• Making New Year’s resolutions more personal could help them stick

    Bernice Plant     |      December 31, 2018

    Many of us embark on life-improving resolutions in the new year, but few of us maintain the effort. Picking personal goals, rather than those suggested by others, could be the key to success.

  • Art helps us see when we don’t want to look

    Andrew Trounson     |      December 27, 2018

    Australia’s under appreciated colonial art is a window to the past that can help us understand the fraught and violent history of settlement.

  • Organic, free-range, fairtrade or vegan: sifting fact from fiction

    Michal Carrington     |      December 26, 2018

    Making it easier for consumers to assess the ethical credentials of products – through in-store information, accredited labeling systems or apps – would help people make more informed choices about the food they buy.

  • Happy Christmas to all our readers

    Open Forum     |      December 25, 2018

    Open Forum would like to wish all our readers a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

  • Family films to watch this Christmas

    Djoymi Baker     |      December 24, 2018

    The holidays are here, the family is around, so which feel-good movies can you watch together to reconnect with something meaningful? Here are ten family films which offer more than the usual Christmas fare.

  • The curse of identity politics and the case for shared values

    Peter Tregear     |      December 22, 2018

    Without a continuing trust in shared values we run the risk of being unable to convince people different from ourselves why they might wish to think or feel, let alone vote or act, like we do.

  • God vs mammon at Christmas

    Joshua Newton     |      December 22, 2018

    Shops put a lot of effort into Christmas decorations to associate themselves with the celebration and encourage shoppers to spend but is the overt commercialisation of Christmas drowning out its true spirit?

  • When did being a man become such a difficult task?

    Stuart Thomas     |      December 20, 2018

    Traditional male roles in the workplace and family are increasingly threatened or questioned but men can take responsibility for understanding themselves and their new situation to help forge new definitions of masculinity for the 21st century.

  • Nostalgia and friends drive our festive food coma

    Open Forum     |      December 20, 2018

    Why do we stuff ourselves so full at Christmas? It’s not just the food we love, but the memories of happy times in the past and the company of family and friends in the present.

  • Love hurts – On a lifetime of sports fandom

    Sally Breen     |      December 10, 2018

    Sport is an integral part of Australia’s DNA, but a love for Lleyton Hewitt, Australia’s last world number one male tennis player, was unusual for even the most die-hard Australian sporting fan.

  • Putting museum power on the map

    Natalia Grincheva     |      December 9, 2018

    A new analysis of the soft power of museums shows how their social influence is shaped by local social-demographic, cultural and economic factors.

  • Preserving the power of ancient Indigenous oral traditions

    Open Forum     |      November 23, 2018

    The Monash Country Lines Archive is an animation program that records stories in Indigenous languages which are often threatened with extinction.