• Science and Technology

    Artificial Intelligence – a matter of trust

    Alan Finkel |  May 21, 2018

    What would it take for you to put the same level of trust in ‘artificial intelligence’ as you would extend to a human? The Chief Scientist calls for a ‘Turing Certificate’ to reassure the public in an era of transformative technological change.

  • Culture

    Wanted: a trustworthy keeper of the truth

    Shaun Carney |  May 21, 2018

    In this era of ‘fake news’, social media memes and declining budgets for traditional news sources, is there anyone left to act as a guardian of the truth in the reporting of contentious issues or current events?

  • Health

    Why you should go on a clinical trial

    Grant McArthur |  May 21, 2018

    From 18th Century attempts to cure scurvy to modern-day efforts to beat cancer, clinical trials have long been a critical part of evidence based medical research. New data processes should further increase their scope to improve health provision for us all.

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  • Don’t let the final frontier slip further away

    Kim Carr     |      May 5, 2018

    Australia depends on satellite data for everything from defence surveillance and weather forecasting to restocking supermarket shelves and synchronising mobile phone conversations. The creation of a new space agency should see a blossoming of Australian space services.

  • Australia must restore work rules to ensure secure jobs and fair pay

    Sally McManus     |      May 5, 2018

    Union leader Sally McManus makes an impassioned plea for the restoration of worker rights under assault from powerful business interests.

  • Electricity and gas markets in Australia today

    Rod Sims     |      May 4, 2018

    ACCC Chairman Rod Sims outlines the current state of Australia’s electricity and gas markets and the prospects for reform to ensure security of supply at an affordable cost to industry and consumers.

  • Saving the reef needs a sea change in tactics

    Jon Brodie     |      May 4, 2018

    The government’s announcement of $500 million for the Great Barrier Reef is welcome, but the new funding is focused on measures that are already in the foreground. Australia actually needs a sea change in tactics to save the reef from destruction.

  • Consumers can change the recycling story

    Open Forum     |      May 4, 2018

    It is hard to know who is really making a difference in the war on waste but QUT Business School Associate Professor Gary Mortimer believes that consumers have the power to drive change if they want to.

  • The political power of global corporations

    John Mikler     |      May 3, 2018

    We know the global corporations’ names, we know where they are headquartered, and we know where they invest and operate. But we don’t usually think of them in political terms. How do global corporations drive or modify the agendas of states?

  • The US Alliance – Our dependence grows as our options narrow

    Kim Beazley     |      May 3, 2018

    Australia’s dependence on the United States in the post–Cold War era has grown as the strategic options in our region have narrowed. Our national strategy of ‘defence self-reliance within our alliances’ is now being tilted by major shifts in power relativities and US engagement

  • We can change our brain and its ability to cope with disease with simple lifestyle choices

    Yen Ying Lim     |      May 3, 2018

    Lifestyle factors such as meditation can change our brain for the better while physical activity can induce a cascade of biological processes that improve function of brain regions responsible for memory and decision making.

  • Trees improve our lives – and save cities money

    Theodore Endreny     |      May 2, 2018

    Trees are keystone species in the urban ecosystem. They clean the air and water, reduce stormwater floods, improve building energy use and mitigate climate change. Trees make people’s lives more liveable and save cities money.

  • Australia should be a regional leader on youth, peace and security

    Helen Berents     |      May 2, 2018

    The UN-led Youth, Peace and Security agenda highlights the benefits of working with youth to address violence and insecurity globally. Australia’s foreign policy is behind the curve when it comes to recognising and partnering with young people for positive change.

  • The beauty of a both/and mind

    Michael Edwards     |      May 2, 2018

    How can we find our way out of the impasse that stymies action on the really big issues of the day? Cultivating a ‘positive sum’ mind may be the key to more imaginative and inclusive thinking.

  • Migration continues to reshape Australia

    Open Forum     |      May 1, 2018

    Population growth and distribution affect most areas of public policy and a new Treasury paper examines the benefits that skilled migration brings to Australia, while also accepting its challenges.