• 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.

  • Journalism, international affairs and the new information order

    Graeme Dobell     |      September 30, 2018

    The world still needs good journalism but the gatekeeping role which journalists and editors once played is in ruins.

  • Australia has the wealth to ensure a sustainable future, but too many people are being left behind

    Sue Richardson     |      September 26, 2018

    The purpose of our social, economic and political systems is to enable all Australians to lead good lives. Australia is doing well on some fronts, but worrying pockets of inequality remain.

  • Helping care leavers connect with their past

    Andrew Trounson     |      September 26, 2018

    Find & Connect is a living history project that provides an opportunity for people who lived in care to tell their side of the story.

  • Getting real on the strawberry needle risk

    Anna Kosovac     |      September 25, 2018

    Instances of strawberries being sabotaged with sewing needles has sparked a national scare in Australia, but perceptions of risk and actual risk can be very different things

  • Taking a clear look at inequality

    Roger Wilkins     |      September 22, 2018

    Politicians are right when they say that the best anti-poverty measure is a job, but they don’t always provide a policy environment to help that to happen for everyone. The inflexibility and cost of the childcare system, for example, creates substantial barriers to employment of single parents.

  • Charity review calls for higher disclosure requirements

    Open Forum     |      September 21, 2018

    An academic review of 342 not-for-profit organisations has found that only 55 published annual reports and financial statements which disclosed the dollar amount spent to achieve their social mission.

  • 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.