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  • Revamping the ADF

    Malcolm Davis     |      August 5, 2022

    The Labor government must accept the challenge posed by a rising China to our nation and our region and respond with responsible and decisive changes to Australian defence policy.

  • Restoring faith in pubic appointments

    Justine Nolan     |      August 5, 2022

    Handpicked political appointments to public institutions and plum jobs have undermined public faith in the system, and cost several high powered people their jobs in recent times.

  • Albanese’s foreign policy agenda

    Allan Gyngell     |      August 5, 2022

    While some of the early statements and speeches from Anthony Albanese and Defence Minister Richard Marles on foreign policy have echoed those of their predecessors, the changes to come may be greater than expected.

  • Food insecurity and mental health

    Scott Teasdale     |      August 4, 2022

    Nutrition has been neglected factor in mental health support and recovery but new research aims to address gaps in understanding, and show how nutritional screening can become a routine aspect of clinical and psychosocial support.

  • Do as I say – The appeal of cults

    Shane Satterley     |      August 4, 2022

    There are no shortage of people seeking purpose in their lives, and charismatic charlatans happy to take advantage of them.

  • Supply-chain vulnerabilities highlighted by shortage of AdBlue

    Gillian Savage     |      August 4, 2022

    Australians are great at running hard to solve big national challenges. But with fires, Covid, floods and the consequential workforce and supply-chain challenges, we’re in danger of running out of steam.

  • The catfish curriculum

    Michael Kingston     |      August 3, 2022

    Instead of a ‘catfish curriculum’ which looks fantastic on paper but disappoints in reality, Australian schools need a curriculum that builds on the strengths of the teaching workforce and empowers young people in every part of the country.

  • Better politics requires better reporting

    Denis Muller     |      August 3, 2022

    If politics really is to be done differently, as Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has promised, then the way politics is reported will need to be done differently too.

  • Shoot to kill – why we love violent video games

    Ben Knight     |      August 3, 2022

    In news that will surprise nobody, researchers have concluded that people like to play violent video games because they allow us to build status, compare our abilities and overcome our fears in a safe environment.

  • Sustainable shopping

    Maike Gossen     |      August 2, 2022

    The maze of eco-labels and certifications in our supermarkets can confuse and dupe customers but a German initiative which aims to provide clarity could influence similar labeling in Australia.

  • Authoritarian Asia

    Salvador Santino     |      August 2, 2022

    Alongside the global decline of democratisation, the spread of authoritarianism and deterioration of human rights in Southeast Asia continues at an accelerated pace.

  • Cyberworld

    Lesley Seebeck     |      August 2, 2022

    Governments have focused on the practicalities of interests, threats and operating in the cyber environment and while such difficulties shouldn’t be underestimated, it’s not enough to focus on those alone.