• Slow decline or a brighter future? Shaping Australia’s national outlook

    James Deverell     |      June 19, 2019

    Boosting Australia’s future prosperity will require bold action on a number of fronts and a deliberate commitment to careful and considered long-term thinking, according to a new CSIRO report.

  • Defining the power of public interest journalism

    Jay Daniel     |      June 16, 2019

    The recent police raids on Australian journalists are a cause of concern for many, but they also highlight the far-reaching impact of public interest journalism.

  • The worrying decline of Australian civil liberties

    Johan Lidberg     |      June 12, 2019

    The recent police raids on the ABC and News Corp go beyond questions of free speech and media freedom – they’re further proof of Australia’s wider democratic decline.

  • What history can really teach us

    Mark Edele     |      June 9, 2019

    History is too intricate to teach simple lessons, but knowing your history is key to understanding the complexities of the present.

  • Ken Wyatt and the challenge ahead

    Eddie Synot     |      June 3, 2019

    While the new minister for Indigenous Australians has the chance to make a real difference, unrealistic expectations should be tempered as real change will take an effort from not just the whole government, but the entire nation.

  • Remembering Pacific islanders in regional resettlement schemes

    Makiko Nishitani     |      May 28, 2019

    A greater focus on the well-established migrant populations and second-generation youth is crucial when planning for the social and economic well-being of rural and regional areas.

  • Immigration isn’t the problem – or the solution

    Graciela Metternicht     |      May 26, 2019

    Immigration is neither the problem nor solution in many areas where Australia is off-track, from government debt to environmental action.

  • Mighty oaks from little acorns grow: The success story of Bio21

    Robert Crompton     |      May 20, 2019

    The Bio21 Hub was established in 1998 through a collaboration between Melbourne University Science Departments and Research Institutes including the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.  This 20 year relationship has now led to break-through commercialisation of cancer research in partnership with major pharmaceutical companies.

  • Anywhere v somewhere = nowhere

    Paul Dibb     |      May 19, 2019

    A growing schism between educated, affluent ‘anywhere’s and the ‘somewhere’s left behind by the rapid pace of change are weakening the West and encourage the ambitions of authoritarian competitors.

  • Unlocking the superpower of super funds for social good

    Ibrar Khan     |      May 12, 2019

    UNSW Business School Adjunct Professor and prominent social investment backer Michael Traill says super fund capital could be used for the aged care, education and housing sectors.

  • Don’t forget the footpath – it’s vital public space

    Yvonne Meng     |      May 11, 2019

    In an urban setting like central Footscray, where only 1% of the area is public space, the value of the humble footpath needs to be recognised.

  • The growing spectre of domestic food insecurity

    Sue Kleve     |      May 9, 2019

    A million Australians worry about where their next meal is coming from and additional help is required to prevent more people falling off the “food security tightrope”.