• Support grieving mums too this Mother’s Day

    Open Forum     |      May 13, 2018

    As mothers around Australia celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday we should also remember those who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss.

  • A flood of questions after Hobart’s rainstorm

    Open Forum     |      May 13, 2018

    Heavy rain and floods in Hobart have prompted comment from a range of experts, from the increasing likelihood of serious weather events due to ongoing climate change to the need for caution while driving and the toll such natural disasters can take on long term mental health. 

  • The high climate cost of our growing wanderlust

    Open Forum     |      May 9, 2018

    As countries grow in prosperity, ever more people are taking the opportunity to travel the world. However, our journeys to the world’s most beautiful places today may threaten their future tomorrow.

  • Good in parts – Science and the Federal Budget

    Open Forum     |      May 9, 2018

    Australian academics and scientists analyse the budget’s impact on research, health, infrastructure, education and the environment.

  • Australia to fund internet cable to PNG and Solomons

    Open Forum     |      May 7, 2018

    Australia has pledged to cover two thirds of the $200 million cost of a new high-speed internet cable for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands but concerns have been raised about its impact on the existing aid budget.

  • Consumers can change the recycling story

    Open Forum     |      May 4, 2018

    It is hard to know who is really making a difference in the war on waste but QUT Business School Associate Professor Gary Mortimer believes that consumers have the power to drive change if they want to.

  • Migration continues to reshape Australia

    Open Forum     |      May 1, 2018

    Population growth and distribution affect most areas of public policy and a new Treasury paper examines the benefits that skilled migration brings to Australia, while also accepting its challenges.

  • Australia embraces organic food

    Open Forum     |      May 1, 2018

    New findings released by Australian Organic, the organic industry’s leading body, show an uptake in household food shopping allocated to organic produce and goods, with now more than 6 in 10 Australian households claiming to buy organic in any given year.

  • Understanding university drop-out rates

    Open Forum     |      April 30, 2018

    More than 50,000 students who started university in Australia this year will drop out, according to a new Grattan Institute report. However not every incomplete degree should be seen as a waste of time and money.

  • Press censorship clouds the Asia-Pacific

    Open Forum     |      April 28, 2018

    The Chinese model of state-controlled news and suppression of free speech and information is being copied in other countries in Asia and the Pacific, threatening democracy and civil society.

  • Aussie teens prefer screens to sleep

    Open Forum     |      April 27, 2018

    New research from VicHealth and the Sleep Health Foundation has found Australian teenagers are missing out on crucial sleep due to screen time, caffeine, stress and other addressable factors.

  • Hacking the reef

    Open Forum     |      April 21, 2018

    Queensland’s innovation festival Myriad is hosting a ground-breaking creative think tank today to find solutions to the problem of plastics and other marine debris despoiling the Great Barrier Reef.