• Infrastructure

    Lost in transit


    Nerissa Hannink |  August 26, 2019


    Australian cities have seen a considerable increase in the work commute since 2002, but the 2019 HILDA survey suggests we have finally reached peak travel times.


  • Culture

    Joining the dots


    Open Forum |  August 26, 2019


    The ‘key player’ concept devised by Professor Yves Zenou offers a window into how social networks influence behaviour.


  • Security

    The hard edge of soft power


    Dom Dwyer |  August 26, 2019


    The original Colombo Plan gave students from Asia and the Pacific a chance to study in Australia, and now a New Colombo Plan is sending Australians abroad to learn from our regional neighbours.


Latest Story

  • The perils of facial recognition technology

    Birgit Schippers     |      August 25, 2019

    Activists, politicians, academics and even police forces are expressing serious concerns over the impact facial recognition could have on a political culture based on rights and democracy.

  • Addressing housing for older people

    Wendy Stone     |      August 25, 2019

    Australia faces a massive challenge delivering suitable housing for an ageing population, but what do older Australians actually want from their housing. And what can be done to ensure future supply matches demand?

  • More arms won’t win the political war

    Tom Uren     |      August 25, 2019

    By failing to be forthcoming and transparent about foreign disinformation campaigns, the Australian government is effectively ceding the ‘high ground’ of political warfare to our ideological adversaries.

  • Cutting health costs through better prosthesis

    Stephen Duckett     |      August 24, 2019

    Health insurance costs are rising and the price of prostheses such as hip replacements are partly to blame. Fortunately there is a way to rein in costs – and give patients more choice and better devices.

  • Aid must cover more than infrastructure

    Terence Wood     |      August 24, 2019

    Improving Pacific infrastructure will help the region’s development, but a wider range of aid is required to help Pacific islands make the most of their potential.

  • Maximising the economic benefit of Australia’s defence projects

    Marcus Hellyer     |      August 24, 2019

    The Department of Defence needs to ensure that current and future megaprojects actively foster Australian innovation and maximise local industry involvement in areas of high economic value.

  • Paternal perceptions

    Alistair Thomson     |      August 23, 2019

    New research is examining the evolution of Australian fatherhood and family responsibilities over the past 100 years.

  • Hong Kong: The canary in the coal mine

    Brendan Clift     |      August 23, 2019

    Hong Kong continues to be wracked by civil unrest as its people protest against Chinese oppression. How did it come to this, what does it signal, and where is it likely to end?

  • That Instagram post may cost you more than you think

    Chris Culnane     |      August 23, 2019

    We don’t really know how social media posts are being used or evaluated by banks. We need greater transparency around exactly how our data will be used and the ability to challenge decisions.

  • Improving the finance sector for all Australians

    Chris Culnane     |      August 22, 2019

    Trust in our financial services has been shaken by scandals, but in a new white paper, FinFuture, researchers show how the system can be reformed to protect citizen’s financial well-being.

  • Heads up – Skateboards are more dangerous than rugby

    Open Forum     |      August 22, 2019

    An Australian/ New Zealand study examining childhood head injuries has found that children who do recreational sports like horse riding and skate boarding are more at risk than kids playing contact sports like AFL or rugby.

  • Twitter and Facebook counter China’s information onslaught

    Jake Wallis     |      August 22, 2019

    The bans on Chinese propaganda accounts by Twitter and Facebook highlights how the Chinese government uses media power to shape the narrative and project its own interests.