• Politics and Policy

    Trumpism down-under


    Mark Kenny |  January 19, 2021


    Australians followed the 2020 presidential race in the United States with greater-than-usual interest, but the spectacle might herald a plausible descent for Australia’s politics, too.


  • Coronavirus

    Lessons learned from the plague year


    Connor Bamford |  January 19, 2021


    A year on, the COVID pandemic has proved the value of science and the importance of social solidarity in the face of a common threat.


  • Media

    Images and distorted facts


    Mark Pearson |  January 19, 2021


    We live in a dangerous age where the internet makes it possible to spread misinformation far and wide and many people lack the skills to discern fact from fiction. Here are five ways for us all to improve our media literacy and fact-checking skills.


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  • Fight for the future

    Open Forum     |      January 14, 2021

    A loss of biodiversity and accelerating climate change in the coming decades coupled with ignorance and inaction is threatening the survival of all species, including our very own, according to the experts from institutions including Stanford University, UCLA, and Flinders University.

  • How weather affects our consumption

    Victoria Tichá     |      January 14, 2021

    Marketers and business managers benefit from knowing why weather may be associated with increased consumption and how this process may differ between men and women.

  • Trump’s Twitter ban and the limits of free speech

    Conor McLaughlin     |      January 14, 2021

    Trump’s recent suspension from social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook raises questions about the limits of free speech in a functioning democracy. The recent move signals that while online platforms welcome debate, when it is accompanied by violence they must draw a line.

  • Long term repercussions of the Capitol incursion

    Carla Winston     |      January 13, 2021

    The violent mob storming the US Capitol building has been described as a failed ‘coup attempt’ but though Joe Biden has been confirmed as President-Elect, the fallout could have much broader implications.

  • One black summer

    Open Forum     |      January 13, 2021

    The 2019/20 Black Summer bushfires were a “wake up call” demonstrating the extreme effects of climate change in Australia, according to a group of experts who’ve published a new study examining the factors that caused the disaster.

  • 5 New Year’s resolutions for successful career growth

    Sophia Smith     |      January 13, 2021

    Many of us made New Year resolutions for our personal lives, but adopting some fresh habits in our working lives can also improve our professional lives.

  • Housing locational disadvantages in Sydney

    Khandakar Al Farid Uddin     |      January 12, 2021

    Plans to concentrate new housing in Western Sydney should be revised to ensure adequate additional infrastructure is provided and more diverse and equitable solutions are explored.

  • Lead – but not easily

    Max Thomas     |      January 12, 2021

    The Victorian state planning minister has intervened to approve a secondary lead smelter in the Latrobe Valley following the refusal of the local council to issue a permit, but are environmental objections justified?

  • Gen-2D

    Mark Nicol     |      January 12, 2021

    People’s dependence on their mobile phones, and society’s reliance on integrated information systems, has not only eroded individual self-reliance but left the free world vulnerable to virtual attack from its enemies.

  • COVID has increased trust in government and science

    Open Forum     |      January 11, 2021

    New Curtin University research has found a dramatic increase in people’s trust in government in Australia and New Zealand as a result of the COVID pandemic.

  • Will Biden change the US stance in South Asia?

    Michael Kugelman     |      January 11, 2021

    The incoming Biden administration will offer both change and continuity for US foreign policy, presenting both new opportunities and fresh challenges for the South Asia region.

  • Understanding the Earth’s air conditioning

    Open Forum     |      January 11, 2021

    Bacteria in the soil of the world’s grasslands, forests, wetlands and deserts are always quietly working to transform trace gases in the atmosphere.