• China

    World peace: Why the West must crush Chinese ambitions


    Mark Nicol |  October 29, 2020


    An increasingly powerful and aggressive China is extending its economic, political and military influence around the world. A concerted and immediate effort is required from democratic nations if Xi’s ambitions are to be thwarted.


  • Space

    Moon river


    Andrew Dempster |  October 29, 2020


    Researchers have long suspected there’s water – or ice, to be precise – on the Moon. New research now confirms it, and suggests it lurks in sun-starved nooks and crannies called ‘cold traps’.


  • International

    International roundup


    Hal Crichton-Standish |  October 29, 2020


    Tracy Beattie, Hal Crichton-Standish, Daria Impiombato, Alexandra Pascoe and Albert Zhang offer this weeks round-up of threats, developments and crisis around the world.


Latest Story

  • Asia shuts the door on Australian energy exports

    Open Forum     |      October 28, 2020

    Thermal coal and gas export markets about to rapidly shrink as Asia leads net-zero emission coal and gas exits.

  • Manufacturing initiative risks squandering Australia’s opportunity in space

    Malcolm Davis     |      October 28, 2020

    Although space technology is noted as a priority in the Government’s “modern manufacturing initiative”, an old fashioned approach to projects may not be enough to boost the growth in capability we need.

  • How the US can build cooperation in the Pacific

    Steven McGann     |      October 28, 2020

    The United States is in the midst of a major shift in focus to the Indo-Pacific as it competes with China for global influence. This contest will affect key US priorities and require comprehensive policy engagement with Pacific island nations and other partners in the region.

  • Parents’ lessons for teachers

    Pearl Subban     |      October 28, 2020

    While it’s hoped schooling will return to “normal” post-COVID remote learning, the experiences of parents should inform educators’ practices of the future.

  • A better way to protect government integrity

    Yee-Fui Ng     |      October 27, 2020

    Independent MP Helen Haines has just introduced a bill into parliament to establish a robust new federal integrity commission. Without the government’s support, it is unlikely to pass but the move is designed to force the government’s hand.

  • Tackling the scandal of forced marriage

    Laura Vidal     |      October 27, 2020

    There were 223 cases relating to human trafficking and slavery offences reported to the Australian Federal Police in 2019, 92 involved a forced marriage and over half these victims were under 18. The killing of 20-year-old Ruqia Haidari in Perth at the hands of her husband of two months underlines the need for a tougher response.

  • How meta skills improve your knowledge, and why universities ignore them

    John Alexander Adam     |      October 27, 2020

    Meta skills are general and reusable abilities which apply broadly to a wide set of problems, or help people acquire more specific skills, but universities still shy from teaching students how to learn.

  • What’s different about technology monopolies?

    Richard Holden     |      October 26, 2020

    Google mops up around 92% of search-engine traffic and uses that data to target adverts at consumers. However, just because a tech company has a big share of the market doesn’t mean it has the power to keep it.

  • The ethics of infecting healthy people

    Amanda Berry     |      October 26, 2020

    There are more than 200 COVID-19 vaccine candidates being considered at the moment, but human challenge studies are still needed to allow scientists to assess which are most worthy of further development.

  • A sailor with the sea in his soul

    Anthony Bergin     |      October 26, 2020

    Sam Bateman, one of Australia’s and the region’s finest maritime and strategic thinkers and leaders. died last week at the age of 82.

  • When is the ‘right’ time to invest in women and STEM?

    Open Forum     |      October 25, 2020

    The federal government’s plan to reduce the cost of a university STEM course and provide more related job opportunities will have little impact on girls and women if they don’t identify with STEM subjects.

  • America’s Indo-Pacific strategy is about to change

    Walter Lohman     |      October 25, 2020

    Washington’s approach to the Indo-Pacific will change over the next four years, regardless of the outcome of the November election. The only questions are how and how much.