• Taking the pulse on immigration

    Bernie O'Kane     |      January 14, 2024

    Opinion polls show that most Australians think immigration rates have climbed too high, but more nuanced polling could help inform the government’s range of strategies to address this complex issue.

  • Must do more about MDMA

    Max Thomas     |      January 9, 2024

    Eight people remain in critical condition after overdosing on MDMA at the Hardmission Festival in Flemington on Saturday night, leading the Victorian Greens to call for more pill testing at such events, but this may not be the best solution.

  • Think free or die

    Simon McCarthy-Jones     |      January 9, 2024

    The right to freedom of thought, however, is more rarely discussed. But thanks to the growing influence of social media, big data and new technology, this “forgotten freedom” needs our urgent attention.

  • Heads in the sand

    Alan Stevenson     |      January 2, 2024

    Ostriches don’t actually bury their head in the sand, but 40% of people do, choosing to remain ignorant of the world around them to absolve themselves of moral responsibility.

  • Severance

    Jane Gifkins     |      December 27, 2023

    Digital technology and working from home have made separating work and home even harder than before but setting healthy routines can help put mental as well as physical boundaries around your work time – even when your workplace is in the next room.

  • The future of work

    Open Forum     |      December 16, 2023

    The future of work in Australia is placed under the microscope by leading Australian academics in a new book that paints a realistic picture about the challenges and opportunities presented by new technologies.

  • Puberty blues

    Lucas Walsh     |      December 15, 2023

    New data about the mental health of young people raises red flags about cost-of-living pressures – and offers a glimpse at a better approach.

  • Innovation in defence supply chains

    George Henneke     |      December 14, 2023

    Innovation is the lifeblood of the defence industry and can also create an international comparative advantage, encouraging exports that drive profitability and push investment into Australian businesses.

  • Poor families swelter in hot Australian homes

    Open Forum     |      December 13, 2023

    As another scorching summer approaches, a new report from Parents for Climate and Sweltering Cities reveals that millions of Australian children, including over 760,000 in poverty, face heightened health and education risks due to extreme heat in poorly insulated homes.

  • Poacher turned gamekeeper

    Open Forum     |      December 13, 2023

    A QUT researcher has suggested a technology widely used by fishing fleets to attract open ocean species could be used in Marine Protected Areas to protect, conserve and sustain exploited fish species.

  • Turning off the tap

    Michelle Grattan     |      December 11, 2023

    Politicians have boosted Australia’s economic performance through increases in immigration rather than productivity over the last 20 years, but the current housing and infrastructure crisis has prompted a rethink, not least in the much abused foreign student visa system.

  • What can we learn from Indigenous polycentric self-governance?

    Prof. James Guthrie     |      December 7, 2023

    Introducing the breadth of articles and topics in the new issue of BESS® – the Journal of Behavioural Economics and Social Systems.