• Facebook’s new crush on its users

    Open Forum     |      June 21, 2019

    The social media giant is entering the dating app market, but will it be seen as yet another invasion of privacy or a fun way to help shy people get together?

  • Sports clubs are good for the soul

    Megan Maurice     |      June 11, 2019

    Being part of a sporting club is not just about the time spent on the field each week. A sense of belonging is just as important for its members, boosting their well-being and mental health as much as their physical fitness.

  • The social media “own goals” of young athletes

    Megan Maurice     |      June 5, 2019

    Social media offers budding and elite athletes a shortcut to celebrity, but the price of building a public persona can be all too high for rising stars still finding their feet in real life.

  • The “Me Too movement” will receive the 2019 Sydney Peace Prize

    Open Forum     |      May 13, 2019

    Me Too founder Tarana Burke and Australian author and broadcaster Tracey Spicer will accept the 2019 Sydney Peace Prize on behalf of the movement on Thursday 14 November at the Sydney Town Hall.

  • Tony Costa wins the 2019 Archibald Prize

    Joanna Mendelssohn     |      May 12, 2019

    Tony Costa’s portrait of fellow artist Lindy Lee has won the 2019 Archibald Prize, one of Australia’s most important and prestigious art awards.

  • Raising a glass to Anzac Day?

    Anton Donohoe-Marques     |      April 25, 2019

    Commemorating Anzac Day with a celebratory drink is an established Australian tradition, but it hasn’t always been so, and even today can sit uncomfortably with the solemn nature of the event.

  • Are modern millennials as daft as many people think?

    Stuart Thomas     |      April 13, 2019

    Millennials are often disparaged by older generations as narcissistic, lazy, and entitled, but their idealism and energy should be an inspiration to us all.

  • Challenging masculine stereotypes can also be good for men

    Michelle Stratemeyer     |      April 2, 2019

    Tropes of traditional masculinity such as self-reliance contribute to men being less likely than women to seek therapy or other medical help.

  • White supremacy and the Australian politics of race

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      March 28, 2019

    When an Australian white supremacist killed 50 people, and injured 50 others, in two New Zealand mosques last week, the politics of race and religious hatred merged into one. Decisive leadership is required to stamp out racism in out country, but there’s little sign that our politicians will provide it.

  • Our phones leave us tired and less productive

    Open Forum     |      March 28, 2019

    ‘Technoference’ is causing an increasing number of Australians to lose sleep, be less productive at work and even try to hide their phone use, with new QUT-led research showing 24 per cent of women and 15 per cent of men can now be classified as ‘problematic mobile phone users’.

  • Backlash and gender fatigue – Why progress on gender equality has slowed

    Sue Williamson     |      March 23, 2019

    The MeToo movement has swept the globe, but women’s equality issues are increasingly facing opposition. The increasing push-back in society against gender equality issues is also spreading into the workplace.

  • Let’s learn to love our Aussie accents

    Kate Burridge     |      March 17, 2019

    Our views of accents are arbitrary social evaluations rather than intrinsic facts, and we base them on our knowledge and experience of the people who lie behind them. We should embrace our accents as part of who we are.