• Science and Technology

    US–China tech rivalry reflects contrasting cyber cultures


    Katherine Mansted |  May 25, 2019


    Whether technology has ‘good’ or ‘bad’ effects can depend on the social and political context it came from, and American and Chinese tech companies have very different roots in their societies.


  • Politics and Policy

    What next for Scott Morrison?


    Open Forum |  May 25, 2019


    Political science and election history offer some clues as to why the pundits failed on election night and Scott Morrison inched towards a famous victory, but what – if anything – will he do with power now?


  • Politics and Policy

    What next for Labor?


    Michelle Grattan |  May 25, 2019


    Anthony Albanese will face some tricky choices given the need to redouble Labor’s appeal to middle class suburbia while keeping left wing and progressive activists on board.


Latest Story

  • A chance to even the odds

    Megan O’Connell     |      May 24, 2019

    A child’s destiny is heavily influenced by the lottery of socio-economic status and where they happen to grow up, but access to quality early learning can help even the odds for all Australian children.

  • Voter aspiration powered the Coalition victory

    Mark Triffitt     |      May 24, 2019

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s message of aspirational individualism resonated with voters, leaving the polls behind and leaving Labor contemplating a reshaped agenda.

  • Mending the opinion polls

    Adrian Barnett     |      May 24, 2019

    Election opinion polls are like penalty shoot-outs at a World Cup final: there’s huge pressure to get it right and we remember the big misses most of all. Better opinions polls are more expensive, because pollsters must make more effort to get a representative and honest sample of voters, but it’s a price worth paying in the future.

  • 3 lessons from behavioural economics which Labor forgot

    Tracey West     |      May 23, 2019

    Labor’s extensive policy platform was bold but its leaders overlooked some fundamental principles of behavioural economics in trying to sell it to the voters.

  • The battlefield is no place for soldiers

    Solomon Birch     |      May 23, 2019

    Automation and artificial intelligence may replace humans in a host of current industries and perhaps in the oldest profession of all – the warrior on the battlefield.

  • Understanding #Quexit

    Anne Tiernan     |      May 23, 2019

    Progressive voices have lit up social media with memes blaming Queensland for Labor’s loss in the federal election, but condemning the state as regressive and redneck does nothing to understand voters’ motivations.

  • Early childhood education is everybody’s business

    Tricia Eadie     |      May 22, 2019

    The first five years of life are the most critical for building the foundations for life-long learning, well-being, and health. It is therefore critical we have policy reform and investment in quality early childhood education.

  • Australia should stop bolstering China’s military

    Alex Joske     |      May 22, 2019

    A clear statement that Australia will not increase the war fighting capability of the Chinese military would be common sense and offer a guiding principle for future decision-making.

  • Tackling the threat of invasive species

    Linda Broadhurst     |      May 22, 2019

    The threat posed by invasive species is often overlooked amid worries over land clearing and climate change, but tackling alien plants and animals which crowd out native species is vital to the future of Australia’s fragile ecosystems.

  • Girls and boys

    Sherine Al Shallah     |      May 21, 2019

    Society’s attitudes to gender stereotypes can prompt some tricky questions for children and parents alike.

  • Fresh blood and new challenges for Labor and the Coalition

    Michelle Grattan     |      May 21, 2019

    Should Labor jump to a generation when it chooses its new leader – and should Scott Morrison steal some Shorten policies to broaden his agenda in government?

  • Hail, the President of Parliament

    Graeme Dobell     |      May 21, 2019

    Australia’s Prime Minister won re-election with a Presidential approach, but he will still have to negotiate a careful path in power given his razor thin margin of victory.