• Big tech designs its own ethics to avoid scrutiny

    David Watts     |      April 10, 2019

    The feelgood, high-level data ethics principles espoused by the tech giants do little to control their behaviour. The abuses perpetrated by “big tech” can only be addressed by proper regulation.

  • Gender equality: it’s everyone’s business

    Becky Batagol     |      April 10, 2019

    Gender equality is in everyone’s interest as it allows every citizen to fully participate in all spheres of Australian life and contribute to an inclusive and democratic society.

  • The “Disneyfication” of the AFL

    Andrew Fuller     |      April 9, 2019

    Australian Rules football is a grassroots sport, but the AFL’s increasing corporatisation is distancing the game from the fans.

  • Dear baby boomers: Australian philanthrophy needs your help

    Krystian Seibert     |      April 6, 2019

    Although Australians should be proud of the giving we do, there is clearly room for improvement and the right structures and incentives could encourage more philanthropy to benefit good causes.

  • Settling migrants in regional areas will need more than a visa to succeed

    Aleem Ali     |      April 3, 2019

    Encouraging migrants to live and work in regional areas suffering labour shortages could be a ‘win-win’ scenario for all concerned, but policy makers will have to pay attention to five vital factors for the idea to succeed.

  • How YouTube eclipsed Hollywood

    Open Forum     |      April 1, 2019

    Hollywood’s power as a global entertainment machine is far from dead and buried but it has been knocked for a six by the extraordinary rise of social media entertainment over the past 10 years.

  • The budget should help families share the load

    Barbara Broadway     |      March 31, 2019

    More family-friendly policies in this year’s Budget could help deliver individual, economic and social rewards for everyone.

  • Time for ‘Airbnb’ for energy?

    Open Forum     |      March 25, 2019

    Could the future of energy lie in the sharing economy? New research shows energy sharing platforms may be the key to supporting our transition to new tech and cleaner power, while delivering reliable energy for consumers.

  • Politicians are fuelling the fire

    Open Forum     |      March 24, 2019

    Populist politicians around the world are stoking fears about immigration, with damaging effects on the fabric of society.

  • The shape of far-right extremism in Australia

    Clive Williams     |      March 23, 2019

    Right-wing politicians like Pauline Hanson and Fraser Anning have tapped into popular concerns about immigration for political purposes, but in the process have probably generated recruits for extremist organisations.

  • Backing the strengths of young indigenous people

    Sandra Eades     |      March 18, 2019

    Aboriginal youth know who they are and where they want to go, and we need to use these strengths if we are to close the health and employment gap between Australia’s disparate populations.

  • Groundbreaking survey of childhood maltreatment underway

    Open Forum     |      March 16, 2019

    A $2.3 million five-year study of the prevalence and effects of child maltreatment in Australia, the most comprehensive national study of its type, is underway.