• Society

    Behavioural economics in times of uncertainty


    Peter Fritz |  July 15, 2020


    The new edition of the Journal of Behavioural Economics and Social Systems explores the potential of Second Track processes to tackle wicked problems by focusing on several specific examples, from mergers and acquisitions, responses to the pandemic and university-industry collaborations to Pacific development, disruptive technologies and workforce transformation.


  • Science and Technology

    Smart solutions need the human touch


    Open Forum |  July 15, 2020


    A lot of supposedly ‘smart’ software doesn’t take human needs into account, or is designed to fit commercial imperatives rather than empower consumer choices.


  • Environment

    Putting the environment first


    Ian Dunlop |  July 15, 2020


    The ongoing independent review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act offers Australia an opportunity to reset the dial and prioritise environmental custodianship over profit-led destruction.


Latest Story

  • Two leaders with the right stuff

    Ian Munro     |      July 14, 2020

    Gladys Berejiklian and Sally Capp, the winners of the 2019 McKinnon Political Prize for Political Leadership, have successfully mixed strength with empathy in recent years.

  • Cutting food waste – through social media

    Open Forum     |      July 14, 2020

    Australians who have been economically impacted by COVID-19 are doing it tough. The bills keep coming in and the family still needs to be fed. Yet the average Australian family continues to waste around $3,000 per year on food that isn’t being eaten.

  • Saving Melbourne’s small businesses 

    John Vaz     |      July 14, 2020

    Six more weeks of lockdown for Melbourne’s five million residents will kill off many small and medium-sized businesses unless there are critical changes to federal and state government assistance policies.

  • When childcare meets aged care

    Open Forum     |      July 13, 2020

    While our oldest and youngest generations may seem worlds apart, a new ageing well initiative will bring them together in an innovative intergenerational education and development program.

  • The 20 minute neighbourhood

    Ben Knight     |      July 13, 2020

    Allowing people to work, live and play within 20 minutes’ reach of their own homes is the new gold standard for urban planning.

  • Millennial bugs?

    Steven Roberts     |      July 13, 2020

    Blaming millennials for spreading COVID-19 fails to see the bigger picture.

  • Is cancel culture stifling open debate?

    Hugh Breakey     |      July 12, 2020

    150 high-profile authors, commentators and scholars have signed an open letter in Harper’s magazine claiming that “open debate and toleration of differences” are under attack.by a new ‘cancel culture’ dominated by dogma, coercion and ideological conformity.

  • China is busy making enemies

    Michael Shoebridge     |      July 12, 2020

    From the warm waters of the South China Sea, to the snows of the Himalayas and the streets of Hong Kong, China’s relentless bullying of its neighbours is turning the international community against it.

  • Australia’s SMEs need a national cyber resilience strategy

    Alison Howe     |      July 12, 2020

    Improving the cyber resilience of thousands of small businesses would help strengthen the nation against serious cyber threats.

  • Arvanitakis on American politics: How changing demographics are reshaping American politics

    James Arvanitakis     |      July 11, 2020

    After one of the most traumatic years in American political history, less heralded, but still highly significant shifts in the demographic make-up of the United States are set to have a crucial influence on the outcome of November’s election.

  • Does Australia need an elimination strategy?

    Michelle Grattan     |      July 11, 2020

    A number of states have essentially eliminated COVID-19 through tough border policies, should Australia as a nation do the same?

  • In praise of vitamin K

    Doug Fenwick     |      July 11, 2020

    How many of you can “plank” for over an hour? Octogenarian Doug Fenwick can, and he puts his recovery from serious illness and current remarkable fitness down to Vitamin K.