• Pacific

    Mobile money creates opportunities in PNG


    Mark Moran |  November 13, 2018


    PNG is a place of great complexity, with a development landscape littered with failed efforts. The potential for mobile money is often expressed in terms of financial inclusion, but there is also potential to improve development and governance.


  • Society

    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.


  • Science and Technology

    Where to next on the final frontier?


    Malcolm Davis |  November 13, 2018


    A critical mass of participants, initiatives and developments are riding a wave of government enthusiasm and private-sector support for Australia’s space industry. It’s a good time to be involved in the sector, but what should its priorities be from here?


Latest Story

  • 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.

  • It’s time to step back from privacy paranoia

    Alan Stevenson     |      October 27, 2018

    Alan Stevenson argues that individuals’ concern about privacy protection is hampering the benefits which more digital services, such as the new MyHealth record, can bring to the whole of society.

  • 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.

  • Clean house clean mind – Unlocking the mental benefits of an organised home

    Will Tottle     |      October 26, 2018

    How does an untidy house affect us though? Is the age-old phrase “tidy home, tidy mind” one to live by? The thing is, a clean and organised home can actually lead to improved mental health and a better mindset.

  • 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.

  • NDIS funding hampers adoption of parenting skills program

    Open Forum     |      October 26, 2018

    A successful parenting program for parents and children with developmental disabilities will become unavailable for most families under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, according to a new research report.

  • We have so many ways to pursue a healthy climate – it’s insane to wait any longer

    Peter Doherty     |      October 26, 2018

    Humanity faces a wide spectrum of “wicked” environmental challenges, from sustaining food production to providing clean water and maintaining wildlife diversity and the green environments that ensure the survival of complex life on Earth but there are many practical measures we can and should take now to start making things better.

  • Green trends in kitchen design for 2019

    Amelia Atkins     |      October 25, 2018

    Households can do their bit to reduce energy consumption, and save money as well as helping the environment, by thinking green when it comes to refurbishing their kitchens.

  • Connectivity is about people rather than technology

    Peter Kenilorea     |      October 25, 2018

    People in the Pacific have connected across its vast expanse for millennia, and new digital cables will help bring people together to create ‘One Pacific’ over time, strengthening traditional ties and human relationships rather than replacing them.

  • Improving education in country schools could add $56B to GDP

    Open Forum     |      October 25, 2018

    A report from the Gonksi Institute for Education at UNSW Sydney calculates that Australia could add more than $50B to its annual Gross Domestic Product by improving educational outcomes for students in regional, rural and remote areas of the country.

  • Is this the end of the National Electricity Market?

    Rod Boyte     |      October 25, 2018

    Australia’s National Electricity Market (NEM), which has served the eastern and southern states for 20 years, may be heading towards its demise.