• Society

    The barbarians inside the gates


    Jason Beale |  July 2, 2020


    Urban protests against the death of George Floyd in the USA have metastasized into a wider assault against western culture and history, with figures from Winston Churchill to Captain James Cook feeling protestors’ ill-informed wrath.


  • Education

    How COVID-19 challenged PhD students


    Khandakar Al Farid Uddin |  July 2, 2020


    A new survey of Australian PhD research students finds that 90% said the pandemic had affected their continuing research, while 70% thought their planned research outcome would be severely affected.


  • Security

    Walking the walk


    Michael Shoebridge |  July 2, 2020


    The new force structure plan sets a clear direction for Australia’s military that engages with the new world we are living in. It positions Australia to resist coercion and deter conflict but now the hard work of implementation must begin.


Latest Story

  • A universal basic income might get us through the Covid recession

    David Thorp     |      June 30, 2020

    A universal basic income could help the economy recover after COVID-19, remove the work disincentives current benefits create and improve equity and social cohesion.

  • Watch the skies!

    Alan Stevenson     |      June 30, 2020

    The release of footage from US Navy jets tracking fast moving, unidentified craft has rekindled interest in the possibility of alien visitors from distant worlds.

  • Politics means never having to say you’re sorry

    Richard Holden     |      June 30, 2020

    We judge the competency of politicians by what they say and do, and this creates perverse incentives for even competent politicians to refuse to admit mistakes.

  • Crouching media, hidden agenda

    Stjepan Bosnjak     |      June 29, 2020

    Recent Chinese state-owned media have been using colourful headlines and articles to describe Australia. This is a tried and trusted method that has been used for at least a quarter century.

  • Renewable energy exports in Australia’s post-fossil-fuel future

    Hal Crichton-Standish     |      June 29, 2020

    The Northern Territory has an opportunity, via the new Sun Cable and Pilbara projects, to lead Australia on its transition from fossil fuel exports to renewable energy exports.

  • Save the world to save ourselves

    Rebekah Brown     |      June 29, 2020

    When we disrupt the natural environmental systems people depend on, when populations collide with exotic wild animals in a wet market, we find ourselves confronted with a global pandemic.

  • Putting workers first?

    Dawn Lo     |      June 28, 2020

    The focus on economic recovery will be an opportunity for unions and employers to initiate major change in industrial relations.

  • Australia’s unfair tax system needs an overhaul

    Victoria Tichá     |      June 28, 2020

    Amid the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s tax time presents Australian businesses, particularly smaller ones, with an even greater challenge and the compliance costs could be significant. 

  • Australian soaps to the Pacific

    Richard Broinowski     |      June 28, 2020

    The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has launched an initiative to send commercial Australian television programs to local stations in the South Pacific.

  • Arvanitakis on American politics: Is an inclusive progressive turn possible?

    James Arvanitakis     |      June 27, 2020

    The tumultuous events of the last fortnight in American politics have continued to surprise and confound commentators while simultaneously ratifying our suspicions.

  • Australasia will host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup: What’s not to like?

    David Rowe     |      June 27, 2020

    Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand have won the right to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In the middle of a global pandemic, sport in both countries surely has something to celebrate.

  • Don’t panic!

    Dawn Lo     |      June 27, 2020

    Panic buying toilet paper is a quick mental fix that makes people feel more prepared and less anxious, says a UNSW consumer behaviour expert, given the news of rising COVID-19 infections in Victoria and fears of a second wave of infection.