• Arvanitakis on Education: The power of art – reflections on the Precious Treasures exhibition

    James Arvanitakis     |      February 13, 2021

    At a time of increasing political and economic tension between China and Australia, art retains the power to build personal bridges and foster cultural understanding.

  • I hear what you say – How the Aussie accent is changing

    Edwin Maher     |      January 29, 2021

    Online work has forced us all to speak more clearly, but the ongoing evolution of Australian accents heard in politics, entertainment and the media over time exemplifies the wider social and demographic changes which are shaping this country’s multicultural future.

  • Solving the world’s problems requires collective courage

    William Cox     |      January 20, 2021

    A new year usually begins fresh with optimism and the idea that we can begin anew. Choosing a courageous mindset is an important part of maintaining the stamina to face the challenges ahead.

  • Counterpoint by Mark Nicol – Gen-2D

    Mark Nicol     |      January 12, 2021

    People’s dependence on their mobile phones, and society’s reliance on integrated information systems, has not only eroded individual self-reliance but left the free world vulnerable to virtual attack from its enemies.

  • Remembering Indigenous figures in Australian history

    Open Forum     |      January 6, 2021

    The role played by an aboriginal woman called Turandurey and her daughter Ballandella in an early colonial expedition are among 25 new biographies published by the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

  • Counterpoint by Mark Nicol – Stop press! The fourth estate – service or farce?

    Mark Nicol     |      January 4, 2021

    The invention of the printing press heralded a revolution in human communications, but the nation’s newspapers are being left behind in the age of the Internet, and Open Forum columnist Mark Nicol is less than impressed with their current standard of ownership and content.

  • 10 podcasts for summer

    Siobhan McHugh     |      January 1, 2021

    Podcasts have continued to proliferate this year, and offer an astonishing variety of content for every taste and interest. Here are 10 shows to sample or binge on the beach, at home – or in lockdown.

  • Hit the road, Jack

    Jessica Gildersleeve     |      December 31, 2020

    American beat novelist Jack Kerouac typed out his seminal work ‘On The Road’ in just 10 days on a single roll of paper, but after a year of travel bans and lockdowns, there are plenty of other epic road trips we can take with our fingertips this year.

  • Counterpoint by Mark Nicol – Music for the festive season

    Mark Nicol     |      December 22, 2020

    Open Forum regular Mark Nicol offers a selection of music “to soothe the savage soul” over the festive season.

  • Counterpoint by Mark Nicol – The idea of democracy

    Mark Nicol     |      December 10, 2020

    Western liberal democracy has its deep but tangled roots in a host of religious as well as secular traditions, and its apparent decline can only be arrested by a reappreciation of rationality and individual merit.

  • Voyeurism and media sport violence

    David Rowe     |      December 4, 2020

    The fiery crash suffered and survived by French Formula 1 driver Roman Grosjean has reignited the debate about the immediate and more insidious long-term dangers sports stars face for our entertainment.

  • Rescuing Australia’s lost literary treasures

    Rebecca Giblin     |      November 30, 2020

    A new project is digitising some of Australia’s most culturally-important lost books, getting them into libraries and answering some important questions.