• Politics and Policy

    Labor’s first term report card

    John Quiggin |  May 19, 2024

    The Albanese government’s electoral strategy has constrained it to do little more than tweak the policy settings it inherited from the previous government, and adopt them as its own.

  • Society

    Vaccines save lives

    Sheel Meru |  May 19, 2024

    The chance of living one more year is up to 44 per cent more likely thanks to the past 50 years of vaccines, according to new research. But global drops in vaccine coverage pose a risk to further progress.

  • Pacific

    The good, the bad and the ugly

    Alan Tidwell |  May 19, 2024

    America’s Congress cannot play games with funding of initiatives in the Pacific. Nor can policymakers merely continue with existing and outdated programs. Too much is at stake.

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  • Don’t look back

    Agnes Arnold-Forster     |      May 18, 2024

    Nostalgia was once thought to be a potentially fatal illness, but is now co-opted by advertising agencies and politicians alike to sell us goods and policies harking back to ‘better days’ which perhaps never existed.

  • The nature of nature

    Tom Oliver     |      May 18, 2024

    Changing the dictionary definition of nature from “as opposed to humans” to “including humans” would encourage people to use the word in a way that reflects how humans are intertwined with the whole web of life.

  • Small is beautiful

    Tim Rock     |      May 18, 2024

    While large animals may dominate nature documentaries, most life on Earth is very small indeed, for very good reasons.

  • Speaking up for women in sport

    Catherine Ordway     |      May 17, 2024

    As Australia grapples with a “national crisis” of violence against women, what can men in sport do to help? A minute’s silence is fine in itself but being quiet isn’t enough.

  • Review bombing

    Nick Hajli     |      May 17, 2024

    Customer reviews on the internet have long been corrupted by shills, Google’s advertising schemes and SEO optimisation, but a tsunami of AI generated garbage is now rendering them useless unless users exercise great care.

  • Natural philosophy

    Open Forum     |      May 17, 2024

    Public policy should be based on scientific evidence – but scientists often lament the gap between science and policy, while policy-makers feel that scientists don’t deliver the evidence that is needed, so perhaps philosophical expertise can help close the gap between research and policy.

  • Crime waves

    Virginia Comolli     |      May 16, 2024

    Economic diversification is exposing Pacific islands countries to new criminal threats, according to the latest report by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.

  • The discrete charms of the analogue world

    Michael Beverland     |      May 16, 2024

    The backlash against digitisation, artificial intelligence and the appropriation of human culture by a handful of technology giants is exemplified by a growing interest in classic analogue synths, rather than their soulless digital successors.

  • Only the astronauts

    Tony Hughes-d'Aeth     |      May 16, 2024

    Adrift in outer space, a motley crew of human-made objects tell their tales, making real history a little sweeter and stranger, in the new collection of short stories by Ceridwen Dovey.

  • Chalmers’ budget giveaway

    Stephen Bartos     |      May 15, 2024

    Jim Chalmers has produced a benign third budget aimed at soothing hard-pressed voters agitated about their high cost of living and punishing interest rates without making things worse by over-stoking the economy.

  • Under siege

    Geoff Heriot     |      May 15, 2024

    The growing cyber, foreign interference, and disinformation threat from hostile state and non-state actors motivates a call for Australia to use all tools of statecraft to help shape the information space.

  • Is there any AI out there?

    Michael Garrett     |      May 15, 2024

    Every technological breakthrough or environmental issue – from nuclear weapons to climate change – has been trumpeted as the reason we haven’t detected intelligent alien life, and AI isn’t about to miss the party.