• 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.


Latest Story

  • Climate change in court

    Laura Schuijers     |      March 6, 2019

    A recent court ruling could signal a new direction for Australian climate law after a proposed fossil fuel development was rejected on the grounds of its climate, as well as local, impact.

  • Does Australia need a merchant shipping fleet?

    Sam Bateman     |      March 6, 2019

    Arguments that Australia needs a merchant fleet to safeguard national security and build a domestic source of skilled Australian seafarers should be carefully considered.

  • Your car is more likely to be hacked by your mechanic than a terrorist

    Richard Matthews     |      March 6, 2019

    The danger with car hacking isn’t terrorists taking control when you’re driving, as movies might have you think, but the age old problem of dodgy mechanics conning you into spending more on servicing it.

  • Royal Commission’s final report

    Theo Chambers     |      March 5, 2019

    Brokers play a crucial role in keeping competition alive in the home loan market. Shore Financial CEO, Theo Chambers, reflects on the potential impact on the brokerage industry if the final recommendation of the Hayne Report gets implemented.

  • Hang on to your balloons to save our seabirds

    Open Forum     |      March 5, 2019

    While recent bans on plastic bags have helped reduce one source of marine plastic pollution, it is balloons and their fragments which pose the biggest risk to turtles and seabirds.

  • Remembering the lessons and legacies of Australia’s East Timor intervention

    Donald Greenlees     |      March 5, 2019

    Just over 20 years ago, a letter from Australian prime minister John Howard to the president of Indonesia, B.J. Habibie, set in motion a chain of events that would lead to East Timor’s passage to nationhood.

  • Pitfalls in education policy

    Elizabeth Stone     |      March 4, 2019

    A succession of trendy education theories and unsolicited advice from the public and politicians have assailed the teaching profession in recent years, but the tried and true experience of teachers at the chalk face remains the greatest asset in our children’s education.

  • The Chinese coal ‘ban’ sends a significant political message

    Tony Walker     |      March 4, 2019

    The standoff over Australian coal imports through the Chinese port of Dalian sends a powerful political message that the authorities in Beijing can turn our imports off and on at will.

  • Innovation and leadership in Pacific business

    Rosie Ah Yen-Curry     |      March 4, 2019

    Rosie Ah Yen-Curry recounts her positive experience at the recent dialogue for female entrepreneurs in the Pacific held in Brisbane by the International Centre for Democratic Partnerships.

  • Rethinking traffic congestion

    Brian Feeney     |      March 3, 2019

    While traffic congestion annoys every commuter every day at peak hours, it’s less of a social or economic problem than politicians, planners and the public seem to think.

  • Strengthening the nuclear order

    Rod Lyon     |      March 3, 2019

    Nuclear weapons are once more a focus for public and political debate. Great-power competition has returned, leading to more fractious strategic relationships among the P5—the recognised nuclear weapon states—and the competitive modernisation of nuclear arsenals.

  • Empowering everyone to improve their own health

    Charles Abraham     |      March 3, 2019

    Professor Charles Abraham spent many years in the UK designing and evaluating behaviour change interventions. Now, he hopes to help improve Australia’s health by continuing his work here in Australia.