• Business

    ESG investing in people and the planet


    Rosemary Addis |  April 24, 2024


    Environmental and social issues need to be considered together for sustainable finance reforms to contribute positively to the wellbeing of the planet and its people.


  • Artificial Intelligence

    The idea factory


    Open Forum |  April 24, 2024


    AI chatbots can offer a novel avenue for idea generation, simulating multidisciplinary workshops that traditionally require significant time and resources. Soon we won’t need people at all, will we?


  • Health

    Australia’s healthy health sector


    Open Forum |  April 24, 2024


    New research from the Productivity Commission has found Australia’s healthcare system delivers some of the best value for money of any in the world.


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  • Parkruns not pills

    Siân Slade     |      March 18, 2024

    ‘Social prescribing’ sees health professionals connect patients to non-medical services and physical activities to improve their health and wellbeing.

  • Ten years after

    Stefan Wolff     |      March 18, 2024

    It is ten years since Russia illegally annexed Crimea on March 18 2014. Subsequent efforts to firmly integrate the peninsula into the Russian Federation, however, have been far from the success story that the Kremlin often likes to portray.

  • Happiness without freedom, or freedom without happiness

    Sheila Fitzpatrick     |      March 16, 2024

    This year is the centenary of Russian writer Yevgeny Zamyatin’s dystopian novel We – a major influence on George Orwell’s dystopia 1984 and a seminal work of science fiction.

  • Angry young men

    Josh Roose     |      March 16, 2024

    Dire economic prospects are opening the door for an angry world of emotional manipulation that is targeting young men.

  • It happened one night – 90 years ago

    Alexander Sergeant     |      March 16, 2024

    Frank Capra’s cynical romantic fable, It Happened One Night, celebrates its 90th anniversary this year and is well due a critical revisit.

  • The four waves of feminism

    Open Forum     |      March 15, 2024

    Feminist history is generally packaged as a story of “waves”, the first lasting from the mid-19th century to 1920. The second wave spanned the 1960s to the early 1980s. The third wave began in the mid-1990s and lasted until the 2010s and some say we are experiencing a fourth wave in the online age of today.

  • Political bees and talking pigs

    Julia Kindt     |      March 15, 2024

    The differences and similarities between humans and (other) animals fascinated ancient philosophers and story tellers, and are still a point of scientific and moral contention today.

  • Does long COVID exist?

    Open Forum     |      March 15, 2024

    Long COVID may be no different to other post-viral syndromes, according to Australian research which found that people who tested positive for COVID-19 a year ago were no more likely to report moderate-to-severe functional limitations than people who had influenza.

  • How to have better arguments

    Sherry Landow     |      March 15, 2024

    Taking steps to fine-tune our argument style can help clarify our thoughts, increase positive debate, reduce anger and emotion, and help us reach a common understanding of the truth more often.

  • Junk food for the mind

    Marten Risius     |      March 15, 2024

    Generative AI is pumping out endless torrents of garbage books, pictures and social media posts for scammers and fraudsters – up to 70% of tweets on Elon Musk’s X are generated by bots – undermining the public’s trust in all kinds of online information.

  • A sham election in a hollow state

    Matthew Sussex     |      March 15, 2024

    Having murdered or imprisoned anyone who dared stand up to his murderous rule, Vladimir Putin will install himself for yet another term as Russian President this weekend, driving his country ever further down a dark road of repression, aggression and decay.

  • Be brave like Ukraine

    Anastasiya Byesyedina     |      March 14, 2024

    The Pope may be calling for Ukraine to surrender, but the people of Ukraine will fight on for their freedom, their culture and their lives. We must do all we can to support them.