• Economy

    Is technology slowing growth?


    Richard Holden |  June 19, 2021


    Technology is usually assumed to be a spur for growth, but recent innovations may have actually reduced global economic productivity.


  • Economy

    Maintaining ethical supply chains


    Medo Pournader |  June 19, 2021


    Human rights groups and researchers are warning that a combination of increased unemployment and new demand for labour in expanding areas like personal protective equipment (PPE) and agriculture means there is a real risk of increased worker exploitation and even slavery.


  • International

    The magnificent G7


    David Vines |  June 19, 2021


    The Cornwall G7 conference produced some impressive sounding pledges but the proof of the new spirit of international cooperation will be in the detail of their implementation.


Latest Story

  • High jinks with helium

    Alan Stevenson     |      June 14, 2021

    Helium is best known as the gas used in airships and party balloons, but its rarity gives it a strategic significance which may have shaped Australia’s engagement with East Timor.

  • One cold day doesn’t stop global warming

    Nerilie Abram     |      June 14, 2021

    A chilly winter spell doesn’t negate more than a century of global warming. We need the political leadership to set the world on a safer path. Ill-informed tweets by government senators won’t help.

  • Your face does not belong to Facebook

    Sarah Monazam Erfani     |      June 13, 2021

    Every photograph we share on the internet is used by data giants such as Google and Facebook and used to track us and sell advertising. Adding ‘noise’ to these photos could restore some semblance of privacy.

  • Picking up the pace

    Gillian Savage     |      June 13, 2021

    Now more than ever Australia needs to be innovative, and knowing our strengths – and weaknesses – in science and technology base is the key to progress.

  • The green shoots of recovery

    Open Forum     |      June 12, 2021

    While Germany, Italy and the United States will participate in the G7 summit as global leaders in green competitiveness, Australia will attend as a ‘green laggard’, according to a new global analysis. 

  • The ethics of AI

    Craig Donaldson     |      June 12, 2021

    While many organisations are implementing artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions, there are costs and risks that need to be carefully considered.

  • More green, fewer blues

    Thomas Astell-Burt     |      June 11, 2021

    Our cities are increasingly crowded but people feel lonelier than ever. As our trees and gardens are replaced by ever denser housing and concrete drives, retaining more green space would help people socialise or commune with nature.

  • The road to hell

    Open Forum     |      June 11, 2021

    Health impacts of major transport projects are too often glossed over during the planning phases, allowing issues such as air and noise pollution, residents’ mental health and impact on children’s health to escape the scrutiny they deserve.

  • Turning the page on China

    Michael Shoebridge     |      June 11, 2021

    This weekend’s G7 leaders’ summit in Cornwall could mark a turning point in the free world’s response to China, replacing a bilateral economic approach with a united strategic vision.

  • The cost of everything and the value of nothing

    Jessica Holz     |      June 10, 2021

    Oscar Wilde defined cynics as those who “know the price of everything and the value of nothing” but the cynical destruction of our vital eco-systems might be slowed by putting a financial value on their retention.

  • A helping hand for mothers

    Open Forum     |      June 10, 2021

    Recognising the symptoms of maternal anxiety and depression can be difficult, but a new app developed by the University of South Australia and parent support group Village Foundation will help thousands of women monitor their mental health during pregnancy and after birth.

  • Putin’s “mini-me”

    Anastasiya Byesyedina     |      June 9, 2021

    Alexander Lukashenko consolidated his brutal authoritarian reputation following the hijacking, arrest and harsh treatment of journalist Roman Protasevich in an outrageous act which his big brother in Russia would have been proud of.