• Charting inequality

    Open Forum     |      May 21, 2024

    New research from the Productivity Commission has unpacked changes to income and wealth levels during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Vaccines save lives

    Sheel Meru     |      May 19, 2024

    The chance of living one more year is up to 44 per cent more likely thanks to the past 50 years of vaccines, according to new research. But global drops in vaccine coverage pose a risk to further progress.

  • Speaking up for women in sport

    Catherine Ordway     |      May 17, 2024

    As Australia grapples with a “national crisis” of violence against women, what can men in sport do to help? A minute’s silence is fine in itself but being quiet isn’t enough.

  • Australia in the global supply chain

    Ian Satchwell     |      May 14, 2024

    The Albanese government’s “A Future Made in Australia policy” should be understood with a bit more nuance than its name implies.

  • Cleaning up the chemical industry

    Open Forum     |      May 14, 2024

    The global chemical industry is a major fossil fuel consumer and climate change contributor; however, new Curtin University research has identified how the sector could clean up its green credentials by “getting dirty”.

  • Are friends electric?

    Dan Weijers     |      May 11, 2024

    Modern technology has rendered us increasingly lonely, but rather than re-embrace real relationhips, technology companies want to solve the problem with yet more technology.

  • Debt weight

    James Goldie     |      May 10, 2024

    One in three young Australians saw their HELP debt go backwards due to inflation last year, but new Federal policy announced last week should help partially address this spiral of ever-increasing debt.

  • Tackling violence against women

    Rosalind Dixon     |      May 6, 2024

    A spate of violent attacks on women in recent weeks have put the issue at the front of the political debate, so what can be done to address this problem?

  • Generation angst

    Hugh Breakey     |      May 1, 2024

    Far from bringing people together, Jonathan Haidt’s new book “The Anxious Generation” argues that ubiquitous smartphones are divorcing young people from their friends and family, while attention grabbing apps are eroding their ability to think for themselves.

  • The great art robbery

    Oliver Bown     |      April 28, 2024

    AI threatens to replace real human artists, just as machines have replaced people in a host of other activities, but AI models were trained on artists’ works without permission or payment.

  • The war on women

    Danielle Cave     |      April 27, 2024

    A spate of murderous attacks on women around Australia has heightened calls for the Australian government to establish a Royal Commission into gender-based violence.

  • Science needs to tell its story

    Peter Doherty     |      April 26, 2024

    In one sense, Trump has done the world of intellectual inquiry a service: He is forcing those fighting disinformation to engage on a much broader front than just relying on critical thinking and a respect for evidence.