• Science and Technology

    US–China tech rivalry reflects contrasting cyber cultures


    Katherine Mansted |  May 25, 2019


    Whether technology has ‘good’ or ‘bad’ effects can depend on the social and political context it came from, and American and Chinese tech companies have very different roots in their societies.


  • Politics and Policy

    What next for Scott Morrison?


    Open Forum |  May 25, 2019


    Political science and election history offer some clues as to why the pundits failed on election night and Scott Morrison inched towards a famous victory, but what – if anything – will he do with power now?


  • Politics and Policy

    What next for Labor?


    Michelle Grattan |  May 25, 2019


    Anthony Albanese will face some tricky choices given the need to redouble Labor’s appeal to middle class suburbia while keeping left wing and progressive activists on board.


Latest Story

  • How Labor lost the people

    Geoffrey Robinson     |      May 20, 2019

    After confidently predicting a Labor victory for the last three years, the pundits are now explaining the reasons why Labor lost. Central to the defeat was the party’s inability to convince enough people it would make their lives better in the future, rather than threaten their prosperity today.

  • Mighty oaks from little acorns grow: The success story of Bio21

    Robert Crompton     |      May 20, 2019

    The Bio21 Hub was established in 1998 through a collaboration between Melbourne University Science Departments and Research Institutes including the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.  This 20 year relationship has now led to break-through commercialisation of cancer research in partnership with major pharmaceutical companies.

  • What comes next for the ‘miracle man’?

    Marija Taflaga     |      May 20, 2019

    Scott Morrison’s election victory shocked the pundits but his lack of a policy agenda for the new term is not the only question mark over the future of the Liberal Party.

  • Scott Morrison hails ‘miracle’ as Coalition snatches unexpected victory

    Michelle Grattan     |      May 19, 2019

    As with Brexit and Donald Trump, a thousand confident polls and prognostications by the commentariat were proved completely wrong by the voting public. When it came to election day, Australians baulked at Labor’s long list of tax and spend promises and kept faith with the Coalition.

  • Australia’s “strategic personality” in a changing world

    Rod Lyon     |      May 19, 2019

    Beyond the tourist images of barbecues and beaches, what is Australia’s ‘personality’ in international affairs, and how might that change in the future?

  • Anywhere v somewhere = nowhere

    Paul Dibb     |      May 19, 2019

    A growing schism between educated, affluent ‘anywhere’s and the ‘somewhere’s left behind by the rapid pace of change are weakening the West and encourage the ambitions of authoritarian competitors.

  • Improving Australia’s health system beyond the election

    Maarten IJzerman     |      May 18, 2019

    While Australia has one of the best healthcare systems in the world, the major political parties are failing to address its long term sustainability at a time of demographic and technological change.

  • The 2019 federal election: the polls, Parliament and parties

    Zareh Ghazarian     |      May 18, 2019

    After a lengthy campaign, which really started when Scott Morrison became Prime Minister in September last year, election day is finally here.

  • The last election where anyone cares?

    Mark Triffitt     |      May 18, 2019

    Faith in democracy is plummeting among Australians, and the connection voters had with a leader like Bob Hawke now seems out of reach. Is this the last election where enough people really care?

  • We must make this a climate change election for the sake of our children

    Ingo Weber     |      May 17, 2019

    Climate change is the greatest threat that humanity has ever had to face, and it is children who will pay the biggest price with their health.  This Saturday’s election could be crucial in determining whether we have a future or not.

  • Farewell to Bob Hawke

    Frank Bongiorno     |      May 17, 2019

    On the cusp of probable re-election of a Labor government, Labor’s greatest leader of recent times has passed away.

  • Whatever happened to the “populist surge”?

    Gregory Melleuish     |      May 17, 2019

    Australian populism is more a form of long-term grumble about the state of the world than a sharp reaction to the threat of cultural loss and has had little impact on the election.