• Business

    The “new normal” of post-COVID workplaces


    Kate Bettes |  October 20, 2021


    Many organisations will retain hybrid working to improve collaboration, communication, productivity and innovation as COVID restrictions ease.


  • Society

    How China will lose the world


    John West |  October 20, 2021


    China seems to be on a path towards global leadership. However, according to Luke Patey’s new book How China Loses, with middle powers and developing countries pushing back against China’s overreach, China is unlikely command influence over global affairs.


  • Resilience

    Mobilising for resilience


    Joanne Nicholson |  October 19, 2021


    Mobilising society, rather than individual institutions, will be required to face a range of threats from war, grey-zone conflict, terrorism and organised crime to domestic and offshore natural disasters.


Latest Story

  • 30 years of climate vacillation

    Kate Crowley     |      October 19, 2021

    To see bone fide change in Australia’s climate response, the government must not repeat the mistakes of the past: politicising climate change, delaying the clean energy transition, persisting with ineffective policies, and offsetting rather than reducing emissions.

  • Confronting state fragility and democratic decline

    Anastasia Kapetas     |      October 19, 2021

    The return of strategic competition between states is an established geopolitical trend, but states themselves are getting more fragile, according to the 2021 Fund for Peace Fragile States Index.

  • Plastic litter is a beach

    Diane Nazaroff     |      October 19, 2021

    Ten years of citizen science data has informed a UNSW study which found plastic dominates the rubbish found on Australian beaches.

  • Envisioning a zero-carbon future

    Con Anagnostopoulos     |      October 18, 2021

    Australia remains one of the world’s highest per capita emitters and fossil fuel exporters and is under increasing pressure to commit to carbon neutrality by 2050. How could we get to zero net emissions by this much talked about deadline? 

  • Appeasement of China won’t save Taiwan

    Peter Jennings     |      October 18, 2021

    The democratic world has done little to oppose Communist China’s militarisation of the South China Sea, wholesale cyber-theft and brutal internal repression. Further appeasement of Xi’s designs on Taiwan would be disastrous, but deterring an attack can work.

  • Arvanitakis on American politics: Biden’s score card

    James Arvanitakis     |      October 16, 2021

    Twelve months after Donald Trump’s tumultuous election defeat, how can we assess the achievements of the Biden Administration and the challenges which still lie ahead? Here are four areas worth reflecting on.

  • The value of creativity

    Ben Knight     |      October 16, 2021

    What is creativity, and why is it essential in our lives?

  • AI is a double-edged sword

    Toby Walsh     |      October 16, 2021

    As the perils and wonders of artificial intelligence begin to permeate our lives, the ‘IPCC report for AI’ calls for action to ensure a safe future.

  • Cracks in the system

    Open Forum     |      October 15, 2021

    It is almost impossible for purchasers to predict whether their new apartment will have building defects, a report into the apartment building industry has found.

  • Albanese needs to walk the talk on Labor’s integrity issue

    Michelle Grattan     |      October 15, 2021

    The Labor leader has campaigned relentlessly against the government on a range of integrity issues and so to soft pedal on his party’s own ‘branch stacking’ scandal smacks of double standards and a failure of leadership.

  • Covid-19’s toll on Papua New Guinea

    Hillary Mansour     |      October 14, 2021

    Covid-19 has triggered cascading impacts in PNG’s health, economic, social, civil and administrative sectors while undermining the government’s capacity to address them.

  • What does a ‘Covid-normal’ workplace look like?

    Rachel Packham     |      October 14, 2021

    Workplaces are changing, offering more flexibility than ever, says a UNSW Canberra report. But not everyone has fallen in love with hybrid ways of working.