• Defence and Security

    Meeting the authoritarian challenge


    Matthew Sussex |  July 23, 2021


    There are no easy ways to generate democratic resilience, but it is a crucial endeavour given the increasing range and severity of ‘grey zone’ assaults committed by China, Russia and other authoritarian nations.


  • Environment

    Clever cockatoos learn through social interaction


    Open Forum |  July 23, 2021


    60 years after blue tits in England learned to peck at silver milk bottle tops on doorsteps, Australian researchers have realised that cockatoos also learn how to open rubbish bins from each other.


  • Environment

    Restoring the world’s dry lands


    Open Forum |  July 23, 2021


    Although environmental concern often focuses on the loss of tropical forests, restoring the world’s dry lands to health should also be an urgent priority.


Latest Story

  • Morrison’s ‘new deal’ for a post-COVID normal

    William Bowtell     |      July 9, 2021

    The Prime Minister has borrowed language from Franklin Roosevelt to describe his pathway out of the pandemic but his ‘New Deal’ may leave some people behind.

  • You are the product

    Mark Andrejevic     |      July 9, 2021

    A recent expose by the investigative journalists at The Markup revealed how Facebook uses detailed information about what people do online – the websites they visit and the search terms they use – to allow pharmaceutical companies to target people regarding medical conditions in which they’ve shown an interest.

  • CSIRO opens satellite offering for Australian Earth observation

    Open Forum     |      July 9, 2021

    Australian researchers in industries like agriculture and natural disaster management can now apply to direct the Earth observation satellite NovaSAR-1 by accessing Australia’s share of the satellite through CSIRO. This will mark the first time Australia has managed its own source of Earth observation data.

  • Securing data to protect Australia’s critical infrastructure

    David Tudehope     |      July 8, 2021

    If Australia’s laws and authorities are to help secure and defend Australia’s critical data, it must first be brought within the new security regulatory regime.

  • Biting our tongue

    Joyce Nip     |      July 8, 2021

    Australian universities profit from large numbers of Chinese students, but this should not inhibit the discussion of sensitive political topics, such as Taiwan and Hong Kong.

  • Australia can learn from South Korea’s tech success

    Alice Dawkins     |      July 7, 2021

    Australia’s recent attempts to regulate tech giants has done little for the long-term prospects of its national innovation ecosystem. As South Korea shows, there are other ways to achieve these goals.

  • Pop goes Korea

    Duncan Graham     |      July 7, 2021

    Close neighbours Australia and Indonesia are slowly drifting apart. Part of the problem comes down to a generational divergence of popular culture interests.

  • Mandatory standards for ESG metrics?

    Iris de Orte Júlvez     |      July 7, 2021

    The way each country measures corporate social responsibility and sustainability is evolving in different formats and rates. Standardisation is necessary for achieving the targets by the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • The view from the balcony

    Zivit Inbar     |      July 7, 2021

    A fresh way of thinking, a more holistic view, a new way of leading are required to see us all thriving sustainably for the long term.

  • Putting education research into practice

    Lucas Walsh     |      July 7, 2021

    A new study suggest that teachers want their school leaders to guide them and involve others when using research to improve their teaching.

  • Australia and the Latin American Pacific

    Robert Mason     |      July 6, 2021

    This week marks four years since Australia began ambitious negotiations for a free trade agreement with the Pacific Alliance. This year also marks ten years since the Pacific Alliance bloc was first formed by Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru.

  • Crisis? What crisis?

    Mike Fogarty     |      July 6, 2021

    James Callaghan was an underrated British prime minister, and in a new biography, Hickson and Miles present a compelling psychological portrait of a fervent political operator who rose from humble circumstances to the highest office in the land.