• Politics and Policy

    Trumpism down-under


    Mark Kenny |  January 19, 2021


    Australians followed the 2020 presidential race in the United States with greater-than-usual interest, but the spectacle might herald a plausible descent for Australia’s politics, too.


  • Coronavirus

    Lessons learned from the plague year


    Connor Bamford |  January 19, 2021


    A year on, the COVID pandemic has proved the value of science and the importance of social solidarity in the face of a common threat.


  • Media

    Images and distorted facts


    Mark Pearson |  January 19, 2021


    We live in a dangerous age where the internet makes it possible to spread misinformation far and wide and many people lack the skills to discern fact from fiction. Here are five ways for us all to improve our media literacy and fact-checking skills.


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  • 5 ways to build hope this year

    Jacqueline Mattis     |      January 10, 2021

    We live in turbulent times, and after a torrid 2020, the New Year has begun with even more shocks and surprises. Cultivating a sense of individual hope and resilience can help people weather difficult times and improve the prospects for others.

  • Arvanitakis on American politics: The future of American democracy

    James Arvanitakis     |      January 9, 2021

    The tumultuous events of this week left many in despair at the state of American democracy, but they could yet prove a turning point in healing the political divisions of recent years.

  • Shutting the stable doors of social media

    Timothy Graham     |      January 8, 2021

    The past few years have presented high stakes . Yet there have been plenty of opportunities to stop the situation snowballing to where it is now.

  • Phasing out coal while maintaining energy security

    Daniel D'Hotman     |      January 8, 2021

    The end of coal-fired generation in Australia is inevitable. The only questions are when coal-fired power stations will close and how well Australia will manage that phasedown.

  • Hang in there, Australia

    Brendan Crabb     |      January 8, 2021

    Australia’s COVID exit strategy will be built around vaccines, but current COVID controls may still be required for another year, and perhaps some will endure beyond that.

  • What drove Trump supporters’ brazen storming of the Capitol?

    David Smith     |      January 7, 2021

    After weeks of President Donald Trump’s baseless claims about voter fraud, Washington erupted in chaos when his supporters stormed the Capitol during a joint session of Congress to certify the results.

  • Anarchy in the USA

    Clayton Besaw     |      January 7, 2021

    The U.S. didn’t have a coup, but if political leaders on all sides don’t stand up for democracy, this Trump-encouraged insurrection is likely to send the country down a politically and socially turbulent road.

  • Sharing the sovereign and the substance of Indigenous recognition

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      January 7, 2021

    The thorny question of indigenous rights in Canada, New Zealand and Australia is evolving as international best practice is shared.

  • Remembering Indigenous figures in Australian history

    Open Forum     |      January 6, 2021

    The role played by an aboriginal woman called Turandurey and her daughter Ballandella in an early colonial expedition are among 25 new biographies published by the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

  • Early to bed, early to rise…

    Open Forum     |      January 6, 2021

    Staying up late is often a special treat for the kids over the holidays, but if it becomes a habit it could damage their health and wellbeing, according to new research from the University of South Australia.

  • Stop the squeal

    Gwilym David Blunt     |      January 6, 2021

    Donald Trump’s egotistical attempts to subvert, rewrite or ignore his re-election defeat might best be punished by ignoring him once he leaves office.

  • The Christmas gifts that keep giving – your data away

    Paul Haskell-Dowland     |      January 5, 2021

    It’s exciting to get tech gifts for Christmas, but few of us stop to consider how our new devices may open channels between ourselves and cyber criminals. With this in mind, here are some simple tips to help you lock down your digital footprint this year.