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    New BESS edition released

    Peter Fritz |  November 28, 2023

    The October 2023 double issue of BESS® explores the self-governing practices found in Indigenous societies, the growing ‘trust divide’ between our elected politicians and the electorate, the practical applications of positive deviance and the Second Track, and the new forms of political, economic and decision-making frameworks required to tackle global challenges.

  • Environment

    Why biodiversity matters

    Open Forum |  November 28, 2023

    A year on from the COP15 summit of the Convention on Biological Diversity, a new book by UQ ecologist Nigel Dudley builds a case for “Why Biodiversity Matters” and why we should care if species go extinct.

  • Cybersecurity

    Australia’s new cybersecurity strategy

    Mike Bareja |  November 28, 2023

    The cybersecurity strategy released last week by the Albanese government recognises that Australia’s government, industry and citizens must work together to reduce the threats posed by criminal gangs and hostile state actors.

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  • Disagreeing where we must

    Open Forum     |      November 16, 2023

    Australia and China are looking to improve their diplomatic and economic relations after China’s failed attempts to bully Australia into submission, but this shouldn’t stop Australia emphasising its support for Taiwan.

  • Not such glorious food

    Open Forum     |      November 15, 2023

    A new study highlights the aggressive marketing of junk food to children by a cabal of major food manufacturers and calls for great restrictions to protect children from unhealthy products.

  • Net zero won’t mean no warming

    Open Forum     |      November 15, 2023

    The UN Climate Panel’s latest best estimate is that global warming will end once we reach net zero CO2 emissions – but a study in Frontiers in Science warns significant warming could still occur.

  • China’s bullying backfires

    Greg Poling     |      November 15, 2023

    China’s remorseless diplomatic and military bullying of its maritime neighbours is driving them ever further into the allied alliance against the expansionist communist state.

  • Known unknowns

    Gai Brodtmann     |      November 14, 2023

    The cyber-attack against Australian ports by an unnamed foreign power highlights the threat posed to the country, but the nation’s politicians remain behind the 8 ball.

  • Doctoring the facts

    Open Forum     |      November 14, 2023

    Government and industry guardrails are urgently needed for Generative AI to protect the health and wellbeing of our communities, say Flinders University medical researchers who put the technology to the test.

  • Better health by 2030

    K. Srinath Reddy     |      November 14, 2023

    The world needs more and better skilled health workers to attain the United Nation’s sustainable development targets and continue to foster global health beyond 2030.

  • Why don’t Jews feel safe?

    Michelle Grattan     |      November 13, 2023

    Jewish organisations have criticised Foreign Minister Penny Wong over her latest comments on the Israel-Gaza conflict, while Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles has said Jewish Australians “have never felt less safe”.

  • Lifting the lid on the lobby

    Katherine Cullerton     |      November 13, 2023

    Well paid lobbyists outnumber politicians three to one in Canberra, and are able to walk the corridors of power without hindrance or regulation. As well as lobbyists from the energy and mining industries, the alcohol, tobacco, fast food and gambling industries are particularly active in their attempts to bend public policy to suit their paymasters’ interests.

  • A lifeline for Tuvalu

    Jane McAdam     |      November 13, 2023

    The Australia–Tuvalu Falepili Union Treaty will see Australia offer sanctuary for people from Tuvalu facing the loss of their homes due to climate change and represents the world’s first bilateral agreement on climate mobility.

  • Australia’s seismic tremor

    Bob Ford     |      November 12, 2023

    Shockwaves from the violence in the Middle East have exposed and exacerbated the growing fault lines in Australian society, and only a fresh commitment to liberal values and national unity will help to heal them.

  • Protecting Australia

    Brendan Nicholson     |      November 12, 2023

    Australia’s most senior military officer has warned that the nation faces complex and interwoven threats including high-end military capabilities, economic coercion, climate change and AI-driven dangers to democracy in a post-truth world.