• Education

    A welcome boost for pre-school funding


    Lennie Barblett |  May 16, 2021


    The 2021-22 budget includes funding for 15 hours per week of free preschool education for all children in the year before school.


  • Resilience

    A missed opportunity for nation building


    Gillian Savage |  May 16, 2021


    Sustainable nation-building requires us to go beyond short-term ‘sugar hit’ investment and relearn how to collaborate with persistence.


  • Culture

    Desperately seeking Chopin


    Scott Davie |  May 11, 2021


    As a concert pianist, Scott Davie has been searching for the spirit of Chopin since his teens. It’s taken him to Paris and Majorca and channeled tantalising notes through time.


Latest Story

  • The post-election reckoning ahead

    Michelle Grattan     |      May 15, 2021

    The Coalition ditched its mantra of ‘fiscal responsibility’ during the pandemic, but a financial reckoning may be on the horizon – as soon as the next federal election is won.

  • Einstein on the birds and bees

    Open Forum     |      May 15, 2021

    Could bees and birds help us understand the principles of physics? Albert Einstein thought so, according to a long-lost letter that reveals he predicted a link between physics and biology seven decades before the evidence emerged.

  • After Afghanistan

    Oved Lobel     |      May 15, 2021

    Against the advice of all of his senior military and intelligence officials, US President Joe Biden has opted to continue the irresponsible policy of his predecessor Donald Trump and fully withdraw American troops from Afghanistan by September, under a deal negotiated directly between the US and the Taliban.

  • Lessons from an octopus

    Chris Schell     |      May 14, 2021

    As humans take up space and modify our environment, we affect the habitat of species that perish if they can’t adapt, change or move. What can we learn from octopuses about innovation and sustainability in the face of change?

  • We need herd immunity against vaccine misinformation

    Open Forum     |      May 14, 2021

    A new study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE revealed over 103 million people globally liked, shared, retweeted or reacted with an emoji to misinformation and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines.

  • China’s propaganda war pays off

    Julia Bergin     |      May 13, 2021

    Chinese propaganda may be crude in terms of content, but the sheer weight of the Communist Party’s misinformation campaign is shifting the narrative in its favour around the world.

  • The power of the Indigenous business sector

    Michelle Evans     |      May 13, 2021

    Each year, Indigenous businesses bring in at least $A4.9 billion; now first-of-its-kind research reveals the extent of the economic power and diversity of Australian Indigenous businesses.

  • Patients embraced telehealth during COVID-19

    Open Forum     |      May 13, 2021

    The expansion of telehealth-supported access to health care during the COVID-19 pandemic was roundly embraced by general practice patients, according to new Flinders University research.

  • Frydenberg shakes the money tree

    Michelle Grattan     |      May 12, 2021

    In addition to the boosts to women and aged care, many individuals and businesses will be scrutinising the budget for what it says about opening Australia back to the world when the pandemic ebbs.

  • Space startup Quasar takes off with CSIRO tech

    Open Forum     |      May 12, 2021

    Australian space startup Quasar Satellite Technologies is set to revolutionise space communication, allowing ground stations to talk to hundreds of satellites at once using technology developed by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency.

  • Growing public support for compulsory vaccines

    David Smith     |      May 12, 2021

    New research has found widespread support among Australians for mandating COVID-19 vaccinations to protect vulnerable populations and speed the return to normality.

  • Rethinking NAPLAN

    Jane Wilkinson     |      May 11, 2021

    Schools survived without NAPLAN in 2020. They taught, they assessed, they reported, and – most importantly – they supported. From that lesson, we should reimagine the testing regime so that schools and students can be helped to thrive.