• Pacific

    The plastic Pacific


    Anthony Bergin |  August 17, 2022


    The Albanese government is advancing Australia’s Pacific interests by supporting island nations’ efforts to deal with marine plastics pollution.


  • Politics and Policy

    Should Morrison resign from Parliament?


    Michelle Grattan |  August 17, 2022


    Liberal frontbencher Karen Andrews isn’t alone among her colleagues in believing Scott Morrison should quit parliament in the wake of the ‘secret minister’ scandal.


  • Environment

    Backyard birds in decline


    Open Forum |  August 17, 2022


    The numbers and diversity of birds in our urban spaces is in steep decline as gardens and green spaces are developed for housing.


Latest Story

  • One man committee

    Michelle Grattan     |      August 16, 2022

    Scott Morrison’s secret appointment of himself to a string of government ministries was not illegal, but did flout the conventions of how cabinet government, ministerial accountability and administrative transparency should work.

  • Climate action can win back the Pacific

    Drew Beacom     |      August 16, 2022

    Though Australia’s regional strategy increasingly focuses on the Pacific, regional leaders have grown distrustful of Canberra, but proactive climate policy may win some back.

  • Russia’s war renews the push for renewables

    Neil Martin     |      August 16, 2022

    Europe’s revulsion of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have accelerated the global transition to renewable energy.

  • Workplace wellbeing

    Dougal Sutherland     |      August 15, 2022

    In the post-COVID environment, organisations have a duty to understand what a healthy work environment looks like and to provide it for their employees.

  • The Pacific Islands Forum can learn from ASEAN

    Joanne Wallis     |      August 15, 2022

    Pacific Islands Forum members could consider what ARF mechanisms might be usefully adapted to the Pacific context to ensure that Pacific regionalism is an effective buffer and bulwark in the face of strategic competition.

  • Sanctions busting

    Robert Wihtol     |      August 15, 2022

    The West has a long history of imposing economic sanctions on aggressor states, and aggressor states have an equally long history of ignoring them completely.

  • The democratic partnership for global development

    Cong Pham     |      August 14, 2022

    The Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment is a new G7 initiative to counter China’s self-serving Belt and Road Initiative and benefit developing and developed countries alike.

  • Don’t wake Antarctica’s ‘sleeping giant’

    Jesse Hawley     |      August 14, 2022

    A new study suggests the worst effects of global warming on Earth’s largest ice sheet can be avoided if the world meets the climate targets outlined in the Paris Agreement – but if we fail, then the melting of the ice sheet will have a drastic impact on sea level rise.

  • Will the teals take seats in NSW?

    Michelle Grattan     |      August 14, 2022

    Although part of the federal teal success was due to “strategic” voting by some Labor supporters, victories for state community candidates in Victoria and NSW would reinforce the message that Liberal supporters are migrating to a new political force.

  • Facing facts over China

    John Fitzgerald     |      August 13, 2022

    Australians have as much reason to be wary of China’s communist government as people in Taiwan, because China’s communists have shown they don’t care about people anywhere – not in China, not in Taiwan and not in Australia.

  • Fakes, facts and flame outs

    Mathieu O Neil     |      August 13, 2022

    Hostile governments, conspiracy theorists and politically motivated individuals use social media to spread lies for profit or to gain a strategic advantage, so what can we do to protect ourselves?

  • The pursuit of happiness

    Alan Stevenson     |      August 13, 2022

    We spend billions of dollars each year looking for happiness, hoping it might be bought, consumed, found, or travelled to, but other, more contemplative cultures and traditions assure us that this is a waste of time, and living in the moment is the best way to find true contentment.