• How to break up with plastics – using behavioural science

    Kim Borg     |      July 19, 2018

    Plastic is not evil: it’s flexible, durable, waterproof and cheap. The issue is the way we dispose of it.

  • Confronting the money-power elite

    Thomas Greco     |      July 1, 2018

    Those who control the creation and allocation of money are able to control every other aspect of society. So shouldn’t ordinary people have more say over money, rather than rich and self-serving elites?

  • How did a cockatoo reach 13th century Sicily?

    Heather Dalton     |      June 27, 2018

    Images of a cockatoo in Frederick II of Sicily’s book on falconry reveal how trade routes around Australia’s north were flourishing as far back as medieval times.

  • New report casts doubt on Sydney’s affordable housing policy

    Open Forum     |      June 22, 2018

    Affordable rental options for low-income households in Sydney need to be drastically improved according to the City Futures Research Centre.

  • Australia’s foreign real estate investment boom looks to be over. Here are five things we learned

    Dallas Rogers     |      June 1, 2018

    Domestic and foreign real estate investment have long been connected to the financial services industries, and the built environment is central to creating and storing surplus capital. Australian cities continue to be heavily influenced by global money despite the recent slowdown in foreign purchases.

  • The big budget takeaways

    Andrew Trounson     |      May 10, 2018

    Some economists worry that a flatter tax system will heighten inequality in the wake of the 2018 Federal Budget and the challenge of affording an older Australia still remains to be addressed.

  • Australia’s booming population needs more transport infrastructure

    Behzad Fatahi     |      May 9, 2018

    The Federal Government has announced another $24.5 billion for roads and railways across Australia, but it may not be enough to handle the country’s rapid population growth.

  • The power of parity: Australia’s progress on gender equality

    Virginia Haussegger     |      May 6, 2018

    Australia ranks well in terms of gender equality in the Asia-Pacific, however progress on key indicators such as gender wage gaps and women’s political representation has stagnated in recent years. Shifts in attitudes towards gender are required to unlock the full potential of women in society.

  • Seven ways to think like a 21st century economist

    Kate Raworth     |      April 11, 2018

    Economics will matter just as much in the future as it has in the past, but its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date. Kate Raworth argues for a radical transformation in thinking to create a more sustainable and equitable society.

  • Assessing Australia’s South Pacific guest worker programme

    Open Forum     |      April 10, 2018

    A new report from the World Bank offers a detailed examination of the impact of Australia’s guest worker programme on labour from the South Pacific. The study also suggests eleven ways to improve inclusion, equity and economic returns.

  • The world’s richest 1% took 82% of the wealth created last year

    Open Forum     |      April 4, 2018

    Eighty two percent of the wealth generated last year went to the richest one percent of the global population, while the 3.7 billion people who make up the poorest half of the world saw no increase in their wealth, according to a new Oxfam report. 

  • Forget about GDP, it’s time for a well-being economy

    Kate Pickett     |      April 3, 2018

    Robert Kennedy criticised the obsession with gross domestic product half a century ago and to avoid another fifty years of pursuing increasingly inappropriate goals, we need to cultivate a new economic vision that relates to people’s daily experiences, rather than the growth of abstract numbers.