care about.

  • Weak protections leave more renters exposed

    Open Forum     |      August 10, 2018

    The rising number of people using rental housing need improved protection as the market diversifies into niche services, says a new UNSW study based on data over the last decade.

  • Let’s create affordable housing, not more homelessness

    Cassandra Goldie     |      August 8, 2018

    ACOSS is backing the Everybody’s Home campaign calling on government to develop, as a matter of urgency, a national housing strategy and plan to end homelessness by 2030.

  • Is rent-for-life becoming the new norm for families?

    Daryl Holland     |      August 1, 2018

    Young couples planning a family have traditionally been the group most likely to buy their first home. But high house prices and uncertain employment mean many more young families are staying in rental properties, and experts say regulations need to be kinder to these rent-for-lifers.

  • How are Australians faring?

    Andrew Trounson     |      July 31, 2018

    Every year, the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey, or HILDA, gives us a snapshot of the economic and social wellbeing of Australians. How are we doing this year?

  • Keeping everyone moving up, down and across in the city

    Andrea Connor     |      July 30, 2018

    Cities are growing vertically as well as horizontally and so their infrastructure must ensure people can move up and down as well as across to get where they need to be.