• A sporting chance for liberty

    Max Thomas     |      August 20, 2020

    The over-regulation of Australian Rules football is an example of the nanny state nature of Australia itself. Simplifying the rules of sport and life, rather than adding to them, might produce better outcomes for us all.

  • Toys for the boys: White men’s business at the War Memorial

    Karen Brooks     |      August 20, 2020

    The National Gallery of Australia has slashed its annual acquisitions from 3000 pieces a year to 100 and other core institutions are struggling, but there is no shortage of funding for the Australian War Memorial to present a very ‘Aussie’ view of history.

  • Make room for the future

    Mark Nicol     |      August 18, 2020

    The economic, social and environmental problems today share the same root cause of over-population, and only a steady reduction in the global population will offer hope of a sustainable future.

  • Pandemic pandemonium

    Frederik Vervaet     |      August 16, 2020

    The world’s current troubles pale in the light of previous plagues. A terrible onslaught of bubonic plague in the sixth century, for example, abruptly ended Emperor Justinian’s dream of reunifying the Roman empire and caused massive geopolitical upheaval.

  • Gambling with sport’s integrity

    Charles Livingstone     |      August 16, 2020

    Those who profit from gambling usually emphasise the fun it may involve. But the potential for corruption of the sport that people love is enormous.

  • Tackling the stigma around public housing

    Alistair Sisson     |      August 8, 2020

    To destigmatise public housing, fundamental changes in our housing system are needed. Better design, maintenance and stories are helpful, but can only do so much.

  • The dog’s breakfast of strata pet laws

    Ebony Stansfield     |      August 6, 2020

    NSW pet tenancy laws do not reflect the needs of society, with strata by-laws impacting the vulnerable, say UNSW experts.

  • Why Melbourne’s business restrictions should work

    Philip Russo     |      August 4, 2020

    By clamping down on personal interactions, the sweeping new business restrictions in Melbourne should reduce the number of community infections to more manageable numbers within the next few weeks.

  • The tiny plants that hold deserts together

    Isabelle Dubach     |      August 2, 2020

    Miniscule plants growing on desert soils can help drylands retain water and reduce erosion, UNSW researchers have found, but are threatened by over-grazing.  

  • Give people money

    Anne Fritz Cohen     |      July 23, 2020

    War often precipitates social change, and the current battle against COVID-19 has strengthened calls for a universal basic income to reduce social disparities and revive economic growth.

  • Look before you leap to a republic

    Max Thomas     |      July 20, 2020

    Revived calls for a Republic of Australia ignore the fact that it could prove less functional than our constitutional monarchy, making democratic change all the more difficult to achieve.

  • Do tougher sentences deter crime?

    Ben Knight     |      July 20, 2020

    It’s easy to think that the threat of punishment will simply dissuade someone from doing the wrong thing. But it turns out that deterring would-be criminals by instilling doubt or fear of the consequences is more tale than truth.