• Culture

    A toast to Pyrrho’s Hog


    Matthew Sharpe |  July 15, 2024


    Montaigne was the first essayist, and perhaps the first modern philosopher, who used the different schools of post-platonic Greek thought to turn the lens of philosophy not on the world, but on himself.


  • China

    Facing China together


    Andrew Forrest |  July 15, 2024


    Australia’s leaders must be clear about the threat which an aggressive authoritarian China poses to the world, and the need for resolve in defending our freedom.


  • Society

    In praise of Stephen King


    Hannah Murray |  July 15, 2024


    Stephen King has been pumping out horror fiction for over half a century, but Carrie, Pennywise and The Stand endure because his stories are grounded in an authentic depiction of modern suburbia.


Latest Story

  • Was it The Sun wot won it?

    David Rowe     |      July 6, 2024

    It is common wisdom that right-wing British newspapers help shape its political climate, so why has the Labour Party swept to power in a historic landslide victory?

  • Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

    Andrew Henderson     |      July 6, 2024

    Eggs are the latest staple food to be in short supply in Australia’s supermarkets, amplifying calls for a proper food security strategy.

  • Playing by the rules

    William Winberg     |      July 6, 2024

    The much-vaunted “rule based international order” needs the support of mid-tier nations to survive the aggression of authoritarian states.

  • ASIC under the microscope

    Jason Harris     |      July 5, 2024

    A new Senate report calls for Australia’s corporate watchdog, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), to be replaced by 2 more responsive regulatory agencies.

  • Early warning alert

    Chris Taylor     |      July 5, 2024

    Dictators and hostile states from Hitler’s Germany to Putin’s Russia and Xi’s China tend to flag their actions long before the shooting starts, and a new national Centre to issue strategic warnings of all types could help Australia prepare.

  • Four wheels bad, two wheels good

    Dorina Pojani     |      July 5, 2024

    Encouraging more people to cycle rather than drive could involve ditching mandatory helmet laws.

  • A healthy Australia

    Open Forum     |      July 4, 2024

    Australians’ overall health continues to fare well when compared with similar countries despite significant impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing burden of chronic conditions.

  • NATO at 75

    Robert Wihtol     |      July 4, 2024

    NATO’s visibility has waxed and waned, but Russia’s war of aggression on Ukraine has put the alliance firmly in the spotlight and may be its greatest challenge to date.

  • It’s life, Jim, but not as we know it

    Sherry Landow     |      July 4, 2024

    It’s not every day that you find out you’ve been sharing your desk with an ancient life form which may be half as old as Earth itself.

  • America v America

    Emma Shortis     |      July 3, 2024

    A new book, The Forever War, argues that America’s extreme polarisation has been 250 years in the making as the roots of its modern-day malaise can be found in its troubled and unresolved past.

  • Farewell transmission

    Mark Taylor     |      July 3, 2024

    He performed in bars and small town halls and drank himself to death in relative obscurity, but Jason Molina may just be the best American songwriter of his generation.

  • Send lawyers, guns and money

    Potter Wellett     |      July 3, 2024

    Record labels are suing tech companies for training their models on classic songs and the results could shape the legal future of generative AI.