• Society

    Behavioural economics in times of uncertainty


    Peter Fritz |  July 14, 2020


    The new edition of the Journal of Behavioural Economics and Social Systems explores the potential of Second Track processes to tackle wicked problems by focusing on several specific examples, from mergers and acquisitions, responses to the pandemic and university-industry collaborations to Pacific development, disruptive technologies and workforce transformation.


  • Human Interest

    Two leaders with the right stuff


    Ian Munro |  July 14, 2020


    Gladys Berejiklian and Sally Capp, the winners of the 2019 McKinnon Political Prize for Political Leadership, have successfully mixed strength with empathy in recent years.


  • Business

    Saving Melbourne’s small businesses 


    John Vaz |  July 14, 2020


    Six more weeks of lockdown for Melbourne’s five million residents will kill off many small and medium-sized businesses unless there are critical changes to federal and state government assistance policies.


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  • My first Ironman

    Katrina Cousins     |      August 23, 2012

    After riding 800km in the Smiddy Pyrenees charity bike challenge, with more than 12000m of climbing in five days, most people would consider having a break. A long break. Not so for Katrina Cousins – two weeks after her Pyrenees challenge, she decided she would participate in her first Ironman.

    What’s an Ironman?

  • What does plain packaging tobacco mean for the future?

    Stafford Sanders     |      August 22, 2012

    The packaging of tobacco is a major part of its advertising. Stafford Sanders says this month's ruling by the Australian High Court to allow plain packaging will see a change in tobacco sales around the world.

  • The case for bipartisanship on Kyoto

    Will McGoldrick     |      August 21, 2012

    The Kyoto Protocol is seen as an important first step towards a truly global emission reduction regime. The first phase of the agreement ends in December after which a new one needs to be negotiated. Will McGoldrick says it is time it received bipartisan support.

    Given the bruising carbon price debate, most people would think it mad to suggest that Australia’s next big decision on climate policy can and should receive bipartisan support. But there’s a convincing case for this to happen, as both sides of politics look beyond the rhetoric.

    Phase one of the Kyoto Protocol comes to an end in December this year and countries are now being asked to sign on to new targets for a second commitment period which will kick-off in 2013.

  • The wonder of books stays the same

    Julie Wells     |      August 19, 2012

    Book Week is the longest running children’s festival in Australia, and at 67 years old it still celebrates the wonder of books and Australian authors and illustrators. Julie Wells says in 2012 books may be changing, but stories aren’t.

  • How watching the Olympics and Paralympics can help break down stereotypes

    Paul Oliver     |      August 17, 2012

    The Olympics Games have had their fair share of racial tension in the past but today’s games are billed as promoting cultural exchange and diversity. Paul Oliver says they have the power to make us reconsider our stereotypes or prejudices.

  • Sport opens communication between cultures

    Ali Abbas     |      August 16, 2012

    Sydney FC is one of the most successful teams in Australia and home to some high-profile players and supporters. The A-League club’s new recruit, Iraqi midfielder Ali Abbas says his football journey has been full of surprises.

  • Uncategorised

    Plain packaging laws upheld

    editor     |      August 15, 2012

    The High Court has confirmed the Australian Government’s legal right to proceed with the mandatory plain packaging of tobacco.

    Tobaco company claims that the legislation is unconstitutional were rejected by the High Court. From December all tobacco products sold in Australia must be in standardised green-brown packs, which will include larger graphic health warnings on the front.

    Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said the federal government’s High Court victory on plain packaging is a watershed moment for tobacco control globally.

    Tobacco companies argue the move will lead to higher rates of smoking and they’re vowing to continue their fight against the laws.
     

  • Sudden death in young athletes a heart stopping event

    Noby Leong     |      August 15, 2012

    We have all heard of seemingly fit and healthy athletes who have suddenly dropped dead. It’s tempting to think drugs or foul play were involved but Noby Leong says there is a genetic cause that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest.

  • London calling: Australia and the 2012 Olympic Games

    Daryl Adair     |      August 14, 2012

    Did our Olympians let us down in London, as the media seems to be suggesting? Or are we proud of their sporting spirit and whole-hearted participation? Daryl Adair says we need to reflect sensibly on what is realistic and stop obsessing about gold.

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    Asylum seeker policy released

    editor     |      August 13, 2012

    Asylum seekers (Getty Images)The Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers, led by Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, has released its findings on asylum seeker policy.

    The report recommends offshore processing in both Malaysia and Nauru and the re-opening of the detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island. They are among 22 key recommendations delivered to the Federal Government on the policy options available to prevent asylum seekers risking their lives on dangerous boat journeys to Australia.

    Mr Houston said the Panel had proposed a way forward that it believed would address the challenges that Australia faced over the short, medium and longer term.

  • The state should lead by example with the death penalty

    Anna Martin     |      August 12, 2012

    The death penalty is a divisive issue around with world, with some countries viewing it as necessary justice while others see it as the ultimate denial of human rights. Anna Martin says humane societies must find a better way to deal with crime.

  • Why not Dr Chef?

    Helen Gardiner     |      August 10, 2012

    The chemistry of cooking is one form of science that is dear to us all – if you get it wrong dinner is ruined, but if the formula is right dinner is a triumph. Helen Gardiner says cooking is really just inspired scientific experimentation.