• The start of a new space age

    Rebecca Shrimpton     |      June 8, 2021

    Australians can take pride in their contribution to the first space age in the second half of the 20th century, but effort is needed if we are to optimise our position in this new era.

  • Batteries included

    Open Forum     |      June 6, 2021

    Community-scale batteries are already achievable in Australia, will complement existing household batteries and will allow more solar energy to be stored in our suburbs, according to analysis from The Australian National University.   

  • The case for dedicated quarantine facilities

    Lachlan Gilbert     |      June 5, 2021

    The Federal government has just announced it will help fund the building of a quarantine facility in Victoria, and UNSW academics wonder why it has taken this long.

  • The power of indigenous data

    James Rose     |      May 27, 2021

    Government has recognised the importance of Indigenous Data to Closing the Gap, but datasets need to be community-driven and owned if they are to be most effective.

  • (Not) closing the gap

    Open Forum     |      May 25, 2021

    Gaping policy shortfalls in the Australian Government’s ‘Closing the Gap’ program have seen it fail to reduce disparities in Indigenous health, income, employment, child removal and incarceration, Flinders University researchers say.

  • Building on reforms to aged care

    Julia Sarant     |      May 22, 2021

    The Federal budget is a promising step in the right direction, but more is needed to achieve the high standard of aged care Australia has the capacity to provide, and older Australians deserve.

  • The myths and realities of youth crime in northern Australia

    Teagan Westendorf     |      May 11, 2021

    State and territory governments should address the problem of youth crime in northern Australia with coordinated justice and child protection policies.

  • English football fans: Lamenting a lost world

    David Rowe     |      May 6, 2021

    The uniformly hostile reaction by fans across Europe to the breakaway European Super League humbled its participants and provoked a swift u-turn, but also shone a light on the changing nature of fandom itself.

  • Double your chances

    David Carroll     |      May 4, 2021

    Research shows that studying for a double degree at University can greatly improve new graduates’ prospects of finding full-time work.

  • Self-driving cars remain a pipe-dream

    Hussein Dia     |      April 26, 2021

    Self-driving cars still face many hurdles before they become a common and accepted site on the nation’s roads.

  • Competition isn’t improving the aged care sector

    Ou Yang     |      April 24, 2021

    A new study finds more competition isn’t associated with better quality of care or lower prices in aged care, prompting policy reform to address sources of market failures.

  • Connecting older Australians and pre-schoolers to improve mental health

    Open Forum     |      April 21, 2021

    The health benefits of intergenerational activity, such as reducing frailty, will be assessed by UNSW researchers. Early research suggests intergenerational activities might reduce frailty in older adults, and improve empathy and language development in younger participants.