• Society

    The shape of far-right extremism in Australia

    Clive Williams |  March 23, 2019

    Right-wing politicians like Pauline Hanson and Fraser Anning have tapped into popular concerns about immigration for political purposes, but in the process have probably generated recruits for extremist organisations.

  • Culture

    Backlash and gender fatigue – Why progress on gender equality has slowed

    Sue Williamson |  March 23, 2019

    The MeToo movement has swept the globe, but women’s equality issues are increasingly facing opposition. The increasing push-back in society against gender equality issues is also spreading into the workplace.

  • Health

    Data sharing by popular health apps is “routine”

    Open Forum |  March 23, 2019

    Mobile health apps are a booming market targeted at both patients and health professionals. However these apps also pose unprecedented risk to consumers’ privacy given their ability to collect sensitive user data of great value to commercial interests.

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  • Preparing for the era of disasters

    Robert Glasser     |      March 10, 2019

    An emerging era of disasters will increasingly stretch emergency services, diminish community resilience and escalate economic costs and losses of life. It will also have profound implications for food security in our immediate region, with cascading impacts that will undermine Australia’s national security.

  • Booze and boys are still a risky combination

    Steven Roberts     |      March 10, 2019

    “They are not a nation of snobs like the English or of extravagant boasters like the Americans or of reckless profligates like the French, they are simply a nation of drunkards.” – Marcus Clarke, 1869

  • More than just melting ice – the human footprint on Antarctica

    Open Forum     |      March 10, 2019

    The human impact on Antarctica may be more than just melting ice, according to Australian research which investigated the footprint of Antarctic research stations on the continent’s rare ice-free land.

  • How to get more people to use public transport

    Open Forum     |      March 9, 2019

    We know public transport takes traffic off the road and is better for the environment, but most of us prefer driving to taking the bus. Could better design could persuade us to think again?

  • Australia’s other border security problem: visa overstayers

    John Coyne     |      March 9, 2019

    There’s been plenty of discussion about the problem of asylum seekers arriving by boats, but the problem of visitors overstaying their visas is a much more common problem.

  • Drug companies stay coy about safety

    Open Forum     |      March 9, 2019

    Should new safety warnings about the potentially serious harmful effects of medicines be considered ‘confidential business information’? University of Sydney researchers make a case for stronger regulation and full ongoing public access.

  • Competition in Asia: too little of a good thing

    Adam Triggs     |      March 8, 2019

    Weak competition has a nasty habit of becoming entrenched over time as vested interests tighten their grip and economic clout hardens into political power. Getting on top of Asia’s current competition challenges will pay dividends for years to come.

  • Droughts, extreme weather and empowered consumers mean tough choices for farmers

    Steve Hatfield-Dodds     |      March 8, 2019

    Achieving the best for agriculture, our rural communities and the national economy will require tough choices as environmental concerns increasingly shape public attitudes and consumer choices towards destructive farming practises.

  • It’s time for a Medicare shake-up

    Jane Hall     |      March 8, 2019

    Over the last 35 years, Medicare has given Australians access to high-quality health care at a reasonable cost but the numbers of claims are rising, and higher spending doesn’t equate to better care.

  • Greening our cities could save older people from the heat

    Jason Byrne     |      March 7, 2019

    Heat stress is a silent killer, and older people are particularly vulnerable. Greening our cities with shade trees and other vegetation could help people cope as climate extremes continue to worsen.

  • Sounding the death knell for capital punishment

    Open Forum     |      March 7, 2019

    A new institute is pushing for the global elimination of the death penalty, but much work remains to be done.

  • Australia needs a new strategy to deal with illicit drug use

    Vernon White     |      March 7, 2019

    Australia’s first responders are dealing with an ever-growing number of drug emergencies and the problem of addiction to prescribed opioids is also on the rise.