• Culture

    Lives of girls and women


    Manina Jones |  May 23, 2024


    Alice Munro, who has died at the age of 92, was one of the world’s most beloved writers of tender, insightful short stories, a Nobel Prize winner, and a Canadian national treasure.


  • Culture

    Simple twist of fate


    Michael Allen Fox |  May 23, 2024


    While our ‘fate’ is often seen as determined by inevitable events, a higher power or circumstances beyond our control, our fate is largely in our own hands and determined by our actions, choices and character.


  • Artificial Intelligence

    AI goes to war


    Niusha Shafiabady |  May 23, 2024


    There is no doubt that the use of AI will become increasingly prominent in armed conflicts, but policymakers need to be aware of its shortcomings as well as its capabilities.


Latest Story

  • Maribyrnong River blues

    Bernie O'Kane     |      May 22, 2024

    Expert commentators are warning of an increasing flood risk along the lower Maribyrnong River in Victoria. Is this a case of the boy “crying wolf” or is there a need for urgent intervention?

  • Australia v X

    Tanvi Nair     |      May 22, 2024

    The Australian news cycle has been dominated by the fight between the Australian eSafety Commissioner and Elon Musk’s X Corp (Twitter). As their battle continues to play out, the question of who controls the internet is thrust into the public debate once again.

  • How the cockroach conquered the world

    Qian Tang     |      May 22, 2024

    German cockroaches – which actually originated in East India – have infested almost the whole world in the last millennium, as anyone who lives in an Australian city will testify.

  • RIP Internet?

    Vlada Rozova     |      May 21, 2024

    The “dead internet” theory argues that AI and bot-generated content has come to dominate content generation and advertising impressions, leaving real people superfluous to its zombie-like functioning.

  • Don’t waste this opportunity

    Eric Lies     |      May 21, 2024

    Australia can play a leadership role in clean energy waste management and in lifting environmental standards throughout the Indo-Pacific.

  • Charting inequality

    Open Forum     |      May 21, 2024

    New research from the Productivity Commission has unpacked changes to income and wealth levels during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Vulnerable preschoolers are slipping through the cracks

    Susan Skelly     |      May 20, 2024

    Many preschoolers are missing out on the early childhood education they are entitled to according to a new report led by Professor Linda J Harrison, from Macquarie’s School of Education.

  • Things fell apart

    Alexander Howard     |      May 20, 2024

    Social media continually bombards us with piecemeal fragments of a selectively curated approximation of something that passes for reality, stoking division and angst.

  • The business of burning out

    Andreana Drencheva     |      May 20, 2024

    We all want to work on something we’re passionate about, but placing placing too much of your sense of self in your work can strain your mental health and personal relationships.

  • Taiwan lives

    John West     |      May 20, 2024

    Niki Alsford’s recent book, “Taiwan Lives,” explores how the Taiwanese people have created one of the world’s most high-tech economies, a successful and vibrant democracy, and a distinctive cultural identity.

  • Her?

    Marcel Scharth     |      May 20, 2024

    OpenAI’s release of CGT-4o marks a pivot towards personalising AI chatbots to differentiate them from their competition, rather than any significant increase in capability.

  • Labor’s first term report card

    John Quiggin     |      May 19, 2024

    The Albanese government’s electoral strategy has constrained it to do little more than tweak the policy settings it inherited from the previous government, and adopt them as its own.