• Society

    Labor flunks its test on environmental protection

    Euan Ritchie |  April 19, 2024

    Labor’s failure to fulfill its election promise to reform Australia’s much flaunted environmental protection laws puts their goals of “no new extinctions” and a “nature positive” future for Australia at risk.

  • Culture

    Express your enthusiasm

    Nathan Abrams |  April 19, 2024

    Over its 12 seasons and 120 episodes, Curb Your Enthusiasm became a cult classic, leaving a lasting legacy on television comedy and cementing Larry David’s position as one of the greatest comedy writers of our time.

  • Business

    An eye on Indigenous business

    Michelle Evans |  April 19, 2024

    Indigenous owned and run businesses may be worth billions of dollars to the Australian economy, but despite new research into their scope and activities, we still don’t know enough about them.

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  • Water of life

    Open Forum     |      April 6, 2024

    A new book “Deep Water” is a hymn to the beauty, mystery and wonder of the ocean. Weaving together science, history and personal experience, it offers vital new ways of understanding not just humanity’s relationship with the planet, but our past – and perhaps most importantly, our future.

  • Compassion fatigue

    Debbie Ling     |      April 6, 2024

    There’s so much bad news that people are avoiding news sites, programmes and newspapers, as there’s a limit to how much war, violence, famine and hatred they can take, so appealing to people’s sense of compassion may hold the key to keeping them informed and even taking action to fix our troubled world.

  • Fear and loathing in Australia

    Sarah Maddison     |      April 6, 2024

    Successive federal governments have called into question the values that lie at the very heart of Australia’s hard-won and cherished democratic freedoms.

  • Back on the couch

    Nick Haslam     |      April 5, 2024

    Writer and psychotherapist Adam Phillips is often hailed as one of the world’s great essayists. His new book – exploring the topic of giving up, among other things – is both erudite and slippery.

  • Firms behaving badly

    Allan Fels     |      April 5, 2024

    Australian authorities have never had the power to break up big businesses that behave badly, but maybe they should, given the power of major corporates and their disdain for fair competition and consumer law.

  • The ugly truth of anti-Zionism

    Suzanne Rutland     |      April 5, 2024

    The protests against Israel’s war on Hamas following the terrorist attack of October 2023 are all too often a thin veneer over the underlying wish to wipe Israel from the map and destroy the Jewish people.

  • Remembering Daniel Kahneman

    Daniel Read     |      April 4, 2024

    Daniel Kahneman’s passing at 90 years old leaves a major gap in the field of behavioural science and the wider intellectual community.

  • Lab rats

    Brendan Walker-Munro     |      April 4, 2024

    The penetration of the Canadian government’s National Microbiology Lab by two Chinese agents underlines the importance of Australian governments and universities guarding against Chinese espionage.

  • CSIRO steps up to drive SME innovation

    Open Forum     |      April 4, 2024

    Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has announced a $20 million investment to provide small to medium enterprises with greater access to vital research and development opportunities to accelerate their growth.

  • Understanding the right to disconnect

    Katie Miller     |      April 3, 2024

    The ‘right to disconnect’ is coming to Australia and will give workers a break from having to reply to work-related emails, messages, or activities outside of their normal working hours. Will it help stressed Aussie workers find a better work-life balance by setting boundaries between professional and personal time?

  • The return of the megadrought

    Open Forum     |      April 3, 2024

    Australia’s eastern states are due for a soaking this week, but Australia could soon see megadroughts that last for more than 20 years, according to new modelling from The Australian National University (ANU) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes.

  • Understanding “strategic culture”

    Andrew Carr     |      April 3, 2024

    Michael O’Keefe’s new book on Australian foreign policy making offers a detailed overview of Australia’s main diplomatic relationships and strategic culture.