• International

    An Australian in Albania


    Sophie Mayo |  October 23, 2019


    In July of 2019, GAP Intern Sophie Mayo was lucky enough to travel to Albania in Southern Europe for a summer holiday experience slightly off the beaten track.  Albania certainly delivered on her expectations and in this article she reflects on her experiences in the Balkan state.


  • Environment

    Managing the hidden water beneath our feet


    Rebecca Nelson |  October 23, 2019


    Decision-makers have significant discretion when it comes to regulating groundwater, but there is too little transparency about how it is used and its effect on the local environment.


  • Infrastructure

    Bigger on the inside?


    Open Forum |  October 23, 2019


    Could Australia’s housing crisis be solved, not with a bold expensive plan, but with sneaky, under-the-radar remedies? Architectural researcher Alysia Bennett has been working on some strategies she thinks might work.


Latest Story

  • Fuel for thought

    John Quiggin     |      October 22, 2019

    In news that will surprise nobody stuck behind a huge 4×4 or smoke belching diesel, emissions from Australia’s traffic continue to climb, despite optimistic claims to the contrary.

  • The airport border ‘crisis’ is a symptom of management failure

    Daniel Ghezelbash     |      October 22, 2019

    From high staff turn-overs to filling the appeals tribunal with political allies, the Home Affairs department needs to get a grip on Australia’s airport immigration problem.

  • Defending Australia in an age of strategic disruption

    Paul Dibb     |      October 22, 2019

    The threat to Australia is real and increasing, for the first time since the Second World War.
    The ADF must increase its readiness for conflict, with more training, higher stocks of munitions and protected operational bases in the north.

  • DFAT’s budget squeeze damages Australian interests

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      October 21, 2019

    Diplomacy could help to create a more favourable world for Australia’s interests, but cuts to DFAT’s budget are hampering its reach at a time when it’s needed more than ever.

  • Engineering consent

    Samantha Hoffman     |      October 21, 2019

    The Chinese Communist Party’s coercive and invasive technologies for monitoring public behaviour are being picked up by other authoritarian states around the world.

  • Rebooting Australia’s defence industry policy

    David Harvey     |      October 21, 2019

    Policymakers must seize the opportunity to develop a proper defence industry strategy that will boost Australia’s military capability as well as its economy as the strategic outlook continues to darken.

  • The business reality of baby dreams

    Catherine Waldby     |      October 20, 2019

    The best way to decommodify the booming trade in human eggs would be social policy that encourages women who want children to conceive before their fertility declines.

  • Meet the man who built a new field of chemistry

    Daryl Holland     |      October 20, 2019

    Back in the 1990s, Professor Richard Robson created a new class of coordination polymers, and his models have since inspired an entirely new field of chemistry with a host of practical applications.

  • Snapchat – The killer app on our roads?

    Open Forum     |      October 20, 2019

    Snapchat has emerged as a surprise threat to Queensland drivers, with a new QUT study showing that one in six young drivers use the wildly popular social media app while behind the wheel.

  • Arvanitakis on American politics: The Trump revolution without Trump

    James Arvanitakis     |      October 19, 2019

    Unless America’s political establishment reconnects with a large, disillusioned swathe of middle class voters, the resentment harnessed by Donald Trump will continue to seethe long after the current Administration is consigned to history.

  • Let’s use our nature strips for nature

    Adrian Marshall     |      October 19, 2019

    Given that more than a third of our public green space is nature strip, many small actions of residents by planting and caring for appropriate trees can add up to substantial positive change for wildlife and the human environment.

  • Mapping lost childhoods to find your way home

    Kirsten Wright     |      October 19, 2019

    A new interactive online map of Australian care homes is helping those who grew up in care track down the institutions they stayed in.