• Health

    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.


  • Science and Technology

    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.


  • Society

    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.


Latest Story

  • 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.

  • We can’t drought-proof Australia and it’s foolish to try

    Emma White     |      October 18, 2019

    The antiquated ideas about drought-proofing pushed by vote-seeking politicians promise much yet deliver little. Indeed, they distract attention and siphon funds from realistic solutions, or actually re-evaluating where and how we use our limited water resources.

  • Squaring the defence circle with tied hands

    Marcus Hellyer     |      October 18, 2019

    Defence’s worst kept secret is now officially public as Defence Minister Linda Reynolds revealed at last week’s Sea Power conference in Sydney that her Department is conducting a strategic review.

  • Secretive targets for CEO bonuses signal poor company performance

    Open Forum     |      October 18, 2019

    Investors should pay closer attention to the non-financial factors linked to CEO cash bonuses because targets that are not disclosed or left undefined in annual reports tend to flag poorer performance in the future.

  • Four questions the banks must answer

    Mark Humphery-Jenner     |      October 17, 2019

    The ACCC has inquired into mortgage rates before, but the banks didn’t offer the Commission all the information as it needed.  The questions must be tougher this time around and the big banks owe Australians some straight answers.   

  • Why this year’s Nobel Prize for Economics matters

    Gabriela D'Souza     |      October 17, 2019

    This year’s trio of winners – Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer received the Nobel Prize for “their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty” but their recognition is important in other ways too.

  • Unplugging the Chinese outrage machine

    Michael Shoebridge     |      October 17, 2019

    We must not allow the CCP to create a world beyond its borders in which we all feel compelled not to think – and so not to say – what Beijing doesn’t want to hear. And we need to see this paranoid CCP behaviour for what it is: weakness and anxiety masquerading as power.

  • Smoking is so yesterday

    Lynda Arbon     |      October 16, 2019

    Women face a number of additional medical issues if they smoke, and quitting is by far the single most effective step anyone can take to improve their health.

  • Understanding people is the key to complex problem solving

    Peter Fritz     |      October 16, 2019

    GAP’s Journal of Behavioural Economics and Social Systems (BESS) will play an important role in Australian public life by using insights from behavioural economics to promote successful policy implementation and enduring social change.

  • Teach kids to hike as well as basketball

    Vaughan Cruickshank     |      October 16, 2019

    Teaching children about the types of activities they’re more likely to do as they get older, as well as traditional school sports, could help Australians stay fitter in the future.