• Counterpoint by Mark Nicol – The human predicament – Towards a holistic solution

    Mark Nicol     |      September 9, 2020

    Reconciling the wisdom of religion, philosophy and science in pursuit of a sustainable future is no easy task, but stripping the illusions we comfort ourselves with can at least help us squarely face the challenges ahead.

  • Engaging culturally diverse communities during COVID-19

    Nicole Butcher Bishop     |      September 6, 2020

    The COVID-19 response in Victoria, Australia needs a stronger focus on working with poorer and culturally and linguistically diverse communities to contain the virus and allow the lifting of lockdowns.

  • Inequality was rising before COVID-19

    Belinda Henwood     |      September 2, 2020

    The UNSW Social Policy Research Centre and the Australian Council of Social Services have released a new analysis of inequality in Australia pre-COVID-19, providing a baseline to measure the impact of the pandemic on income and wealth inequality.

  • Plays well with others

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      August 26, 2020

    Like all countries, Australia doesn’t always live up to its highest ideals. But our sportspeople can help us strive to be our best – and show the better face of Australia to the world.

  • Counterpoint by Mark Nicol – Beyond the constant growth economy

    Mark Nicol     |      August 22, 2020

    A conscious policy of global depopulation may be the only way to ensure a sustainable human future, in partnership with a radical retooling of the economy to preserve, rather than consume, the Earth’s resources.

  • 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.

  • Counterpoint by Mark Nicol – 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.