• 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

  • Two is the magic number

    Open Forum     |      June 9, 2021

    The keys to collaboration between small business and the research sector have been revealed in a major new report. A survey of small to medium businesses found those in collaborations with researchers were introducing more products and better protected from the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The best of times, the worst of times

    Frank Bongiorno     |      June 9, 2021

    Public trust in government increased during the COVID crisis, but the jury is out on whether Coalition support will fall due to bungles in the vaccine rollout.

  • Little green numbers

    Anders Sandberg     |      June 9, 2021

    Unidentified flying objects might be many things, but alien spacecraft are most unlikely to be one of them.

  • The start of a new space age

    Rebecca Shrimpton     |      June 8, 2021

    Australians can take pride in their contribution to the first space age in the second half of the 20th century, but effort is needed if we are to optimise our position in this new era.

  • Meet Australia’s largest dinosaur

    Open Forum     |      June 8, 2021

    What’s as long a basketball court, taller than a giant truck and has just stomped into the record books as Australia’s largest dinosaur?

  • Have use-by dates reached their sell-by date?

    Cecilia Duong     |      June 8, 2021

    Next time you’re about to throw food in the rubbish, you should double check the date on it first. Food safety experts say some labelling is confusing – and you could be throwing out food that is actually still perfectly safe to eat.

  • Should we pay Australians to get vaccinated?

    Anthony Scott     |      June 7, 2021

    The incentives for Australians to get their COVID-19 vaccine are all wrong. Carrots, sticks and nudges don’t seem to be working. So, why don’t we pay people to get vaccinated?

  • Countering coercive statecraft

    Peter Hunter     |      June 7, 2021

    Australia can work with our partners in the Indo-Pacific, including the Quad, Indonesia and the Pacific island countries, to adopt cost-imposing strategies that will deter grey-zone political warfare by hostile foreign powers.

  • Wild horses

    Open Forum     |      June 7, 2021

    Deputy Premier John Barilaro has proven firsthand that his Kosciuszko feral horse protection law is an environmental, political and cultural failure,” according to a “Reclaim Kosci” spokesman.

  • Batteries included

    Open Forum     |      June 6, 2021

    Community-scale batteries are already achievable in Australia, will complement existing household batteries and will allow more solar energy to be stored in our suburbs, according to analysis from The Australian National University.   

  • COVID-19 and the global microchip shortage

    John Hopkins     |      June 5, 2021

    The manufacturing world is facing one of its greatest challenges in years in the form of a global shortage of semiconductors – and there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight.

  • Broader education would benefit uni students

    Richard Colledge     |      June 5, 2021

    Despite the government’s quest for “job-readiness”, Australian universities would do well to look at creative ways to develop a more holistic educational experience for all their students.