• 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.


Latest Story

  • How COVID-19 challenged PhD students

    Khandakar Al Farid Uddin     |      July 2, 2020

    A new survey of Australian PhD research students finds that 90% said the pandemic had affected their continuing research, while 70% thought their planned research outcome would be severely affected.

  • Walking the walk

    Michael Shoebridge     |      July 2, 2020

    The new force structure plan sets a clear direction for Australia’s military that engages with the new world we are living in. It positions Australia to resist coercion and deter conflict but now the hard work of implementation must begin.

  • Half a dollar for healthier kids

    Open Forum     |      July 1, 2020

    Fifty cents per child per day is all it would take to improve the nutritional value of food at long daycare centres, according to new research from Edith Cowan University.

  • Future proofing Australian students with ‘new credentials’

    Sandra Milligan     |      July 1, 2020

    A new report offers a glimpse into the next generation of school and university credentials and aims to redefine success for school leavers and graduates.

  • The science of living longer

    Kate Gregorevic     |      July 1, 2020

    Dr Kate Gregorevic’s new book, Staying Alive: the Science of Living Healthier, Happier and Longer, applies the science of longevity to everyday life; and this edited extract explores how the small daily decisions we make now can help us live better for longer.

  • A universal basic income might get us through the Covid recession

    David Thorp     |      June 30, 2020

    A universal basic income could help the economy recover after COVID-19, remove the work disincentives current benefits create and improve equity and social cohesion.

  • Watch the skies!

    Alan Stevenson     |      June 30, 2020

    The release of footage from US Navy jets tracking fast moving, unidentified craft has rekindled interest in the possibility of alien visitors from distant worlds.

  • Politics means never having to say you’re sorry

    Richard Holden     |      June 30, 2020

    We judge the competency of politicians by what they say and do, and this creates perverse incentives for even competent politicians to refuse to admit mistakes.

  • Crouching media, hidden agenda

    Stjepan Bosnjak     |      June 29, 2020

    Recent Chinese state-owned media have been using colourful headlines and articles to describe Australia. This is a tried and trusted method that has been used for at least a quarter century.

  • Renewable energy exports in Australia’s post-fossil-fuel future

    Hal Crichton-Standish     |      June 29, 2020

    The Northern Territory has an opportunity, via the new Sun Cable and Pilbara projects, to lead Australia on its transition from fossil fuel exports to renewable energy exports.

  • Save the world to save ourselves

    Rebekah Brown     |      June 29, 2020

    When we disrupt the natural environmental systems people depend on, when populations collide with exotic wild animals in a wet market, we find ourselves confronted with a global pandemic.

  • Putting workers first?

    Dawn Lo     |      June 28, 2020

    The focus on economic recovery will be an opportunity for unions and employers to initiate major change in industrial relations.