• Sportsball sucks

    Hunter Fujack     |      March 9, 2024

    Australia punches above its weight in global sports, and has the reputation of a “sports mad” nation, but in reality most people don’t care much about most sports and a fifth of the population actively hate it all.

  • Ten years after

    Charitha Pattiaratchi     |      March 8, 2024

    Malaysia Airlines passenger flight MH370 disappeared a decade ago on March 8 2014. Though wreckage has washed up on East African shores, and the plane’s loss in the Southern Ocean was probably a suicide/mass murder perpetrated by its Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, there may be new attempts to find more wreckage on the sea bed and perhaps solve the mystery.

  • The ocean detectives

    Open Forum     |      March 7, 2024

    The longest science voyage yet by CSIRO research vessel RV Investigator has returned to Australia with one of the most comprehensive datasets ever collected in the Southern Ocean.

  • Teens behaving badly

    Kathryn Daley     |      February 27, 2024

    A spate of high profile incidents in which teens attack passers by for no reason except social media hits has provoked a backlash, so academics are lining up to assure everyone that anti-social behaviour is society’s fault instead.

  • A worried nation

    Sarah Marinos     |      February 13, 2024

    Over the past 15 years, more Australians have experienced growing psychological distress, and the latest edition of the annual HILDA survey shows the situation is getting worse, with economic problems piling up on ordinary families.

  • Women in sport

    Popi Sotiriadou     |      February 12, 2024

    Women’s success in sports can have substantial positive economic outcomes for their countries. More than this, they can contribute to a nation’s international affairs and influence relationships with other countries.

  • Victim of the state

    Donald Rothwell     |      February 7, 2024

    After a secret ‘trial’ in 2021 at which no evidence was presented, naturalised Australian citizen Yang Hengjun has been sentenced to death by the Chinese communist state for ‘spying’.

  • Fear of the future

    Alastair Comery     |      February 7, 2024

    Fear of ageing is really a fear of the unknown – and modern society is making things worse.

  • Israel under fire

    Joshua Shanes     |      January 31, 2024

    Far from increasing sympathy for the endlessly embattled Jewish state of Israel, there has been a sharp increase in antisemitism around the world since the Hamas terrorist group crossed the border with Gaza on Oct. 7, 2023 to murder 1,400 civilians and kidnap over 200 more.

  • Who do we choose to care about?

    Charlie Crimston     |      January 30, 2024

    A 24 hour barrage of bad news on social media and endless articles demanding we worry about things we’ve never heard about before or might never happen can sap anyone’s compassion, but can people be encouraged to care more about others beyond their own family and friends?

  • Freedom of information in the age of AI

    Maria O Sullivan     |      January 29, 2024

    There’s been much discussion about how artificial intelligence will affect every part of our society, from school assignments to the music industry, so how will it affect freedom of information laws?

  • Empowering local transitions towards Society 5.0

    Christian Nielsen     |      January 25, 2024

    The concept of Society 5.0 – a superintelligent society of humans, nature and technology in sustainable balance – was launched in Japan in 2016. A systematic, second track, bottom-up ‘society transition model’ could ease the shift towards this next stage of society.