• Politics and Policy

    Trumpism down-under


    Mark Kenny |  January 19, 2021


    Australians followed the 2020 presidential race in the United States with greater-than-usual interest, but the spectacle might herald a plausible descent for Australia’s politics, too.


  • Coronavirus

    Lessons learned from the plague year


    Connor Bamford |  January 19, 2021


    A year on, the COVID pandemic has proved the value of science and the importance of social solidarity in the face of a common threat.


  • Media

    Images and distorted facts


    Mark Pearson |  January 19, 2021


    We live in a dangerous age where the internet makes it possible to spread misinformation far and wide and many people lack the skills to discern fact from fiction. Here are five ways for us all to improve our media literacy and fact-checking skills.


Latest Story

  • The GAP Summit on Australian resilience

    Open Forum     |      January 18, 2021

    The final report from ‘A Vision for Australia 2020’ GAP Summit, released today, examines the issues of national resilience and ways to safeguard Australia against future threats.

  • There’s no room for regret

    Victoria Tichá     |      January 18, 2021

    New research shows people are often influenced by their beliefs and predictions about the likelihood of others’ actions, and less so by the anticipation of regret.

  • Indulgence, injustice, and the book of fine scrapes

    Mark Nicol     |      January 18, 2021

    The New Year can be a time to remember the past as well as look forward to the future, and Open Forum regular Mark Nicol reflects on a boy’s night out before the age of masks and social distancing.

  • Vaccinating against misinformation

    Australian Academy of Science     |      January 17, 2021

    Australia’s top scientists urge Australians to continue to consult reputable sources of evidence-based information about COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Strengthening Australia’s cyber-defences

    Open Forum     |      January 17, 2021

    After China launched a series of cyber-attacks on Australian targets and Russia established a beachhead in some Australian networks, the Australian government stands at a crossroads in terms of cyber-security.

  • Europe after Trump

    Colin Chapman     |      January 17, 2021

    Decision makers and opinion formers in Europe viewed the Trump presidency with increasing apprehension and disquiet, but problems and issues will remain long after Biden takes office.

  • US Strategy in the Asian century

    John West     |      January 16, 2021

    The United States is a country that has lost its way in the emerging Asian Century. The new administration will face some daunting challenges in developing an effective strategy for the Asian Century.

  • Red herrings

    Caroline Tang     |      January 16, 2021

    Partially protected marine areas create confusion and don’t meet their broad conservation objectives, UNSW researchers have found.

  • Australia’s rising star in space

    Malcolm Davis     |      January 16, 2021

    Australia is one of eight nations to commit to the Artemis Accords, an agreement setting out principles for cooperation in civil exploration and peaceful use of the moon, Mars, near-earth comets and asteroids.

  • Shaping the America that Australia needs

    Peter Jennings     |      January 15, 2021

    Australia will need to court America’s support to resist an ever more aggressive China, and so good relations must be forged with Joe Biden’s new administration.

  • Food delivery services need a regulation overhaul

    Ebony Stansfield     |      January 15, 2021

    Governments are scared of appearing business ‘unfriendly’ if they intervene in the gig economy and big companies are using this to their advantage, say experts at UNSW Sydney.

  • China’s COVID origins cover-up

    Open Forum     |      January 15, 2021

    The Chinese Communist Party continues to resist attempts to investigate the origins of COVID-19 and persecute citizens who told the truth about it, while pushing falsehoods through its worldwide media machine.