• Politics and Policy

    Labor’s first term report card


    John Quiggin |  May 19, 2024


    The Albanese government’s electoral strategy has constrained it to do little more than tweak the policy settings it inherited from the previous government, and adopt them as its own.


  • Society

    Vaccines save lives


    Sheel Meru |  May 19, 2024


    The chance of living one more year is up to 44 per cent more likely thanks to the past 50 years of vaccines, according to new research. But global drops in vaccine coverage pose a risk to further progress.


  • Pacific

    The good, the bad and the ugly


    Alan Tidwell |  May 19, 2024


    America’s Congress cannot play games with funding of initiatives in the Pacific. Nor can policymakers merely continue with existing and outdated programs. Too much is at stake.


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  • Australia in the global supply chain

    Ian Satchwell     |      May 14, 2024

    The Albanese government’s “A Future Made in Australia policy” should be understood with a bit more nuance than its name implies.

  • Cleaning up the chemical industry

    Open Forum     |      May 14, 2024

    The global chemical industry is a major fossil fuel consumer and climate change contributor; however, new Curtin University research has identified how the sector could clean up its green credentials by “getting dirty”.

  • A bright future for dark matter

    Harry Desmond     |      May 14, 2024

    While the ‘dark matter’ theory remains unsatisfactory in many ways, recent scientific observations seem to undermine one of its main rivals to explain discrepancies in our view of the universe.

  • All’s not well with the Pacific mobility labour scheme

    Sarah Gosper     |      May 13, 2024

    As Australia seeks to press reset on its relationship with Pacific neighbours, centring the voice, rights, needs and priorities of Pacific countries regarding the PALM scheme will be crucial to maintaining stability and mutual respect in the region.

  • Grandmothers could be the answer to adolescent angst

    Open Forum     |      May 13, 2024

    New research has found that investment by maternal grandmothers into grandchildren who have suffered multiple adverse early life experiences could significantly reduce emotional and behavioural problems in these children.

  • Working together

    Nilufar Ahmed     |      May 13, 2024

    As society becomes more individualised, with many people moving away from their community and family, the workplace has become an increasingly important source of meaning, connection and friendship.

  • Apple crush

    Kim Watts     |      May 12, 2024

    Apple sparked outrage across the internet after releasing an advert for its new iPad Pro which unintentionally served as a dystopian vision for AI and big tech crushing, absorbing and appropriating human creativity.

  • Consultancy blues

    Marty Bortz     |      May 12, 2024

    The drive to privatise everything has led to consultants taking on the work of public servants. But at what cost? The PwC scandal in Australia highlights how the excessive use of consultants has very real implications for democratic decision-making.

  • Oysters ahoy

    Open Forum     |      May 12, 2024

    Dredging and fishing have destroyed thousands of miles of oyster reefs around the Australian coast, but a new project proves they can be restored to provide fresh marine habitat.

  • Are friends electric?

    Dan Weijers     |      May 11, 2024

    Modern technology has rendered us increasingly lonely, but rather than re-embrace real relationhips, technology companies want to solve the problem with yet more technology.

  • The birth and death of democracy

    George Lawson     |      May 11, 2024

    In their interesting, carefully crafted book on the problems facing liberal international order, Peter Trubowitz and Brian Burgoon argue that the geopolitical predicament facing the Western democracies is premised on their domestic politics.

  • Standing up for the Uyghurs

    Ronald Brown     |      May 11, 2024

    International efforts to address human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region include targeted sanctions and legislative measures, so what action is Australian taking on this vital issue?