• Building research capacity for a disaster-resilient Australia

    Paul Barnes     |      October 14, 2020

    Australia needs a networked consortium of teaching universities and regional research centres helping our emergency and disaster management services face the myriad dangers we face.

  • Mobilising Victoria’s emergency workforce

    Jonathan Liberman     |      October 10, 2020

    Victoria’s COVID-19 Omnibus Bill highlights the central challenge of mobilising and managing the right workforce needed during a public health emergency.

  • Government funding won’t stop manufacturing’s decline

    David Uren     |      October 8, 2020

    The federal government sees the revival of Australian manufacturing as a matter of economic sovereignty, yet the annual national accounts highlight the enormity of the task it confronts.

  • Refreshing defence innovation

    Thom Dixon     |      September 27, 2020

    Unless Australia scales up its own DARPA-like investment vehicles and introduces well-endowed talent-retention schemes, or other policy initiatives unique to the Australian context, our defence innovation enterprise is headed for rocky times.

  • Supply chain cooperation comes to the fore

    Ken Heydon     |      September 25, 2020

    Reports are circulating of a trilateral exploration by Japan, India and Australia of a ‘Supply Chain Resilience Initiative’ to secure supply chains and reduce dependence on China.

  • Australia’s drug dependence: A multi-level response to supply-chain insecurity

    Iain D. Johnson     |      September 16, 2020

    Supply problems at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic sparked concerns about fragile pharmaceutical supply chains. Australia must consider how it can drive forward its domestic industry while also being a strong voice for regional cooperation.

  • A world in disorder

    Open Forum     |      September 16, 2020

    It would take 500 years to spend as much on preparedness as the world is currently losing due to COVID-19. The world cannot afford this cycle of panic and neglect.

  • Covid-19 shows the need to accelerate national policymaking

    Gillian Savage     |      September 9, 2020

    If Covid-19 has taught us anything, it’s that Australia needs to link long-term planning with emergency and operational coordination.

  • Our food system needs an overhaul

    Open Forum     |      September 8, 2020

    The Australian government needs a strategic policy approach to food, according to a new report by the Commission for the Human Future.

  • Embracing business vulnerabilities

    Mariano Heyden     |      August 25, 2020

    With COVID-19 exposing the fragility of our companies, the best-placed will be those with CEOs who understand the shortcomings, and the measures for managing them.

  • How to reduce offshore supply chain risks and create onshore manufacturing opportunities

    Ebony Stansfield     |      August 19, 2020

    There are a number of definitive ways Australia can improve innovation and onshore manufacturing while leveraging offshore capability and reducing supply chain risks.

  • Managing food security

    Open Forum     |      August 18, 2020

    A model for successfully managing food safety incidents has been developed by a diverse team of academics and researchers from Flinders University’s College of Medicine and Public Health, and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.