• Education

    Early childhood education is everybody’s business


    Tricia Eadie |  May 22, 2019


    The first five years of life are the most critical for building the foundations for life-long learning, well-being, and health. It is therefore critical we have policy reform and investment in quality early childhood education.


  • Security

    Australia should stop bolstering China’s military


    Alex Joske |  May 22, 2019


    A clear statement that Australia will not increase the war fighting capability of the Chinese military would be common sense and offer a guiding principle for future decision-making.


  • Environment

    Tackling the threat of invasive species


    Linda Broadhurst |  May 22, 2019


    The threat posed by invasive species is often overlooked amid worries over land clearing and climate change, but tackling alien plants and animals which crowd out native species is vital to the future of Australia’s fragile ecosystems.


Latest Story

  • Setting the record straight on home births

    Miranda Davies-Tuck     |      May 10, 2019

    More women are choosing to give birth at home, and Victoria has become the first state to issue guidelines on the trend to clinicians and health professionals.

  • Big tech is the real threat to online safety

    David Watts     |      May 9, 2019

    Vague proposals to protect the public from online harm won’t win Scott Morrison the election, and don’t address the main threat to the public online – the predatory business models of Silicon Valley.

  • Coral research reveals changes in El Niño

    Open Forum     |      May 9, 2019

    Australian scientists have used cores drilled from coral to produce a 400-year long seasonal record of El Niño events which reveals the worrying extent of recent changes.

  • The growing spectre of domestic food insecurity

    Sue Kleve     |      May 9, 2019

    A million Australians worry about where their next meal is coming from and additional help is required to prevent more people falling off the “food security tightrope”.

  • All image, no vision

    Mark Kenny     |      May 8, 2019

    Scott Morrison ditched the hat, and Bill Shorten started smiling more, but it hasn’t helped either candidate generate genuine charisma. Australia’s image-conscious but visionless leaders have made for a dreary Federal election campaign.

  • It’s time to pin the blame for the Parliament hack

    Michael Shoebridge     |      May 8, 2019

    Whoever becomes prime minister after the election will face a sobering moment in Australia’s China policy.

  • The Pacific can be more than a ‘nursery’ for Australian exporters

    Lori Youmshajekian     |      May 8, 2019

    The Pacific Islands are a strategic playing field for Australian exporters before expanding to Asia and beyond, but Australian policymakers should also respect the economic independence of Pacific nations, according to UNSW expert Tim Harcourt.

  • Facing up to the global extinction crisis

    Michelle Lim     |      May 7, 2019

    We are witnessing the loss of biodiversity at rates never before seen in human history. Nearly a million species face extinction if we do not fundamentally change our relationship with the natural world, according to the world’s largest assessment of biodiversity.

  • Sydney’s hidden housing problem

    Open Forum     |      May 7, 2019

    A new report released by the Sydney Policy Lab has found low income and vulnerable groups are being forced into informal and sometimes illegal housing arrangements, due to a lack of affordable alternatives.

  • Cricket balls and “shadow values”

    Benjamin Day     |      May 7, 2019

    Like the Cameron Bancroft and Steven Smith ball tampering scandal, Australia’s foreign aid spending exemplifies the disconnect between our rhetoric and the reality of who we are and what we value as a nation.

  • The fight to stamp out student cheating

    Phillip Dawson     |      May 6, 2019

    A host of online essay mills openly advertise their services to help students cheat on their assignments. Stamping out such scams and protecting academic integrity and honest students won’t be easy, but it must be done.

  • Improving conditions in aged care

    Open Forum     |      May 6, 2019

    A new report has called for urgent reform of the working conditions in the aged care sector, which will address the shocking stories emerging from the aged care royal commission.