• China

    Conflict in the South China Sea


    Sascha-Dominik Dov Bachmann |  July 3, 2022


    China’s bellicose ambitions in the region constitute a real threat to the sovereignty and national security of democratic nations in the Indo-Pacific family.


  • Defence and Security

    Australians back more defence spending


    Michelle Grattan |  July 3, 2022


    Australians are becoming more fearful in an insecure world, and want to see the country armed up, favouring more defence spending and the planned acquisition of nuclear-powered submarines.


  • International

    Vive la tour!


    Gaël Gueguen |  July 3, 2022


    More spectators watch the Tour de France, the world’s greatest cycling race, than any other sporting event. This years tour promises another spectacular festival of racing, but how has it changed over the years?


Latest Story

  • NATO must stand fast against the Russian ogre

    Malcolm Davis     |      July 2, 2022

    While all are too timid to fight for the freedom they profess to support, NATO nations have shown varying degrees of outrage and support for Ukraine’s brave and lonely fight against the marauding Russian ogre, and must redouble their resolve to fight further aggression with more than just brave words.

  • A special envoy to ASEAN?

    Euan Graham     |      July 2, 2022

    Appointing a special envoy to ASEAN would free up more of Penny Wong’s time to devote to the Pacific and Southeast Asia, signalling Australia’s acknowledgement of the region’s importance.

  • Britain gets ready for war

    William Leben     |      July 2, 2022

    Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute’s Land Warfare Conference in London, the British Chief of the General Staff has outlined Britain’s military response to Russian threats of war in response to Britain’s support for Ukraine against the Russian invasion.

  • A plateful of extinction

    Quentin Read     |      July 1, 2022

    Tough trade-offs for both individuals and societies may be required to balance human health, agricultural economics, and environmental sustainability.

  • How the Chinese silenced Pacific media

    Sue Ahearn     |      July 1, 2022

    Media coverage of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s recent visit to the South Pacific was effectively silenced, highlighting the fragility of a free media in the region.

  • 25 million answers in eight charts

    Wes Mountain     |      July 1, 2022

    More than 25 million Australians sat down on Tuesday August 20 last year to complete their census, and the results offer a fascinating snapshot into the changing demographics of this country.

  • The dead cat bounce of coal

    Jorrit Gosens     |      June 30, 2022

    Recent volatility in global fossil energy markets have been a boon for coal exporters but, in the long term, it will only accelerate the phase-out of coal, as policymakers in importing countries transition to clean domestically produced energy for a range of environmental, economic and security reasons.

  • Unlocking the secrets of extinct megafauna

    Open Forum     |      June 30, 2022

    Australian palaeontologists from Flinders University have described a new genus of giant fossil kangaroo from the mountains of central Papua New Guinea. Rather than being closely related to Australian kangaroos, it most likely belongs to a unique genus of more primitive kangaroo found only in PNG.

  • The amateur asteroid hunters giving NASA a run for its money

    Peter Vereš     |      June 29, 2022

    Even with millions in funding and super high-tech equipment, the world’s space agencies need a helping hand from people at home to track down near earth asteroids.

  • Australia has lift off

    Malcolm Davis     |      June 29, 2022

    Australia has taken another step towards becoming a serious contributor to the global space economy with the launch of a NASA sounding rocket from the Arnhem Space Center at Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory.

  • The Pacific power game

    Sue Farran     |      June 29, 2022

    The island states of the Pacific – from large Papua New Guinea to the smaller island states like Tuvalu – find themselves in a newly influential position as the west and China battle for their strategic backing.

  • Agriculture 4.0 helps farmers do more with less

    Rabiya Abbasi     |      June 29, 2022

    If integrated correctly, new technologies can enhance crop yields, reduce production costs, improve the traceability of food, eliminate unnecessary waste and detect diseases in advance, but harnessing Agriculture 4.0’s full value won’t be easy.