• Culture

    Myth and religion


    Alan Stevenson |  February 24, 2024


    Religions have been the repositories and interpreters of myths and sacred stories and the creators of rituals to express them, but as religions become institutionalised or associated with secular political power, they are all too often distorted for self-serving purposes.


  • Politics and Policy

    Corruption watch


    Michelle Grattan |  February 24, 2024


    The National Anti-Corruption Commission will provide guidance on “corruption vulnerabilities” ahead of next year’s federal election, given increasing public concern on the issue.


  • International

    I feel no peace


    Gerhard Hoffstaedter |  February 24, 2024


    The plight of the Rohingya people of Myanmar is often relegated to the small print of the foreign news page, but the suffering of thousands under a brutal military regime and the unwillingness of regional neighbours and international agencies to help them is a continuing stain on the world.


Latest Story

  • The horror, the horror

    Jon Richardson     |      February 23, 2024

    Unmarked graves, abducted children, raped women, murdered civilians, blasted landscapes, deserted towns, violent repression and cultural erasure are just part of the devastating toll of Russia’s bestial invasion of Ukraine.

  • Ships still have a place at sea

    Brendan Nicholson     |      February 23, 2024

    Despite the growing lethality of anti-ship missiles and hunter-killer submarines, Vice Admiral Mark Hammond, the head of Australia’s Navy, firmly believes that surface sea power still has a major role to play in modern conflicts.

  • Generation vape

    Open Forum     |      February 23, 2024

    Vaping was initially toted as a safer alternative – and route out of – smoking tobacco, but has become a major health threat in its own right.

  • Checkout capitalism

    Sanjoy Paul     |      February 22, 2024

    As you pack your own purchases at Coles or Woolworths this week, having paid 50% more for your family’s food that you did a couple of years ago, take a moment to consider the ways Australia’s predatory duopoly dominates the nation’s food supply and exemplify the ‘chokepoint capitalism’ defined by Cory Doctorow.

  • Is bigger big enough?

    Malcolm Davis     |      February 22, 2024

    The Federal Government’s plan to expand Australian naval power is welcome, although the review tacitly accepts that a lack of manpower is as big a problem as a lack of modern ships and missile firepower.

  • Turmoil in PNG

    Michael Kabuni     |      February 22, 2024

    PNG has been riven by looting and political instability after police departed their posts due to salary deductions.

  • Sprint to success with AI

    Open Forum     |      February 21, 2024

    An artificial intelligence “Sprint” has been launched to help startups and entrepreneurs rapidly develop AI solutions to address pressing national issues including cost of living, governance, supply chain resilience, human and environmental well-being, and workforce transformation.

  • Learning the lessons of national resilience

    Marc Ablong     |      February 21, 2024

    Collective, collaborative action, enabled by governments and built on the capability of Australian industry and communities, can create a more resilient Australia, can ensure that we’re well placed to face the future with confidence.

  • Leadership in the Pacific

    Graeme Dobell     |      February 21, 2024

    The South Pacific has strong societies but weak states, and the social traditions which hold them together are beginning to shift and fade, underlining the importance of better Australian leadership in the region.

  • Navy 2.0

    Peter Layton     |      February 21, 2024

    The Federal government has unveiled its plan to revamp the Australian Navy, but given the struggles of recent ship procurement projects, will it solve our current problems – or just create new ones?

  • Stay the course with Ukraine

    Peter Tesch     |      February 20, 2024

    The West cannot turn its back on Ukraine in the face of Vladimir Putin’s remorseless and ruthless aggression. He must be stopped and turned back, or Western Europe itself will be in grave danger.

  • High-temperature superconductivity breakthrough

    Open Forum     |      February 20, 2024

    An international team of scientists have made a new discovery that may help to unlock the microscopic mystery of high-temperature superconductivity and address the world’s energy problems.