• Human Interest

    Flexing our social muscles


    Melanie Lambert |  March 5, 2024


    While maintaining financial security tends to dominate considerations of retirement, the need to stay socially active and connected with others when we leave the workforce can be just as important for our long-term well-being.


  • Health

    Health economics


    Open Forum |  March 5, 2024


    Health economists must play a key role in decision making to improve the efficiency of local hospitals and health networks if Australia wants better results from the $180 billion dollars spent every year on healthcare services.


  • Science and Technology

    Kitchen science


    Sam Baron |  March 5, 2024


    Some science experiments cost billions of dollars, while others can be done on a tabletop, but both types of investigation could help push our understanding of fundamental physics into new realms.


Latest Story

  • Fear and loathing in Australia

    Victoria Fielding     |      March 4, 2024

    As we muddle through the complexities of the 21st century, progress appears to be stifled by a media keen on angering its audience, rather than informing them.

  • The enemy within

    David Wroe     |      March 4, 2024

    Tucker Carlson’s lickspittle ‘interview’ with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin was yet another shot fired by Russia and his American apologists in the propaganda war against Ukraine and NATO, but what more can be done to counter the disinformation campaigns undermining Western democracies?

  • Under his thumb

    Ostap Kushnir     |      March 4, 2024

    Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has never understood why Ukrainians want to control their own destiny or choose a free democratic future as part of Europe rather than cling to the memory of Soviet suppression.

  • Ukraine is fighting our war

    Brendan Nicholson     |      March 3, 2024

    On the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of his country, Ambassador Vasyl Myroshnychenko has delivered a blunt and heartfelt message to Australia—Ukraine is fighting our war.

  • Listen to the people

    Ross Carroll     |      March 3, 2024

    Although he once quipped that “You can never plan the future by the past” could the work of 18th-century political theorist Edmund Burke, famed for his cautionary take on the French Revolution, help modern democracies escape their current malaise?

  • Nemesis

    Open Forum     |      March 3, 2024

    A CSIRO team aboard research vessel (RV) Investigator has helped Heritage NSW solve a 120-year mystery with the discovery of the SS Nemesis, a 73-metre iron-hulled steamship that was lost at sea in 1904.

  • Helping Ukraine to help ourselves

    Bec Shrimpton     |      March 2, 2024

    To recall Margaret Thatcher’s choice turn of phrase to George H.W. Bush when confronting Saddam Hussein’s flagrant aggression against Kuwait in 1990, this is no time “to go wobbly” on Australia’s support for Ukraine.

  • Whatever happened to El Niño?

    Open Forum     |      March 2, 2024

    This summer was supposed to be dry and hot, and a scientist from UNSW Sydney explains why the current warm and wet El Niño cycle hasn’t behaved quite as we expected it to.

  • Fat planet

    Open Forum     |      March 2, 2024

    While malnutrition remains an important issue in some countries, over a billion people around the world are now obese, with all the health problems this implies.

  • Oxfam calls for climate action

    Open Forum     |      March 2, 2024

    The ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)-Australia Special Summit commences this week in Melbourne and Oxfam is calling for the Australian government and other world leaders attending to ramp up ambition to tackle the climate crisis in the region.

  • Australia’s productivity problem

    Open Forum     |      March 1, 2024

    A new report from the Productivity Commission shows that labour productivity fell sharply in 2022-23, as a record-breaking increase in hours worked failed to generate a similar increase in economic output.

  • Sabotage down under

    Sarah Kendall     |      March 1, 2024

    The Western world is under constant attack from Russian, Chinese, Iranian and North Korean hackers, spies and saboteurs, and Australia is not immune from foreign intrusion.