• Culture

    A toast to Pyrrho’s Hog


    Matthew Sharpe |  July 15, 2024


    Montaigne was the first essayist, and perhaps the first modern philosopher, who used the different schools of post-platonic Greek thought to turn the lens of philosophy not on the world, but on himself.


  • China

    Facing China together


    Andrew Forrest |  July 15, 2024


    Australia’s leaders must be clear about the threat which an aggressive authoritarian China poses to the world, and the need for resolve in defending our freedom.


  • Society

    In praise of Stephen King


    Hannah Murray |  July 15, 2024


    Stephen King has been pumping out horror fiction for over half a century, but Carrie, Pennywise and The Stand endure because his stories are grounded in an authentic depiction of modern suburbia.


Latest Story

  • Closing time

    Katie Miller     |      July 14, 2024

    Australian firms are going out of business at a rapid rate in a difficult economic environment.

  • Chatbots and kids

    Open Forum     |      July 14, 2024

    A new study proposes a framework for “Child Safe AI” following a string of recent incidents which have raised concerns about their interactions.

  • Australia’s economy strategy in Southeast Asia

    Teck Chi Wong     |      July 14, 2024

    Economic engagement was a key focus at the 2024 ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, and there has been some serious money being put on the table by the Australian Government to help “derisk” private sector investment in Southeast Asia.

  • The well of loneliness

    Carol Lefevre     |      July 13, 2024

    Loneliness is more than solitude, indeed we can be lonely surrounded by other people and feel lonelier than ever, but it can be a source of mental strength and creative inspiration as well as crushing psychological distress.

  • Enforcing foreign investment rules

    David Uren     |      July 13, 2024

    Treasury has stepped up enforcement of Australia’s foreign investment regime to find the right balance between protecting national interests and encouraging investment inflows.

  • Dialogue may not avert disaster

    Joe Keary     |      July 13, 2024

    China and Australia agreed last month to set up a new maritime affairs dialogue, but this is unlikely to lead to a reduction in the frequency of unsafe behaviour by the Chinese armed forces.

  • Australia’s anti-semitism envoy

    Dan Goodhardt     |      July 12, 2024

    The Albanese government has named Jewish lawyer and businesswoman Jillian Segal as the county’s first antisemitism special envoy.

  • Philanthropy can help Australia meet land protection targets

    James Fitzsimons     |      July 12, 2024

    Australia aims to protect 30 percent of its landscapes by 2030 and harnessing the power of philanthropy through government fund-matching initiatives could help achieve this ambitious target.

  • With a little help from our friends

    Theo Mendez     |      July 12, 2024

    The Albanese government wants Australia to revitalise the manufacturing sector, but that won’t be possible without closer cooperation with our trading partners, not least South Korea.

  • The myth of nuclear reliability

    Peter Farley     |      July 11, 2024

    International experience suggests that Peter Dutton’s ambition to build nuclear reactors in Australia to guarantee electricity supplies may not be the best course for the future.

  • Fixing the Pacific’s debanking crisis

    Louis de Koker     |      July 11, 2024

    The withdrawal of major banks from Pacific islands poses significant socio-economic risks to the region, prompting intervention by Australia, the US and New Zealand.

  • Digging deep into soil biology

    Open Forum     |      July 11, 2024

    Researchers in South Australia are digging deep into history of soil biology in the state to gain a better understanding of how the soil microbiome functions to ensure sustainable broadacre farming into the future.