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  • Saving for a rainy day

    Derek Lotts     |      June 25, 2022

    After 30 years of growth, 2 years of COVID funding and 5 months of Russia’s terrible war in Ukraine, the economic chickens are coming home to roost for Australia, but individuals can still take steps to protect their financial position.

  • Putin waits for the West to get bored

    Matthew Sussex     |      June 24, 2022

    The West is growing weary of Russia’s war in Ukraine, despite leaving Ukraine to do all the fighting, and Vladimir Putin is counting on the free world’s short attention span and lack of moral fibre to grind his way to European domination.

  • Drought need not lead to disaster

    Ilan Kelman     |      June 24, 2022

    Australia is no stranger to the problems caused by droughts, which are only set to increase in intensity and duration as climate change begins to bite, but lessons learned around the world can help stop droughts becoming humanitarian disasters.

  • Battling the super-bugs

    Jeremy Barr     |      June 24, 2022

    The over-use of antibiotics has reduced their effectiveness against many strains of bacteria, but the medical employment of phages – natural predators of bacteria – could help contain the growth of ‘super bugs’.

  • Smart farming can transform Australian agriculture

    Charlie Fletcher     |      June 23, 2022

    In the wake of dwindling water supplies and persistent drought conditions, smart technology is helping Australia to secure its water future, and it can do the same for agriculture.

  • Building health system resilience

    Open Forum     |      June 23, 2022

    A team of Australian researchers have outlined a range of strategies to help the healthcare system respond better when disaster strikes and make sure nobody is left behind.

  • Overcoming our fear of rejection

    Ben Knight     |      June 23, 2022

    Humans once relied on tribal and family groups for their survival, and so we’re programmed on an evolutionary level to fear social rejection, but we can learn to deal with it when it happens in the modern world.

  • A big state boost for early childhood education

    Wendy Boyd     |      June 22, 2022

    Whatever the political calculations behind the major investments in early childhood education announced by NSW and Victoria, it’s welcome news for parents, teachers and children.

  • Putin’s Stalinist plan for Ukraine

    Paul Maddrell     |      June 22, 2022

    Putin’s quest to conquor the whole of Ukraine has stalled, but his attempts to absorb the east of the country through brutal force and ethic cleansing echo the approach of his main role model.

  • Resilience and traditional culture in the Pacific

    Apisalome Movono     |      June 22, 2022

    Traditional ways helped people in the Pacific survive the economic problems of the COVID pandemic, and future development should also complement the Pacific way and uplift the “mana” of Pacific peoples, rather than aim to replace it.

  • Prosecuting Putin

    Victor Peskin     |      June 21, 2022

    The capture and prosecution of Serbian war criminal Slobodan Milosevic offers a playbook for bringing Vladimir Putin to justice for his savage assault on Ukraine.

  • Living on the edge

    Open Forum     |      June 21, 2022

    Lovers of extreme sports are often dismissed as adrenalin junkies, thrillseekers and reckless risktakers, but Southern Cross University psychologist Dr Eric Brymer wants people to cast aside those negative perceptions.