• Politics and Policy

    Decoding the ASEAN declaration

    Greg Earl |  March 19, 2018

    As the ASEAN summit wraps up, the Sydney Declaration has subtly taken Australia’s relationship with its closest Asian neighbours into new territory after a diverse week of engagement from soccer to social entrepreneurs.

  • Politics and Policy

    The mundane reality of ‘Think Tanks’

    Keshia Jacotine |  March 19, 2018

    Think tanks are a source of both fascination and fear for the media. The reality of efforts to influence policy-making is far more prosaic and think tanks continue to evolve to survive in a changing political landscape.

  • Politics and Policy

    The ‘Game of Thrones’ in our own backyard

    Allan Gyngell |  March 19, 2018

    Allan Gyngell, the National President of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, discussed the challenges posed by China’s growth at a recent NZIIA conference and warned that ‘winter is coming’.

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  • Australia must lift the incomes of the bottom 40%

    Cassandra Goldie     |      March 13, 2018

    Australia should pledge to improve the incomes of the less well off to meet its international development commitments.

  • Will Australia choose growth or stagnation?

    Andrew Pickford     |      March 12, 2018

    News that the United States grew by 2.6% in the last quarter of 2017 produced commentary which reflects two vastly different visions and outlooks for modern, Western economies.

  • 5 simple tips to help our kids cope and prosper

    Don Tustin     |      March 12, 2018

    Psychologist Don Tustin says many of his adult clients would not be experiencing mental health issues now if they had learned better coping skills between the ages of four and eight.

  • China’s accelerating quest for techno-military supremacy

    Adam Ni     |      March 11, 2018

    Once installed as leader for life, Chinese President Xi Jinping will press forward with plans to eclipse the United States and assert regional, and perhaps in time global, dominance by building the world’s most powerful military force.

  • Clean and secure power – A roadmap to a renewable future

    Andrew Stock     |      March 10, 2018

    Time is running out for the climate as temperatures rise, the poles melt and weather patterns alter. Australia needs to act quickly and decisively by cutting greenhouse gas pollution from the electricity sector and a new plan from the Climate Council explains how it could be done.

  • Why don’t environmental laws prevent deforestation?

    Samantha Hepburn     |      March 10, 2018

    Despite its ‘green’ image, Australia has some of the worst rates of deforestation in the world, exacerbating climate change and the loss of biodiversity. We need better laws, and stronger enforcement, to protect our precious natural vegetation.

  • Supermarkets must start to tackle obesity

    Open Forum     |      March 10, 2018

    Australian supermarkets must take more responsibility for their role in driving Australia’s worsening rates of obesity, according to a new study ranking the nutrition policies of Australia’s biggest food chains.

  • Do we even need Snowy II?

    Peter Farley     |      March 9, 2018

    Victorian engineer Peter Farley crunches the numbers to show the proposed Snowy II hydro-power scheme would be surplus to requirements, given the growth in distributed storage capacity and alternative sources of generation.

  • Australia needs a colonoscopy wait-time guarantee

    Julien Wiggins     |      March 9, 2018

    Julien Wiggins, the Chief Executive Officer of Bowel Cancer Australia, calls for a colonoscopy wait-time guarantee to address delays in diagnosing Australia’s second biggest cancer killer.

  • #PressforProgress for women in science

    Larry Marshall     |      March 8, 2018

    Dr Larry Marshall, head of CSIRO, urges the inclusion of more women in science and management roles on International Women’s Day.