• Economy

    The straight road to economic success


    Richard Holden |  November 18, 2019


    Australia’s faith in market outcomes and a strong social safety set have delivered a robust society and strong economy for the last 30 years.  


  • Infrastructure

    A tale of ghost cities in Australia and China


    Ben Knight |  November 18, 2019


    While the ‘ghost cities’ in China are unlikely to occur in Australia, some worrying trends in this country should guard against complacency.


  • Health

    Closing the gap in blindness


    Hugh Taylor |  November 18, 2019


    While the roadmap to “Close the Gap for Vision” is working to improve the eye health of Indigenous Australians, there are still areas that need greater attention.


Latest Story

  • A difference of degrees: the looming climate catastrophe

    Robert Glasser     |      November 18, 2019

    It is becoming increasingly clear that we have greatly underestimated the impacts of climate change and Australia and other nations must rapidly scale up their commitments under the Paris agreement to make a difference while we still can.

  • Modelling a future powered by sustainable energy

    Open Forum     |      November 18, 2019

    University of Adelaide economists have modelled the transition from a world powered by fossil fuels to one in which sustainable sources supply all our energy needs.

  • Warming microbes may shrink Southern Ocean carbon sink

    Open Forum     |      November 18, 2019

    The amount of carbon locked away in the depths of the Southern Ocean could fall by almost 20 per cent by 2100 as warming waters lead to increased microbial activity, according to new IMAS research.

  • Ocean heatwave cuts dolphin numbers

    Open Forum     |      November 18, 2019

    Dolphin survival rates in the iconic population in Shark Bay in Western Australia have dropped by 12 per cent since the 2011 marine heatwave affecting around 1,000km of the state’s coastline.

  • Earthquake triggers urgent call to review sea level predictions

    Open Forum     |      November 18, 2019

    Major earthquakes can cause land to sink and sea level to rise at a pace greater than the threat of climate-related rise, and may continue for decades after, new research reveals.

  • Climate change is scarring coastal habitats

    Open Forum     |      November 18, 2019

    Extreme climate events are exacerbating the impact of climate change in Australian marine ecosystems causing, in some cases, irreversible change underscoring the importance of adaptation and innovative solutions in the marine environment. Researchers at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, have for the first-time collated published works by leading researchers of climate impacts around the whole […]

  • Unlocking the school gates

    Kate de Bruin     |      November 17, 2019

    Some schools still discourage, limit or even refuse to accept children with special needs, despite a legal obligation to do so.

  • Physician, heal thyself

    Ian Harris     |      November 17, 2019

    Professional societies of doctors, surgeons or physiotherapists are more likely to recommend against treatments provided by others, according to new research.

  • Ice, ice, baby

    John Coyne     |      November 17, 2019

    Despite some high profile drug-busts, the quantity of methamphetamine (ice) that Australians consume continues to rise.

  • Reframing ‘Australian ugliness’

    Derham Groves     |      November 16, 2019

    This year marks the centenary of architect Robin Boyd’s birth. He was well-known for his scathing assessment of Australian popular architecture and design, but did Boyd eventually change his mind?

  • Saving the climate – and tourist jobs

    Open Forum     |      November 16, 2019

    Systems thinking can help climate change decision-makers identify and test adaptation measures that will benefit tourism, local communities and the natural environment.

  • Putin’s ‘new generation’ war on the west

    Connor Dilleen     |      November 16, 2019

    Russia may be in decline, but its aggressive doctrine of strategic relativism means it intends to take much of the rest of the world with it.