• Security

    Battle of the memes


    Tom Ascott |  February 25, 2020


    Hostile states such as Russia and China are consciously using ‘memes’ to amplify the loudest voices in democratic debates to deepen the divisions between us.


  • Infrastructure

    Rethink before rebuilding


    Open Forum |  February 25, 2020


    Suburban planning models are not suitable for bushland – so why would we continue to rebuild with them after the damage wrought by this summer’s devastating bushfires? 


  • Health

    The ramifications of Australia’s China travel ban


    Bryan Mercuri |  February 25, 2020


    Australia closed its borders to travelers from China at the start of February ‘to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the Australian community’ so it’s time to assess its impact on the export, education and tourism.


Latest Story

  • The car industry needs a change of gears

    Tim Harcourt     |      February 24, 2020

    The end of Holden should spur the remainder of the automotive industry to take radical steps to guarantee its future in Australia.

  • 3 million Australians live in poverty

    Belinda Henwood     |      February 24, 2020

    More than 3.24 million people in Australia, including 774,000 children, are living below the poverty line, but smart government action on income support, housing and employment could help them lift themselves towards prosperity.

  • A plan to save our oceans

    Open Forum     |      February 24, 2020

    Over a quarter of the Earth’s oceans need urgent conservation attention to preserve marine biodiversity, a University of Queensland-led international study has found.

  • A better future for our children

    Open Forum     |      February 23, 2020

    As climate and commercial threats intensify, a major new report calls for a new global movement to reduce CO2 emissions, achieve sustainable development, regulate commercial marketing and improve policy and investment for children’s rights and health.

  • Holden on to history

    Alistair Thomson     |      February 23, 2020

    Like a beloved relative who dies after a long illness, Holden’s decision to leave Australia wasn’t surprising – but it is a cause for sadness, and an opportunity to look back on what’s been lost.

  • Australia’s long history of Asian engagement

    Tim Harcourt     |      February 23, 2020

    The need to engage with Asia has been a major issue of 21st century Australian politics, but the roots of this debate go much deeper into Australia’s past and have been shaped by a succession of prime ministers from all parties.

  • Arvanitakis on American politics: Can the Democrats win?

    James Arvanitakis     |      February 22, 2020

    The turbulent Democrat primary process has revealed a party at war with itself over its own identity. The winner – whoever it may be – will face a tough struggle to unite the party for the battle that counts against Donald Trump this November.

  • Fighting weight gain after breast cancer

    Carolyn Ee     |      February 22, 2020

    Cancer often causes sharp declines in weight, but after a diagnosis of breast cancer, weight gain in some women can cause further problems over time.

  • Elite private boys schools in crisis

    George Variyan     |      February 22, 2020

    The crisis facing St. Kevin’s College should prompt a public rethink over the culture of private school education, and its wider social consequences.

  • Australian housing needs a shake-up

    Hal Pawson     |      February 21, 2020

    Millions of Australians are struggling with unaffordable housing. It’s a systemic problem that’s been decades in the making, and only concerted system-wide reforms will fix it.

  • Should central banks tackle climate change?

    Dawn Lo     |      February 21, 2020

    A UNSW expert on global finance says climate change could result in substantial economic loss if central banks don’t take action.

  • If you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail

    Stephan Fruhling     |      February 21, 2020

    Australia must invest in a range of industrial, logistical and military capabilities to improve its war fighting capability and deter Chinese aggression.