• Saving liberal democracy

    Bryden Spurling     |      February 20, 2020

    Technological advances, the challenge of China and climate change are all posing a threat to liberal nations, but a reinvigoration of democratic values can meet these challenges tomorrow, just as great threats were overcome in the past.

  • Why women’s sport matters

    Nadia Bevan     |      February 18, 2020

    The popularity of women’s sport is soaring, and elite-level competitions are gaining more mainstream traction, which sends a positive message for health and wellbeing for all women.

  • Life’s a gamble

    Anastasia Hronis     |      February 16, 2020

    Advertisements for gambling and online betting tell us to “gamble responsibly”. But what does this mean in reality? And how can you gamble responsibly online when another bet is just a click or swipe away?

  • High on rebellion

    William Partlett     |      February 15, 2020

    The Australian Capital Territory’s new cannabis laws are at odds with Australia’s federal laws, but should the federal government stay out of the argument?

  • A holistic approach to reduce reoffending

    Belinda Henwood     |      February 13, 2020

    A UNSW Law report is a clear call to action for the NSW Government and relevant departments and agencies to ensure people are adequately supported in their transition from prison to the community.

  • Racist comments are damaging, so is “othering” the one who said it

    Jake Sandler     |      February 8, 2020

    Calling people racists can merely entrench them in their beliefs, but accepting our individual complexity, celebrating our common humanity and calling out the sin, rather than the sinner, can have a more positive effect.

  • A face in the crowd

    Neil Selwyn     |      January 31, 2020

    The main purpose of facial recognition technology is not to increase personal convenience, but to facilitate mass surveillance, and adoption of it should be viewed with caution in democratic countries.

  • 7.8 billion is the loneliest number

    Alan Stevenson     |      January 28, 2020

    There are more people on Earth than ever before, most of us living in teeming cities. Yet, despite the devices which theoretically connect us to everyone else, loneliness is a growing problem. The answer lies with us.

  • Navigating the sea of streams

    Andrew Lynch     |      January 23, 2020

    Video-on-demand streaming services have shaken up Australian viewing, but the current dominance of Netflix and Stan is being challenged in turn by a host of new services.  

  • Remembering Australia’s first female ‘undercover’ journalist

    Kerrie Davies     |      January 22, 2020

    A passionate crusader for the rights of women and children, Catherine Hay Thomson went undercover to investigate their treatment in public institutions and testified before a Royal Commission.

  • The myths of Australia’s role in East Timorese independence

    John McCarthy     |      January 20, 2020

    Twenty years after the ballot in which the East Timorese decided their future, it’s time to reflect on Australia’s East Timor legend.

  • The fires expose celebrity faultlines

    Open Forum     |      January 15, 2020

    The connection of the bushfire disaster with climate change is also increasing scrutiny of celebrities and their endorsements.