• Top tips to cut your air conditioning costs

    Alexis Walker     |      October 11, 2019

    As summer approaches and Australia heats up once again, the temptation to turn on the air conditioner will be tempered by its boost to our electricity bills. Cut the cost – and reduce the spikes in power demands – by following these seven tips to keep cool.

  • Pokies, guns and money

    Open Forum     |      October 11, 2019

    The strong-arm tactics used by Australia’s gambling industry to maximise their profits and evade social responsibility resemble those of the National Rifle Association in the United States of America.

  • The great poker machine charity con

    Louise Francis     |      October 8, 2019

    Gambling operators often trumpet their funding of “good causes”, but research in Victoria suggests the charitable giving claimed by operators to reap tax benefits falls far short of their claims.

  • Working relationships beat team building exercises

    Petr Matous     |      September 30, 2019

    The key to an effective team-building strategy in the workplace is understanding that a team is really a social network built on connections between individuals.

  • Arvanitakis on American politics: Why bipartisanship is hard

    James Arvanitakis     |      September 28, 2019

    Headlines highlighting President Trump’s erratic behaviour are masking a more worrying decline of faith in democracy and national unity across the free world. What are the factors driving us apart, and what, if anything, can we do about them?

  • Actions speak louder than words

    Genevieve Hall     |      September 27, 2019

    Helping our young people to become ‘action competent’ will encourage the next generation to become connected and empathetic with each other and push for real change with the powers that be.

  • Treading softly in power diplomacy

    Natalia Grincheva     |      September 19, 2019

    Museums have emerged as new and effective actors of cultural soft power, including institutions in countries like China and Russia whose interests and actions seem diametrically opposed to the West.

  • Diary of an accidental activist

    Dennis Altman     |      September 15, 2019

    Denis Altman’s new book, Unrequited Love: Diary of an Accidental Activist, accounts for his time in the US and draws comparisons between the American and Australian political state.

  • Bringing ancient Rome to life

    Open Forum     |      September 12, 2019

    Filmmakers just love the vivid drama of Ancient Rome. But which screen visions of the ancient superpower do our history experts rate the best?

  • Advertisers wake up to a ‘woke’ nightmare

    Abas Mirzaei     |      September 11, 2019

    Advertisers jump on every bandwagon to peddle other people’s wares, but latching onto the coat-tails of social justice warriors may have brought more grief than extra sales.

  • Conviction politics: How prisoners shaped Australian democracy

    Open Forum     |      September 9, 2019

    British deportees aren’t often celebrated for their contribution to the nation’s progressive political traditions, but they played a vital part in building the country’s values as well as early infrastructure.

  • Sco-Mo – The first hundred days

    James Walter     |      September 1, 2019

    This week marked Scott Morrison’s first 100 days since his surprise re-election as Prime Minister. What are the pros and cons on his report card so far?