• Pacific

    Australia’s evolving guarantee to the South Pacific


    Graeme Dobell |  April 19, 2021


    Australia is strengthening its security guarantees to the Pacific in the light of Chinese expansion, but the region may be taking this protection for granted in terms of their own policies.


  • Health

    Australia’s five per day


    Open Forum |  April 19, 2021


    There were more than five drug-induced deaths per day in Australia in 2019, with an increase in deaths involving amphetamines and cocaine, according to a new report.


  • Environment

    The Earth’s vanishing wilderness


    Open Forum |  April 19, 2021


    Less than 3% of the Earth’s land surface can be considered ecologically intact, according to a new study published in Frontiers in Forests and Global Change.


Latest Story

  • Remembering Andrew Peacock

    Ian Hancock     |      April 18, 2021

    Andrew Peacock, one of Australia’s most urbane politicians, has died in the USA at the age of 82.

  • Can the Olympics go ahead?

    Open Forum     |      April 18, 2021

    Although vaccines are increasingly available, holding the Olympics postponed from last year might still be a step too far for Japan.

  • Farewell to a couple of great British icons

    Open Forum     |      April 18, 2021

    Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was carried to his final resting place by a bespoke Land Rover Defender TD5 130, partially designed by the duke himself.

  • Fighting the virus – and the President

    Emi Berry     |      April 17, 2021

    During the inaugural David Cooper Lecture, Dr Anthony Fauci shared fascinating insights into the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 80s, the global response to COVID-19 and the politics of anti-vaxxers.

  • Scroogled

    Katharine Kemp     |      April 17, 2021

    The current review of the Federal Privacy Act could be the beginning of a process to obtain fairer privacy practices for consumers, but any reforms from this review will be a long time coming.

  • Diving into the past

    Diane Nazaroff     |      April 17, 2021

    Divers in Sydney and the NSW North Coast are being asked to contribute their old and new diving photos, videos, observations and knowledge to a new UNSW Sydney research project.

  • Is the cure worse than the disease?

    Max Thomas     |      April 16, 2021

    The dangers of lead in the environment are well understood, but unleaded petrol can cause problems of its own.

  • Defence needs to rethink its disaster-relief strategy

    Matthew Page     |      April 15, 2021

    If the 2019–20 bushfire and cyclone seasons and Covid-19 are anything to go by, the Australian Defence Force is going to be central to many, if not all, of the government’s national disaster response and resilience policies.

  • No excuse for child abuse

    Open Forum     |      April 15, 2021

    A national survey began this week to find out for the first time how many Australians have experienced child abuse. 

  • The security implications of climate change

    Cheryl Durrant     |      April 14, 2021

    A new report from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute says the federal government has overlooked the national security threats of climate change.

  • National Careers Institute: Helping to shape future careers

    National Careers Institute     |      April 14, 2021

    This week’s guest blogger is the team at the National Careers Institute, which formally commenced in June 2020 as Australia’s front door to careers information and support.

  • Praising what is lost makes the remembrance dear

    David McInnis     |      April 14, 2021

    A new book explores the hundreds of plays known to Shakespeare’s original audiences that are now lost to us, and their value to early modern drama.