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  • 600 plant species at risk from frequent fires

    Open Forum     |      April 4, 2021

    Almost 600 Australian plant species are at heightened risk of extinction after the 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires, new research reveals.

  • Australia’s bungled vaccine roll-out

    Stephen Duckett     |      April 4, 2021

    While Australia has done relatively well in containing the pandemic, the nation’s vaccine roll-out has lagged well behind the efforts of other countries.

  • The black hole of public inquiries

    Patrick Parkinson     |      April 3, 2021

    Public inquiries are often set up to kick difficult issues into touch and their conclusions are ignored when they are finally delivered.

  • Supporting technology in Australia’s public sector

    Lesley Seebeck     |      April 3, 2021

    There is no silver bullet to improve government technology, but new funding measures will help modernise its systems and services and position the public service for a world of increasing digitalisation and technological competition.

  • Words not action

    Open Forum     |      April 3, 2021

    When it comes to personal sacrifices, such as cutting meat consumption and reducing the use of fossil-fuel-powered cars, the sense of urgency around the climate crisis doesn’t convince people to change.

  • Invasive species wreak economic as well as environmental carnage

    Open Forum     |      April 3, 2021

    A new analysis has revealed the stark US$1.28 trillion economic damage caused by the world’s invasive species over the past half century — with a group of global experts warning damage and management costs will soar unless biodiversity agencies can improve prevention and control of biological invasions.

  • The answer is blowin’ in the wind

    Max Thomas     |      April 2, 2021

    Proposals for a new wind turbine site on Robbins Island raise questions about the environmental trade-offs involved even in renewable energy production.

  • Are preprint medical studies eroding public trust in science?

    Open Forum     |      April 2, 2021

    Three leading medical communications organisations warn the public could lose trust in science if researchers rush to release research data, particularly during crises such as COVID-19.

  • The valiant catastrophe of Australia’s first action in WW2

    Patrick Walters     |      April 1, 2021

    As the Royal Australian Air Force celebrates its 100th anniversary, we look back to Australia’s first action in World War 2.

  • More exercise, fewer screens: New Australian guidelines for kids in OSHC

    Open Forum     |      April 1, 2021

    Research from the University of South Australia has delivered world-first national-level guidelines to better inform children’s physical activity and screen time in Outside School Hours Care.

  • It’s a gas, gas, gas

    Max Thomas     |      April 1, 2021

    Victoria’s state government has rejected a plan by AGL to establish a floating liquid natural gas import terminal at Crib Point in Western Port, but is it the right decision?

  • It’s time to embrace a more sustainable future

    Scott Lemon     |      March 31, 2021

    The onset of COVID-19 has forced organisations out of their comfort zones to explore ventures they never thought of exploring, and quickly change business practices that would otherwise have taken years to implement.