• Society

    Get back to 50 years ago


    David McCooey |  November 28, 2021


    The Beatles’ Get Back project, begun in January 1969, has finally been completed with the release of Peter Jackson’s epic documentary.


  • Coronavirus

    Ominous Omicron


    Open Forum |  November 28, 2021


    Just as the pandemic seemed to be over, a new variant has emerged from South Africa to spark a wave of concern and new travel restrictions around the world.


  • China

    From Mao to now


    Robert Wihtol |  November 27, 2021


    David Shambaugh’s new book is essential reading for anyone interested in the power plays which shape the Chinese Communist party.


Latest Story

  • The power of Indigenous diplomacy

    Anastasia Kapetas     |      November 23, 2021

    Australia’s Indigenous nations have their own traditions of relationship-building and diplomacy which could help strengthen our ties with the Pacific.

  • Opening Australia’s trade window

    David Widdowson     |      November 21, 2021

    Trade-related regulatory requirements are administered and enforced by more than 30 agencies at the federal level in Australia, as well as some at the state and territory level, with little coordination between them.

  • Entrepreneurship for all

    Lisa Bosman     |      November 21, 2021

    It’s time to integrate the entrepreneurial mindset across the university and truly prepare students to succeed in the post-pandemic world.

  • Facts, faith and the future

    Alan Stevenson     |      November 21, 2021

    Scientific fact, rather than religion faith, should motivate decision making in the face of growing challenges.

  • Chill, folks

    Richard Holden     |      November 21, 2021

    True wages growth, and true price growth, is probably less than the official figures suggest – meaning there’s no need for alarm about inflation in Australia.

  • Reconsidering Australia’s interests after COP26

    Wesley Morgan     |      November 21, 2021

    Australia’s approach to international relations is defined by support for a rules-based global order. After Glasgow, it’s time to reconsider Australia’s national interests in the context of a world shifting toward net-zero emissions.

  • Strong men on and off the field

    Jessie Moritz     |      November 20, 2021

    Saudi Arabia seeks to play an increasingly visible role in European football but the purchase of Newcastle United Football Club reflects the wider trend of authoritarian governments investing in international sports.

  • The brave new world of neuroscience

    Yongsoo Kim     |      November 20, 2021

    Mapping cell types in the brain and how they communicate with one another allows neuroscientists to understand how the brain works, and what happens when cells go missing or malfunction.

  • The defence of Australia begins in Taiwan

    Peter Jennings     |      November 20, 2021

    China is building up its military at breakneck speed and preparing to strike at Taiwan. While its apologists will frame the invasion as inevitable, and in internal affair, Australia and the world’s democracies cannot stand helplessly aside.

  • Where is Peng Shuai?

    Fergus Ryan     |      November 20, 2021

    As international concern about Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai’s whereabouts grows and more of the world’s top tennis stars weigh in, Beijing’s propagandists are floundering.

  • Alone together

    Open Forum     |      November 19, 2021

    While public trust in government and the police increased during the pandemic, the damage done to our social connections during prolonged lockdowns left us lonelier than ever.

  • Open all hours

    Kathy Bowrey     |      November 19, 2021

    Inspired by a European open-access initiative, Chief Scientist Cathy Foley wants to make all publicly funded Australian research publications free for the public to read.