• Education

    A chance to even the odds


    Megan O’Connell |  May 24, 2019


    A child’s destiny is heavily influenced by the lottery of socio-economic status and where they happen to grow up, but access to quality early learning can help even the odds for all Australian children.


  • Politics and Policy

    Voter aspiration powered the Coalition victory


    Mark Triffitt |  May 24, 2019


    Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s message of aspirational individualism resonated with voters, leaving the polls behind and leaving Labor contemplating a reshaped agenda.


  • Politics and Policy

    Mending the opinion polls


    Adrian Barnett |  May 24, 2019


    Election opinion polls are like penalty shoot-outs at a World Cup final: there’s huge pressure to get it right and we remember the big misses most of all. Better opinions polls are more expensive, because pollsters must make more effort to get a representative and honest sample of voters, but it’s a price worth paying in the future.


Latest Story

  • 3 lessons from behavioural economics which Labor forgot

    Tracey West     |      May 23, 2019

    Labor’s extensive policy platform was bold but its leaders overlooked some fundamental principles of behavioural economics in trying to sell it to the voters.

  • The battlefield is no place for soldiers

    Solomon Birch     |      May 23, 2019

    Automation and artificial intelligence may replace humans in a host of current industries and perhaps in the oldest profession of all – the warrior on the battlefield.

  • Understanding #Quexit

    Anne Tiernan     |      May 23, 2019

    Progressive voices have lit up social media with memes blaming Queensland for Labor’s loss in the federal election, but condemning the state as regressive and redneck does nothing to understand voters’ motivations.

  • Early childhood education is everybody’s business

    Tricia Eadie     |      May 22, 2019

    The first five years of life are the most critical for building the foundations for life-long learning, well-being, and health. It is therefore critical we have policy reform and investment in quality early childhood education.

  • Australia should stop bolstering China’s military

    Alex Joske     |      May 22, 2019

    A clear statement that Australia will not increase the war fighting capability of the Chinese military would be common sense and offer a guiding principle for future decision-making.

  • Tackling the threat of invasive species

    Linda Broadhurst     |      May 22, 2019

    The threat posed by invasive species is often overlooked amid worries over land clearing and climate change, but tackling alien plants and animals which crowd out native species is vital to the future of Australia’s fragile ecosystems.

  • Girls and boys

    Sherine Al Shallah     |      May 21, 2019

    Society’s attitudes to gender stereotypes can prompt some tricky questions for children and parents alike.

  • Fresh blood and new challenges for Labor and the Coalition

    Michelle Grattan     |      May 21, 2019

    Should Labor jump to a generation when it chooses its new leader – and should Scott Morrison steal some Shorten policies to broaden his agenda in government?

  • Hail, the President of Parliament

    Graeme Dobell     |      May 21, 2019

    Australia’s Prime Minister won re-election with a Presidential approach, but he will still have to negotiate a careful path in power given his razor thin margin of victory.

  • How Labor lost the people

    Geoffrey Robinson     |      May 20, 2019

    After confidently predicting a Labor victory for the last three years, the pundits are now explaining the reasons why Labor lost. Central to the defeat was the party’s inability to convince enough people it would make their lives better in the future, rather than threaten their prosperity today.

  • Mighty oaks from little acorns grow: The success story of Bio21

    Robert Crompton     |      May 20, 2019

    The Bio21 Hub was established in 1998 through a collaboration between Melbourne University Science Departments and Research Institutes including the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.  This 20 year relationship has now led to break-through commercialisation of cancer research in partnership with major pharmaceutical companies.

  • What comes next for the ‘miracle man’?

    Marija Taflaga     |      May 20, 2019

    Scott Morrison’s election victory shocked the pundits but his lack of a policy agenda for the new term is not the only question mark over the future of the Liberal Party.