• Trolls, fanboys and lurkers – Understanding online commenting culture shows us how to improve it

    Renee Barnes     |      June 11, 2018

    A mix of personal and institutional responses to antisocial behaviour can help create more inclusive and harmonious online communities.

  • Rediscovering the true Caribbean

    Carlisle Richardson     |      June 11, 2018

    Oft-forgotten but nonetheless important, the real Caribbean is largely left out of international affairs, with one recent scandalous exception. Overlooked by many, what does this region have to offer for Australia?

  • In praise of doing nothing

    Simon Gottschalk     |      June 3, 2018

    As we race through our day, we seldom take the time to seriously examine the rationale behind our frenetic lives – and mistakenly assume that other people who appear very busy must be doing something important.

  • Paid parental leave in the USA and Australia

    Deborah Widiss     |      May 30, 2018

    Korea and Japan win hands down when it comes to fathers’ parental leave entitlements across OECD nations. Australia is among the worst, and the USA comes last of all, but Australia can learn from the US in terms of ‘primary carer’ preference.

  • Technology and relationships: A complicated connection

    Shayen de Silva     |      May 29, 2018

    Modern relationships and the ways we communicate have evolved with the growth of the digital world but are we becoming more connected? Or are we losing touch with each other?

  • Life on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert

    Kevin Brophy     |      May 26, 2018

    Author, poet and academic Kevin Brophy reflects on his time living in the remote Aboriginal community of Mulan, one of the smallest and most isolated in the country, close to the natural haven of Lake Paruku.

  • Welcome to the new dark age

    Niki Seth-Smith     |      May 25, 2018

    In a wide-ranging investigation of diverse fields from aviation to social media, the pharmaceutical industry and climate science, James Bridle argues that our data-driven culture threaten our survival as a species.

  • Feminists should remember ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves’

    Sara Hayden     |      May 23, 2018

    The best selling women’s health book “Our Bodies, Ourselves” teaches that there is no one correct course of action. Women differ from one another, and various experiences will lead to a range of priorities and goals. This is okay – and it probably has the best chance to make the world a better place.

  • Wanted: a trustworthy keeper of the truth

    Shaun Carney     |      May 21, 2018

    In this era of ‘fake news’, social media memes and declining budgets for traditional news sources, is there anyone left to act as a guardian of the truth in the reporting of contentious issues or current events?

  • Sacred activism: a movement for global healing

    Martin Winiecki     |      May 20, 2018

    Our natural sense of interdependence has been replaced by an addictive focus on personal short-term profit. Could a new spirit of ‘sacred activism’ help restore our balance with the planet, each other and ourselves?

  • LGBTI rights in Africa

    Tinashe Jakwa     |      May 19, 2018

    When it comes to LGBTI rights in Africa, arguing against Western interventionism is a front for advocating the acceptance of discriminatory legislation. However the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held no hope for a return to African societies’ traditional acceptance of diverse sexualities and gender identities.

  • Women in music – Searching the canon

    Ruth Lee Martin     |      May 16, 2018

    We need to keep shining a light on the amazing creative work being undertaken by women across so many artistic fields, otherwise women will once again be notable largely by their absence.