• Infrastructure

    Making mega-projects work


    Open Forum |  June 23, 2024


    Medium and large-scale construction projects have a better chance of success if they are able to adhere to a set of pre-determined success criteria.


  • Culture

    In praise of Donald Sutherland


    Daryl Sparkes |  June 23, 2024


    Donald Sutherland never pigeonholed himself as a certain defined type of actor. He could play goofy, dramatic, scary, intense, subtle, tough or gentle and excelled at them all.


  • China

    High noon at Second Thomas Shoal


    Euan Graham |  June 23, 2024


    China has identified the beleaguered garrison at Second Thomas Shoal as a weak link to bully and intimidate, so a joint Philippines-US operation to resupply the Sierrra Madre would send a firm signal of deterrence and alliance cohesion to China.


Latest Story

  • 5 myths of eco-friendly eating

    Open Forum     |      June 22, 2024

    Determining the environmental and health impacts of different foods is highly complex, but some commonly held myths about food that’s both good for people and the planet need to be dispelled.

  • Universities and the blue Pacific

    Brendan Walker-Munro     |      June 22, 2024

    We’ve had plenty of panda diplomacy, wine diplomacy and rugby diplomacy in recent years, and perhaps a little university diplomacy could see Australia improve its standing in the Pacific.

  • CSIRO partners to strengthen regional health

    Open Forum     |      June 22, 2024

    Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, will partner with governments across the Pacific and Southeast Asia to help them better prepare for, and respond to, disease outbreaks.

  • Dutton’s nuclear gamble

    Michelle Grattan     |      June 21, 2024

    Peter Dutton needed a big idea to challenge Labor at the next election, and his proposal to meet Australia’s future energy needs with up to 7 nuclear plants is a gamble which will either make or break his political career.

  • What the experts say…on nuclear power

    Open Forum     |      June 21, 2024

    Peter Dutton has announced he will go to the next election promising to build seven nuclear power stations, located across the country. The sites will be located at retiring or retired coal sites, and the opposition leader says the new stations will be operational by between 2035 and 2037. What do the nation’s experts say?

  • Could Australia go nuclear?

    Alan Finkel     |      June 21, 2024

    Nuclear power is a credible source of abundant zero-emissions electricity, but it would take 20 years to commence operations from a standing start in Australia.

  • Philosophy as a way of life

    Matthew Sharpe     |      June 20, 2024

    The most life-changing books can seem like they have always been there. What they say may seem obvious, once we’ve read them, but that’s only because they’ve reshaped how we look at things.

  • Drone wars

    Natasha Karner     |      June 20, 2024

    The Russian invasion of Ukraine has revealed the criticality of drones as a weapon system for modern battlefields. Yet as other states rush to follow suit, there are some sobering realities to face from “high-tech” tools of warfare.

  • Using AI for social science research

    MacKenzie Paul     |      June 20, 2024

    Researchers in social science have developed a new database of AI tools for literature reviews, data collection and analyses, and research dissemination.

  • The flood risk at Kensington Banks

    Bernie O'Kane     |      June 19, 2024

    Floods have caused disastrous property damage in the Eastern States in recent years, with Melbourne’s Maribyrnong River incident in October 2022 offering a case study of foolish planning decisions and an abdication of responsibility in recognising and mitigating the danger of future events.

  • Team work makes the dream work

    Mladen Adamovic     |      June 19, 2024

    The UEFA Euro 2024 men’s football tournament is an event which celebrates great skill and athleticism. But it is also a chance for national teams to demonstrate the importance of leadership and teamwork in their quest for success.

  • The race back to the Moon

    Jacco van Loon     |      June 19, 2024

    The booming space industry is fixed on the Moon as a destination and major nations cannot afford to miss this boat as the space sector can boost whole economies.