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  • Home solar panels help you and the environment

    Robert Lawler     |      January 22, 2020

    The sustainable energy movement has hit its stride in the past 10 years, and while installing solar panels on your home won’t solve global energy problems, it will be one small step along the way.

  • Mike Baird: The value of authenticity

    Andrew Trounson     |      January 22, 2020

    The McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership recognises those who’ve driven change though visionary leadership. Former NSW premier Mike Baird says leaders need a broad vision that gets people off the couch and cabinet ministers out of their chairs.

  • Australia must adapt to a new climate reality

    Mike Scrafton     |      January 22, 2020

    Dealing with the impacts of global warming must not become sidelined by narrowly defining it as a national security issue. Nibbling at the edges of the global warming phenomenon will not suffice.

  • Remembering Australia’s first female ‘undercover’ journalist

    Kerrie Davies     |      January 22, 2020

    A passionate crusader for the rights of women and children, Catherine Hay Thomson went undercover to investigate their treatment in public institutions and testified before a Royal Commission.

  • Ourselves, alone

    Hugh White     |      January 21, 2020

    Many people believe that Australia would never need to defend itself unaided, however the reality is that we must depend on our own resources to ensure our own defence.

  • Rethinking interactions with mental health patients

    Open Forum     |      January 21, 2020

    New research overturns the belief that people with severe mental illness are incapable of effective communication with their psychiatrist, and are able to work together with them to achieve better outcomes for themselves.

  • Avoiding the “insect apocalypse”

    Open Forum     |      January 21, 2020

    Claims last year that we were in the midst of an ‘insect apocalypse’ may have been overblown, but international researchers – including some from New Zealand and Australia – say there is still cause for concern.

  • Automation bites at unskilled jobs

    Richard Holden     |      January 20, 2020

    Technological change has always destroyed jobs. But now automation and artificial intelligence are drying up the options for anyone without specialised skills.

  • Redesigning Centennial Park to care for Australia’s endangered animals

    Heidi Harrington Johnson     |      January 20, 2020

    A UNSW studio led by renowned landscape architect Professor Richard Weller has suggested a unique way to protect our threatened species.

  • The myths of Australia’s role in East Timorese independence

    John McCarthy     |      January 20, 2020

    Twenty years after the ballot in which the East Timorese decided their future, it’s time to reflect on Australia’s East Timor legend.

  • Under the telescope

    Clare Kenyon     |      January 19, 2020

    The 2020s will see the use of increasingly complex technology on Earth and in space to ramp up our understanding of the Universe.

  • The fires demand a strategic response to climate change

    Michael Thomas     |      January 19, 2020

    The bushfires which swept across Eastern Australia offered a glimpse of a dystopian future and demand a strategic response from the Federal government.