• Education

    Arvanitakis and Winchester on education: Reflecting on graduate attributes

    James Arvanitakis |  September 18, 2021

    There are five attributes which need to be embraced by students and understood by employers which meet the tertiary sector’s twin objectives of economic progress and citizenship.

  • Environment

    NSW’s war on wildlife

    Euan Ritchie |  September 18, 2021

    A new code which allows rural landholders in NSW to clear up to 25 metres of land outside their property boundary will be devastating for the wildlife that live or migrate there.

  • Society

    Coping with uncertainty

    Sarah Wayland |  September 15, 2021

    COVID-19, and the measures taken to contain it, have overturned many social norms and there remains great uncertainty over the impact of opening up.

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  • The evolving landscape of scientific publishing 

    Oula Ghannoum     |      September 17, 2021

    The future of science research publishing will be shaped by the need for young researchers to freely share data and work more collaboratively than ever before.

  • The AUKUS nuclear submarine deal shows we’re serious about China

    Michael Shoebridge     |      September 17, 2021

    The embrace of nuclear hunter-killer submarines and the new AUKUS partnership are a recognition of the fact that the threat we face from China is equally long-term. Changes of tone or shrewd diplomacy won’t deter aggression, but strong alliances and modern equipment just might.

  • Holidays from nothing

    Monica Thielking     |      September 16, 2021

    Children in New South Wales are facing two weeks of ‘holidays’ from online learning. The best way to help them enjoy it might be to do nothing at all.

  • Australia needs a diaspora census

    Stewart Nixon     |      September 16, 2021

    Developing a census-equivalent for the Australian diaspora would help reinforce inclusive citizenship and provide a vital input to future diaspora engagement policies.

  • Reopening to the world beyond COVID

    Michael Shoebridge     |      September 16, 2021

    Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Peter Dutton’s flight path on the way to Washington for the annual AUSMIN meeting with their American counterparts provides an insight into Australia’s policy directions and relationships as we look to open up to the world over 2022.

  • Sydney risks a spike if it opens too quickly

    Raina MacIntyre     |      September 15, 2021

    Balancing the threat to health posed by COVID and the need to re-open a largely vaccinated society is a difficult choice, but new modelling suggests a heavy price will be paid if New South Wales opens too quickly.

  • Revitalising Australian democracy

    Tom Gerald Daly     |      September 15, 2021

    Today’s “International Day of Democracy” and Joe Biden’s forthcoming Summit for Democracy should prompt a greater focus on renewing Australia’s democratic system.

  • Why a super tax isn’t a great idea

    Richard Holden     |      September 15, 2021

    Taxing the “super profits’ made by large companies sounds like a a good idea, but it’s hard to get right and there might be better ways to get more company tax into the public coffers.

  • When two hearts beat as one

    Open Forum     |      September 15, 2021

    People unconsciously synchronize bodily functions like heartbeat and breathing when they share an experience, such as a live performance or a personal conversation, according to new research.

  • Beijing’s boomerang ban on Australian coal

    David Uren     |      September 15, 2021

    The Chinese Communist Party’s use of economic muscle to bully other nations into political acquiescence is backfiring when it comes to China’s de-facto ban on imports of Australian coal.

  • Australian sovereignty requires new thinking on investment and trade

    Gillian Savage     |      September 14, 2021

    Economic policy should be positioned alongside security, sovereignty and resilience through a more holistic nation-building agenda that invests in what we’re good at, values what we have and builds the future we want.

  • The new argonauts

    Open Forum     |      September 14, 2021

    Named after the boat which Greek mythological hero Jason travelled on in search of the golden fleece, a new generation of Argo floats loaded with high-tech equipment are measuring ocean temperatures to depths of 2000 metres.