• Pop goes Korea

    Duncan Graham     |      July 7, 2021

    Close neighbours Australia and Indonesia are slowly drifting apart. Part of the problem comes down to a generational divergence of popular culture interests.

  • Making the most of critical minerals

    Gavin Lockyer     |      July 6, 2021

    Australia has a huge amount to gain from taking advantage of its natural abundance of critical minerals and positioning itself as a world leader in their production.

  • Chinese communism at 100

    Michael Shoebridge     |      July 4, 2021

    China’s communist party celebrated its centenary with gaudy celebrations of its iron grip on power and increasing belligerence abroad, financed by its ditching of disastrous Marxist economics over the last 35 years.

  • Intergenerational reports should spark action

    Danielle Wood     |      June 30, 2021

    Australia’s state and federal governments have spent the past 16 months responding to a major health and economic crisis but the latest intergenerational report underlines the need for more long term action.

  • Seeing what we want to see

    Meg Elkins     |      June 29, 2021

    We’re all prone to accepting one narrative and sticking to it, no matter the evidence. This problem isn’t just “out there”. Behavioural research offers some lessons for all us to keep front and centre.

  • Here in my car I feel safest of all

    Richard Holden     |      June 26, 2021

    Limits on late-night passengers for young drivers have reduced the number of teenage road fatalities and show that policies can have long-term effects long after the people involved are no longer restricted.

  • Helping our island neighbours into space

    Open Forum     |      June 24, 2021

    Involving Pacific Island Nations in Australia and New Zealand’s fast evolving space activities could open income streams and contribute to the fight against climate change.

  • Jump for joy

    Taren Sanders     |      June 23, 2021

    Despite the nation’s sporty reputation, Australian children are some of the least active in the world but a cheap new school program may encourage them off the couch and into action.

  • Private life dramas

    Alan Stevenson     |      June 22, 2021

    Commentators talk about individual privacy as if it is a sacred right which has to be protected but most people have few qualms concerning which organisations access their personal data.

  • The moral maze

    Alan Stevenson     |      June 17, 2021

    The development of scientific techniques can outpace the legal and ethical boundaries society sets to control them. Where should the line be drawn between the common good and personal rights?

  • Turning the page on China

    Michael Shoebridge     |      June 11, 2021

    This weekend’s G7 leaders’ summit in Cornwall could mark a turning point in the free world’s response to China, replacing a bilateral economic approach with a united strategic vision.

  • The best of times, the worst of times

    Frank Bongiorno     |      June 9, 2021

    Public trust in government increased during the COVID crisis, but the jury is out on whether Coalition support will fall due to bungles in the vaccine rollout.