• Society

    Group punishment just makes kids hate school

    Jeffrey Thomas |  July 16, 2019

    While group punishment is used in Australian schools, it is unfair and unlikely to improve behaviour – so why is it still acceptable in most education department policies?

  • Health

    Health minsters urged to resolve digital data issues

    Open Forum |  July 16, 2019

    Regulatory barriers that limit timely access to population and health data must be resolved to achieve better health outcomes for Australians, according to leading scientists and medical health researchers.

  • Science and Technology

    The music of the spheres

    Kenny McAlpine |  July 16, 2019

    To mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, NASA and the European Space Agency have released a collection of sounds spanning the history of space travel and astronomy. 

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  • The benefits of early years education last a lifetime

    Aileen Ashford     |      July 11, 2019

    New research shows that early years education can help children from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve more of their potential, easing their transition into school and society.

  • Poorer Australians need alternative loan schemes

    Lori Youmshajekian     |      July 11, 2019

    A social lending scheme could help bridge the gap between traditional lenders and government welfare for the 2.1 million Australians under high levels of financial stress.

  • Imperfect as Iran is, engage it with diplomacy, not war

    Suhail Usman     |      July 11, 2019

    Iran is widely seen as an international pariah, and is blamed for supporting terrorists in the middle east and beyond, yet diplomatic engagement could still prove a more productive strategy than military confrontation.

  • Should more Aussie kids study Mandarin?

    Warren Midgley     |      July 10, 2019

    The number of students studying Mandarin in Australian schools nearly doubled between 2008 and 2015, but very few pupils from non-Chinese background will ever become fluent in the language.

  • Understanding the social impact of new technology

    Sarah Pink     |      July 10, 2019

    Thought leaders can help make sense of the fears, hype and reality surrounding artificial intelligence and machine learning through social research.

  • Governments are making fake news a crime – but will it stifle free speech?

    Alana Schetzer     |      July 10, 2019

    Whenever governments get involved in policing the media – even for the best-intended reasons – there is always the possibility of corruption and a reduction in genuine free speech.

  • Value-based health care: how and why it can work in Australia

    Alison Verhoeven     |      July 9, 2019

    The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association recently launched the Australian Centre for Value-Based Health Care to bring together educational and training opportunities, quality research, best-practice case studies and similar resources.

  • Protecting your fitness data from the insurance companies

    Sven Tuzovic     |      July 9, 2019

    Wearable fitness devices are not only being embraced by health conscious consumers, but by a insurance industry keen to use people’s data for their own ends.

  • Strengthening Australian leadership in regional institutions

    Tony Walker     |      July 9, 2019

    The Australian prime minister’s first foreign policy speech last week repositioned Australia as a creative middle power that seeks to develop a regional security architecture. For this he deserves credit, though the test is to realise these ambitions.

  • Cash for clicks?

    Leon Gettler     |      July 8, 2019

    The decision of the Herald Sun to pay its journalists cash bonuses for extra page views and subscriptions could have major implications for the future of the news industry and its role in our democracy.

  • Planting trees to save the planet

    Mark Maslin     |      July 8, 2019

    Restoring the world’s forests on an unprecedented scale may be the best climate change solution available. Covering 900m hectares of land with trees could store up to two thirds of the carbon that humans have released into the atmosphere.

  • Can China export its own authoritarian model?

    William Overholt     |      July 8, 2019

    Are Western leaders right to fear China’s attempts to spread its authoritarian model of government around the world, just as it has exported its manufactured goods?