• Economy

    Fashioning the future


    Naoise McDonagh |  April 13, 2024


    Whatever risks the Albanese government may face in encouraging cutting-edge manufacturing, it has avoided the much greater risk of doing nothing at all in the face of historic global economic change.


  • Climate Change

    Centigrade cartography


    Open Forum |  April 13, 2024


    Advocacy groups have welcomed the release of the Federal Government’s announcement of a heat mapping tool to assist affected communities deal with the worst of extreme heat.


  • Culture

    Into the shimmering world


    Ian Maxwell |  April 13, 2024


    Angus Cerini’s play Into the Shimmering World, now playing in Sydney, is an unforgiving meditation on what it is to be good and what takes to live a good life.


Latest Story

  • Could Australia go nuclear?

    Alan Finkel     |      April 12, 2024

    Nuclear power is a credible source of abundant zero-emissions electricity, but it would take 20 years to commence operations from a standing start in Australia.

  • Aligning skills and education

    Open Forum     |      April 12, 2024

    Student-centred reforms to more closely align the skills training and higher education sectors are needed to ensure that the Australian workforce is resilient and able to adapt to change.

  • Merge carefully

    Rod Sims     |      April 12, 2024

    The tougher merger laws proposed by the Federal government should boost competition, protect consumers and improve Australia’s economic performance and productivity by reducing the power of corporate oligopolies to dominate markets by force.

  • The search for extra-solar oceans

    David Rothery     |      April 11, 2024

    There may be oceans inside dwarf planets beyond the orbit of Pluto, just as there are inside several Jovian and Saturnian moons.

  • Navigating the minefield of misinformation

    Andrew Perfors     |      April 11, 2024

    We’re bombarded with misinformation by criminal scammers, foreign governments and ideological zealots, but we can make it easier to identify and avoid by being aware of our own biases and emotions.

  • Deciphering the monolith

    Ari Mattes     |      April 11, 2024

    Monolith, a low-budget, high concept science fiction film from first time Australian director Matt Vesely and writer Lucy Campbell, is a triumph of quiet, intelligent film making.

  • Setting up children for success

    Open Forum     |      April 10, 2024

    As Australian schools prepare to gather the nation’s latest data on early childhood development next month, early childhood advocates are emphasising the importance of taking action to set children up for success well ahead of their school years.

  • An opinionated guide to female painters

    Lydia Merrett     |      April 10, 2024

    A new book, An Opinionated Guide to Women Painters, offers a good introduction to the many women who have contributed to the development of western art.

  • Five keystones of wellbeing

    Victoria Ruby-Granger     |      April 10, 2024

    The “wellness” industry offers a thousand different solutions to our modern malaise, but true wellbeing is a product of the positive things we do in our lives, and can’t be bottled in an off-the-shelf product.

  • A new national security strategy

    Michael McNeill     |      April 9, 2024

    It’s been more than a decade since the Gillard government released Australia’s first national security strategy, and the deteriorating international situation demands a revised document to set out this country’s goals.

  • Hacking the internet

    Sigi Goode     |      April 9, 2024

    Microsoft software developer Andres Freund may have saved the internet from a major, long-con, hacking attempt when he discovered a backdoor in XZ Utils, a data compression utility used by Linux-based computer applications.

  • Park life

    Lachlan Gilbert     |      April 9, 2024

    Mature trees and residential gardens are disappearing from our ever-denser cities and suburbs, but a study comparing the remaining urban green spaces with natural areas reveals they’re contributing a lot more to ecosystems than previously thought.