• Politics and Policy

    Is democracy a victim of COVID-19?


    Tom Gerald Daly |  August 13, 2020


    The sidelining of state and federal parliaments during the COVID-19 crisis, and the emergence of a dominant National Cabinet has raised few public concerns, but is it weakening our democracy?


  • Human Interest

    Turning back the clock


    Zachariah Wylde |  August 13, 2020


    As modern medicine improves, so too does our ability to stave off disease. But can we overcome the most inescapable of afflictions – old age? Researchers around the world are trying to find out.


  • Science and Technology

    Robot wars


    Ben Knight |  August 13, 2020


    An armed weapons system capable of making decisions sounds like it’s straight out of a Terminator movie. But once lethal autonomous weapons are out in the world, there could be no turning back.


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  • Prime Minister, this Asian Century is so last century

    Stephen Kirchner     |      November 7, 2012

    It’s not the first time Australians have heard about how important Asia is to our future, but when PM Julia Gillard released a road map China was the main focus. Stephen Kirchner says we still have some unfinished business in the region.

  • Uncategorised

    20 Game-Changing Technology Trends

    editor     |      November 7, 2012

    technology trendsTechnology futurist and business strategist Daniel Burrus has shared his views on the latest game-changing technologies which will create both disruption and opportunity on a global level over the next five years.

    To find out how you can adapt them to your unique business environment before the competition does, read Daniel’s blog.

    The list of his top ten technology trends include:

  • The Importance of Movember

    Tom Rogerson     |      November 5, 2012

    In the last four years, Movember has invested more than $27 million in prostate cancer research in Australia and currently supports 61 active research projects in five states. An active Movember supporter, Tom Rogerson explains what motivates him to participate.

    When we think of risk factors for cancer, diabetes and heart disease we often think of lifestyle habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol and poor diet. However, what if I told you that you’re at a higher risk of these diseases, and dying from them, just because you’re a male? It is an inequity we don’t often talk about but, in Australia, males can expect a life span that is on average five years shorter than females.

  • Embracing the Telework revolution

    Tim Fawcett     |      November 5, 2012

    As the momentum builds for Australia’s National Telework Week from 12-16 November 2012, Tim Fawcett discusses the revolutionary shift that is taking off in the way we are working now and will be in the future.

    The word ‘revolution’ gets used a lot in the information and technology sector – sometimes too often. But in the context of a shifting global economic environment, massive uptake of mobile devices by consumers and the rapidly emerging demands of workers to use their own device of choice as part of their workday routine, something revolutionary IS happening.

  • Property levy threatened in new review

    Brian McKinlay     |      November 2, 2012

    The New South Wales Government is reviewing the emergency services funding system in a bid to make it more efficient. Brian McKinlay looks at the review from the perspective of the Rural Fire Service.

  • Fields of conflict – agriculture, food production and biodiversity

    Dr John Morgan     |      November 1, 2012

    Ecosystem science is the study of inter-relationships in ecological communities and is important when looking for a big-picture view of the environment. Dr John Morgan says the impacts of humans on natural systems, biodiversity and ecological processes make for sobering reading.

  • Growing our diverse skill-set

    Guy Wallace     |      October 30, 2012

    Agriculture is progressing into a highly mechanised field requiring tertiary skills in science and economics. Employment opportunities are abundant, but the sector is being challenged by a severe skill shortage, Guy Wallace explains.

  • Reflections of a Can Too attitude

    Annie Crawford     |      October 30, 2012

    Sometimes one person can make a difference and that is just what Annie Crawford has set out to do. She looks at the journey she has taken with her organisation Can Too.

  • Uranium trade spearheads development of India partnership

    Michael Angwin     |      October 24, 2012

    The Queensland Government has decided to recommence uranium mining following Julia Gillard's recent dicussions with India over the sale of uranium to the country. Michael Angwin says that decision supports the national interest.

  • Maintaining food supply with increased efficiency

    James Byrne     |      October 24, 2012

    Being able to trace what's on your plate back to the farm it came from is becoming a standard requirement for all produce. James Byrne says it is a good thing consumers are taking notice because there are increasing pressures on maintaining food supply.

    Australian’s have only recently started considering the provenance or their produce in a big way and it probably has a lot to do with shows like MasterChef highlighting regional products in primetime TV.

    This is a good thing and it’s about time we started taking notice because the security of Australian produce is in danger if we, and the global community in general, keep on using the planet the way we are.

  • Research revamp recommended

    Prof Tony Peacock     |      October 23, 2012

    Researchers have welcomed a new plan by the Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia to boost funding to the sector. Tony Peacock says if the recommendations are accepted we will see a decade of major cultural change in the medical research scene in Australia.

  • Uncategorised

    Survey finds Australia losing the race in Asia

    editor     |      October 23, 2012

    Asian Business (Getty Images)New research from CPA Australia warns that Australia is losing the race to stay competitive in crucial Asian markets.

    More than 6000 Australian and Asian business leaders were surveyed from across the mining, education, transport industries. The results of the survey found that Australia’s innovation, competitiveness and engagement with Asia are falling behind the regional powerhouses of India and China.

    Key findings also show that Australia overestimates its integration with Asia. Geography was not seen as a handicap, but cultural distance was. The report recommended that Australia move its traditional benchmarking from the OECD to Asia, saying comparisons with the UK and the US remain important but more business were likely to identify China as their key competitor.