• 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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  • Defence backs the U.N. women, peace and security agenda

    Marise Payne     |      March 8, 2018

    Australia’s first female Defence Minister, Marise Payne, underlines the role which Australia and the ADF play in supporting the U.N. Women, Peace and Security Agenda.

  • Education in the spotlight on International Women’s Day

    Robert Dunn     |      March 8, 2018

    International Women’s Day on 8 March offers an opportunity to reaffirm the pivotal role of education plays in helping the most marginalised women and girls progress out of poverty.

  • The heartbreak behind Australia’s first gay marriage

    Open Forum     |      March 8, 2018

    While Queensland’s first gay wedding was tinged with tragedy as well as triumph, the state is making further changes to the law to accommodate diversity.

  • Women press for progress around the world

    Open Forum     |      March 8, 2018

    To mark International Women’s Day, and in the wake of the #metoo campaign, a new global study by Ipsos across 27 countries – “Global Misperceptions of Equality and the Need to Press for Progress” – highlights a range of equality issues, with sexual harassment topping the list. 

  • Re-imagining Australian housing affordability

    Open Forum     |      March 7, 2018

    Building an extra 50,000 homes a year for a decade could leave Australian house prices 5 to 20% lower than they would be otherwise, and stem rising public anxiety about housing affordability, according to a new Grattan Institute report

  • Australia enjoys a record year for renewable energy production

    Kane Thornton     |      March 7, 2018

    Remarkable growth made 2017 a record year for Australian renewable energy production, but ongoing policy uncertainty means that continued expansion cannot be taken for granted.

  • Physician heal thyself

    Peter Fritz     |      March 6, 2018

    Many public advisory committees lack the information and training they require to produce the right policy proposals. Peter Fritz urges the creation of a new entity to give them the support they need to make more innovative and effective recommendations.

  • Boost for Western Sydney from ‘smart city’ transport plans

    Barney Glover     |      March 6, 2018

    Professor Barney Glover, Vice-Chancellor and President of Western Sydney University, believes the new Western Sydney transport deal will help create a ‘smarter city’.

  • Marshall Islands to launch official cryptocurrency

    Open Forum     |      March 6, 2018

    As cryptocurrencies become increasingly mainstream, the Marshall Islands are planning to launch the world’s first digital legal tender. Lawmakers hope the residents will use the Sovereign (SOV) digital currency for everything from paying taxes to buying groceries.

  • Mirror, mirror, on the wall…

    Max Thomas     |      March 5, 2018

    Max Thomas makes an impassioned plea for rational debate and enlightened leadership to tackle the pressing economic and environmental problems of our time.