• Human Interest

    Embracing the new normal


    Terry Bowles |  May 27, 2020


    COVID-19 restrictions have gone on long enough to establish new habits. So what do we want to keep doing and stop doing, both individually and as a community?


  • Cybersecurity

    Protecting anonymous data


    Jessica Clarence |  May 27, 2020


    The concerns raised by the COVIDSafe app suggest that Australians care a lot about privacy, at least when information to be held by the government is involved. Let’s turn that passion into action, starting with bolstering the privacy protections on large datasets.


  • Coronavirus

    Could wealth hidden in tax havens help pay for COVID-19?


    Rodney Brown |  May 27, 2020


    Late last month, Denmark, France and Poland banned companies registered in tax havens from receiving government COVID-19 bailouts. Should Australia do the same?


Latest Story

  • Facing up to facial recognition

    Niels Wouters     |      May 26, 2020

    Facial recognition technology is one tool in the fight against COVID-19, but once the pandemic ends, is surveillance tech going to entrench itself in our society?

  • Life expectancy stalls as inequality widens

    Open Forum     |      May 26, 2020

    Growing socioeconomic and geographical inequalities are contributing to a stagnation of Australian life expectancy, new research published in Australian Population Studies shows.

  • Epigenetics holds the key to new blood treatments

    Open Forum     |      May 26, 2020

    New research into epigenetics will help scientists investigate new treatments for blood disorders.

  • Could treaties help close the political gap in Indigenous health?

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      May 25, 2020

    New Zealand’s Treaty of Waitangi shows the potential such agreements might hold for health and other issues in Australia.

  • Reconstructing pharmaceutical chains after COVID-19

    Raghbendra Jha     |      May 25, 2020

    India’s pharmaceutical industry is set to benefit as the world looks to diversify the global supply chain away from China.

  • Turning down the gas?

    Peter Farley     |      May 25, 2020

    The evidence strongly suggests a significant decline in natural gas usage in Australia despite reports of increased government funding for gas. 

  • How will the arts recover from COVID-19?

    Paul Rae     |      May 24, 2020

    Working with the limitations and opportunities of online interfaces, artists whose careers survive the pandemic will emerge with an altered sense of what they do, and of their place in society.

  • Time for a universal basic income?

    Anne Décobert     |      May 24, 2020

    The socio-economic crisis brought about by COVID-19 reveals cracks in existing social welfare systems and the need for radical transformation.

  • COVID-19 makes waves for international shipping

    Sam Bateman     |      May 24, 2020

    The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the cruise ship industry has attracted much attention in recent weeks. But the associated global economic slowdown means that the impact of the crisis on other parts of international shipping will be even more severe.

  • Volunteers nurture resilient, strong and connected communities

    Rebekah Grace     |      May 23, 2020

    Volunteers make an enormous contribution to Australian society, but the coronavirus has created new challenges for individuals and organisations alike.

  • Back to school – for now

    Neil Selwyn     |      May 23, 2020

    As many families and schools look forward to returning to face-to-face teaching, we need to take stock and prepare ourselves for the possibility of further bouts of remote home schooling.

  • Can a vaccine be found against COVID-19?

    Open Forum     |      May 23, 2020

    As COVID-19 restrictions ease, medical scientists across the globe are searching for potential vaccines against the deadly virus, but there’s no certainty that one will ever be found, and if one is, it may not happen quickly.