• Culture

    Remembering William Cooper


    Open Forum |  December 8, 2019


    William Cooper is best known as a visionary campaigner for his own indigenous people, their equality under the law, and their right to be recognised as their land’s original custodians.


  • Human Interest

    Watch your kids around water


    Open Forum |  December 8, 2019


    Leaving young children unsupervised in or near water while checking a pot on the stove, hanging washing out to dry or monitoring other children can lead to tragedy.


  • Infrastructure

    Rewrite the building code to restore apartment buyer confidence


    Geoff Hanmer |  December 8, 2019


    Governments and regulators assume compliance with building regulations will restore public confidence, but complying with the National Construction Code won’t fix many common defects.


Latest Story

  • Arvanitakis on American politics: Five types of Trump supporters

    James Arvanitakis     |      December 7, 2019

    Despite the impeachment controversy, distinct groups of American voters remain staunch supporters of President Donald Trump, albeit for quite different reasons.

  • What is the law when AI makes the decisions?

    Kobi Leins     |      December 7, 2019

    A Federal Court ruling that the Australian government’s ‘Robodebt’ system is unlawful shines a much-needed light on what the law actually says.

  • Bleak economic prospects for the New Year

    Kate Newton     |      December 7, 2019

    Weak GDP growth and the US-China trade dispute remain prominent economic challenges for 2020 according to UNSW’s Professor Richard Holden.

  • More clouds could mean less rain in Australia

    Kim Reid     |      December 6, 2019

    A giant, continent-sized cloud that dumps rain from Broome to Hobart has increased in frequency over the past 33 years, but its impact may not be what you expect.

  • Celebrating citizen scientists

    Open Forum     |      December 6, 2019

    Academic journal rules are penalising citizen scientists and indigenous knowledge, according to a group of US and Australian scientists who want citizen scientists included as authors on journal papers.

  • Helping China chart a diplomatic course

    Allan Behm     |      December 6, 2019

    China’s international behaviour reflects its friendlessness. Like Russia it relies on bullying and bluster, subornation and subversion rather than negotiation and persuasion, and Australia can help it chart a more productive path.

  • Closing the IT gap for indigenous Australians

    Dion Devow     |      December 5, 2019

    Although information technology may still seem foreign to many Indigenous communities, embracing IT could help sustain, preserve and communicate tbe oldest living culture on earth.

  • A splash of green can banish the blues

    Kathleen Wolf     |      December 5, 2019

    Urban greening is emerging as a key part of the solution to some of our major health and environmental challenges.  Here are eight ways to bring a little bit of nature to our city lives.  

  • Cultural values and democracy

    Open Forum     |      December 5, 2019

    The relationship of cultural values and democracy is a ‘chicken and egg’ conundrum, does one rely on the other, or are they inter-dependent? New research on political trust may shed light on the answer.

  • Australian climate politics need an independent path

    Warren Brown     |      December 4, 2019

    The failure of Australia’s traditional political parties to act on the worsening climate crisis means that independent politicians must step up to force their hand in the Senate.

  • A win for free speech?

    Michael Douglas     |      December 4, 2019

    New proposals for media reforms will make it harder for people to successfully sue a news organisation for defamation.

  • Australia’s ageing population deserves a proper policy

    Ebony Stansfield     |      December 4, 2019

    Demographic change is projected to slow labour force growth, reducing national income and tax revenue, but this will only be a problem if policy makers ignore it.