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  • The Pacific step-up turns four

    Graeme Dobell     |      September 10, 2020

    Australia’s much vaunted South Pacific ‘step-up’ has reached its fourth birthday and it remains an ambitious work in progress.

  • Slithering to extinction

    Open Forum     |      September 10, 2020

    At least 11 species of snakes and lizards are likely to become extinct by 2040 unless conservation action is stepped up, with around 20 snakes and lizards also at risk of extinction.

  • China’s debt-trap diplomacy threatens PNG

    Jeffrey Wall     |      September 10, 2020

    The rapidly deteriorating state of Papua New Guinea’s economy is increasing the danger of China applying economic pressure to extract political concessions.

  • The human predicament – Towards a holistic solution

    Mark Nicol     |      September 9, 2020

    Reconciling the wisdom of religion, philosophy and science in pursuit of a sustainable future is no easy task, but stripping the illusions we comfort ourselves with can at least help us squarely face the challenges ahead.

  • Navigating relationships in uncertain times

    Amy Vu     |      September 9, 2020

    The latest research by The Medical Journal of Australia found that significant feelings of depression or anxiety were being experienced by 25% of people after just the first month of COVID-19 restrictions.

  • Covid-19 shows the need to accelerate national policymaking

    Gillian Savage     |      September 9, 2020

    If Covid-19 has taught us anything, it’s that Australia needs to link long-term planning with emergency and operational coordination.

  • Bridging the class divide in online education

    Open Forum     |      September 9, 2020

    Monash researchers are offering guidance for schools, teachers and parents to help students cope during these challenging times away from the classroom and familiar faces.

  • Time for a domestic security white paper

    Leanne Close     |      September 8, 2020

    Areas such as counterterrorism, foreign interference, transnational organised crime, cybercrime, anti-corruption, money-laundering and financial crimes require strong leadership and effective national coordination.

  • The return of international students

    Helen Forbes Mewett     |      September 8, 2020

    Although many sectors have been hit hard by the pandemic, the impact on the university sector has been particularly pronounced, but plans for the return for international students are being made already.

  • Our food system needs an overhaul

    Open Forum     |      September 8, 2020

    The Australian government needs a strategic policy approach to food, according to a new report by the Commission for the Human Future.

  • Actions speak louder than words

    Michael Shoebridge     |      September 7, 2020

    The detention of Australian journalist Cheng Lei gives lie to Chinese President Xi’s supposed ‘reform and opening up’ agenda.

  • Better ways to manage quarantine

    Marika Vicziany     |      September 7, 2020

    “He shall be unclean as long as the disease is on him. Being unclean, he shall dwell apart; his dwelling shall be outside the camp.” – The Book of Leviticus 13-14