• The promise and problems of ‘big data’ in official statistics

    Caroline Compton     |      November 16, 2018

    Digital technologies put an abundance of data at our fingertips, but we must ensure questions of what should, and should not, be measured are answered before we use them in official statistics.

  • Australia’s rules on alcohol advertising aren’t protecting our children

    Open Forum     |      November 15, 2018

    Regulations introduced to restrict the placement of alcohol advertising are unlikely to reduce young people’s exposure to alcohol marketing in Australia, according to new research led by Curtin University.

  • A Ministry of Loneliness?

    Alan Stevenson     |      November 14, 2018

    Loneliness is an increasing social problem despite, or because of, the increasing population density of our cities and our reliance on social media. Would the creation of a ‘Ministry of Loneliness’ signal society’s intention to take this problem more seriously?

  • Why do people become homeless?

    Julie Moschion     |      November 13, 2018

    While the majority of the general public thinks drug addiction is the main reason for homelessness, the reality can be quite different. Drug use can follow homelessness, which in turn is often a product of parental separation.

  • Lovability versus liveability: what big data tells us about our neighbourhoods

    Lucinda Hartley     |      November 10, 2018

    Good communities need the right mix of public and private spaces, events, social diversity, leadership and investment to build the relationships which people need to be happy.

  • Bike helmets should be here to stay

    Open Forum     |      November 4, 2018

    Recent calls by lobbyists for changes to the bicycle helmet law are misguided and threaten the safety of riders according to Professor Narelle Haworth, director of QUT’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety.

  • Flexible barriers can save lives on our country roads

    David Logan     |      October 30, 2018

    Roadside safety barriers are the best solution currently available if we want to continue to move around regional areas at the speeds we have been used to.

  • The rise of the female independent

    Tony Nagy     |      October 28, 2018

    Whilst it is early days, there are certainly some interesting takeouts from the surprise victory of Dr Kerryn Phelps in the recent Wentworth byelection.

  • Women in Parliament: A global perspective on Australia’s performance

    Virginia Haussegger     |      October 27, 2018

    Australia likes to boast that in 1902 it became the first nation in the world to give women the right to vote and run for federal parliament, but in reality we have lagged behind other nations in terms of women in politics.

  • Forcing migrants into the regions won’t work

    Open Forum     |      October 27, 2018

    Restricting migration to regional areas is not a proper solution to rising congestion in our major cities, according to RiskWise Property Research CEO Doron Peleg.

  • Why upholding our values matters

    Michael Shoebridge     |      October 26, 2018

    Whether it’s state-sanctioned murder or states creating generations of radicalised people, what we walk past is what we allow. Let’s look beyond our wallets and our noses and resurrect a sense of an international community, with the ability to intervene and punish, to hold to account and to act. Values matter, but only when they are made real through actions.

  • Better social connections are a key to aged care

    Open Forum     |      October 24, 2018

    A social connection program developed by University of Queensland researchers could help shape a better future for the aged care sector.