• Education

    School-leavers need better career education to make good choices


    Open Forum |  September 19, 2019


    The latest report from Global Access Partners (GAP) says universities should be encouraged to offer credit to school-leavers who achieve high results in relevant senior secondary courses, as well as develop new courses for specialist career educators.


  • Education

    The challenge of the contemporary university


    James Arvanitakis |  September 19, 2019


    Professor James Arvanitakis argues that universities must consciously train graduates to be active, engaged, empowered and committed citizens, as well as pursuing traditional scholarship, if the world’s ‘wicked problems’ are to be addressed in time.


  • Society

    Treading softly in power diplomacy


    Natalia Grincheva |  September 19, 2019


    Museums have emerged as new and effective actors of cultural soft power, including institutions in countries like China and Russia whose interests and actions seem diametrically opposed to the West.


Latest Story

  • Bainimarama visit highlights Pacific “family ties”

    Richard Herr     |      September 11, 2019

    Scott Morrison has emphasised Australia’s ‘family relationship’ with Pacific nations, and we’ll get a good idea of the state of relations when Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama visits Canberra this week.

  • Will Victoria run out of power next summer?

    Peter Farley     |      September 10, 2019

    Despite the scare stories, a detailed investigation of Victoria’s power and storage capacity suggests that power shortages are unlikely next summer.

  • Britain left bereft by Brexit

    Graeme Dobell     |      September 10, 2019

    Whatever sort of Britain emerges from the other side of Brexit, it’ll have a reduced role and reputation in Europe and perhaps the world.

  • Farmers flouting land clearing laws threaten rare species

    Open Forum     |      September 10, 2019

    Farmers and developers have destroyed more than 7.7 million hectares of threatened species habitat in the 21st century, revealing critical failures in Australia’s federal and state environmental protection laws.

  • From Townsville to Tuvalu

    Annette Bos     |      September 9, 2019

    Most people accept that climate change is transforming the global atmosphere and environment, but far fewer people understand the significant effects that climate change and environmental change are already having on human health. 

  • Slowing growth may mean some tough decisions

    Richard Holden     |      September 9, 2019

    We’ve entered out 29th year of uninterpreted economic growth, but our chances of continuing the streak may depend on making some difficult choices.

  • Conviction politics: How prisoners shaped Australian democracy

    Open Forum     |      September 9, 2019

    British deportees aren’t often celebrated for their contribution to the nation’s progressive political traditions, but they played a vital part in building the country’s values as well as early infrastructure.

  • Vaccines: Fact vs fiction

    Erika Long     |      September 8, 2019

    Despite the ill-informed controversies and internet misinformation, vaccination remains one of the most important and safest ways to protect yourself and your children from a range of dangerous diseases.

  • Phoenix from the ashes

    Kingsley Dixon     |      September 8, 2019

    Bushfires can devastate our precious forests, but their smoke also encourages the germination of long-buried seeds, a trick gardeners can use to coax seeds into life in their gardens.

  • A century on: remembering the Australians who fought in the Russian Civil War

    David Sutton     |      September 8, 2019

    The Russian Civil War killed as many as 10 million people and the Bolshevik victory gave a bloody birth to the Soviet state. Small numbers of Western forces fought the communists, including a handful of Australians in the wake of the Great War.

  • Smartphones can help tackle Australia’s mental health crisis

    Open Forum     |      September 8, 2019

    With smartphones and smart devices now ubiquitous in most Australian homes, a review by the Black Dog Institute has identified how these technologies can be used to identify, prevent and help treat mental illness. 

  • Arvanitakis on American politics

    James Arvanitakis     |      September 7, 2019

    The race for the American presidency is already hotting up, with Democratic contenders vying for the chance to challenge the incumbent. Professor James Arvanitakis is in the USA and assess their chances of success in the light of Trump’s popularity in middle America.