• Society

    Life expectancy is starting to slide


    Open Forum |  January 22, 2021


    Life expectancy gain is slowing in Australia – and figures show these figures are already sliding backwards in both the US and UK – yet little is being done by policy makers to understand specific gender and inequity reasons why this slip is occurring.


  • Science and Technology

    How Silicon Valley elites view the world


    Open Forum |  January 22, 2021


    The 100 richest information technology entrepreneurs see the world in similar meritocratic, self-affirming and self-serving terms, according to an analysis of their own official and unofficial statements.


  • Business

    Bait and switch


    Craig Donaldson |  January 22, 2021


    New research has quantified the size of the gap between the forecast and actual earnings of start-ups presented by entrepreneurs to potential investors.


Latest Story

  • America’s back

    Scott Lucas     |      January 21, 2021

    After four years of Donald Trump’s chaotic, divisive and self-serving rule, Joe Biden has been sworn in as the new President of the United States with a strong appeal to unity, morality and common purpose.

  • Free speech and the internet

    Denis Muller     |      January 21, 2021

    While the media face some extremely difficult decisions in today’s operating environment, they do not need to burden themselves with the belief that every decision not to publish is the violation of an inviolable right.

  • Morrison drops the ball on banking reform

    Kevin Davis     |      January 21, 2021

    Almost two years on from the Banking Royal Commission, the government has yet to implement 44 of its recommendations and has firmly turned its back on five key reforms – including curbing irresponsible lending practices.

  • Solving the world’s problems requires collective courage

    William Cox     |      January 20, 2021

    A new year usually begins fresh with optimism and the idea that we can begin anew. Choosing a courageous mindset is an important part of maintaining the stamina to face the challenges ahead.

  • Black lives matter in Australia

    Ebony Stansfield     |      January 20, 2021

    Three prominent Indigenous women speak about one of the biggest social movements in the world and how it matters in Australia.

  • Less is more

    Mark Beeson     |      January 20, 2021

    Climate change is quickly spiralling out of control, and there is limited time left to dispel the threat. Jason Hickel’s new book offers a new solution which over turns decades of economic thought.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.