• Economy

    Is technology slowing growth?


    Richard Holden |  June 19, 2021


    Technology is usually assumed to be a spur for growth, but recent innovations may have actually reduced global economic productivity.


  • Economy

    Maintaining ethical supply chains


    Medo Pournader |  June 19, 2021


    Human rights groups and researchers are warning that a combination of increased unemployment and new demand for labour in expanding areas like personal protective equipment (PPE) and agriculture means there is a real risk of increased worker exploitation and even slavery.


  • International

    The magnificent G7


    David Vines |  June 19, 2021


    The Cornwall G7 conference produced some impressive sounding pledges but the proof of the new spirit of international cooperation will be in the detail of their implementation.


Latest Story

  • The case for dedicated quarantine facilities

    Lachlan Gilbert     |      June 5, 2021

    The Federal government has just announced it will help fund the building of a quarantine facility in Victoria, and UNSW academics wonder why it has taken this long.

  • G20 education ministers urged to back climate education

    Open Forum     |      June 5, 2021

    Education Ministers from across the globe are being urged to prioritise quality climate education as a major outcome at the next UN Climate Conference when they meet in Italy as part of the G20 meetings.

  • So, where did Covid-19 come from?

    Ramesh Thakur     |      June 5, 2021

    The World Health Organisation has consistently failed over COVID-19, deferring dangerously to China’s misinformation campaign. Now the idea the virus might have escaped from a lab in Wuhan, long derided as fanciful, is gaining mainstream traction.

  • Resolving Samoa’s democratic crisis

    Joanne Wallis     |      June 4, 2021

    Samoa is facing a political impasse as caretaker Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi faces off against his former deputy Fiame Naomi Mata’afa.

  • Tougher environmental policies can create economic winners

    Ou Yang     |      June 4, 2021

    There seems to be a working assumption that if Australia adopts tougher environmental policies, then economic growth will be undermined but new research finds the opposite is true.

  • Carpe diem

    Diane Nazaroff     |      June 4, 2021

    The recent one in 100 flood event may deal a blow to European carp eradication efforts in the Murray-Darling basin.

  • Mapping bio-diversity brings economic benefits

    Open Forum     |      June 3, 2021

    A new report by Deloitte Access Economics has found every $1 invested in discovering all remaining Australian species will bring up to $35 of economic benefits to the nation.

  • Climate cooperation between China and the West may be a mirage

    David Uren     |      June 3, 2021

    Climate change has emerged as a rare zone of cooperation and civility between China and the West this year, but it remains to be seen if this will last through to, or beyond, the 26th UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November.

  • Houston, we have a problem

    Cecilia Duong     |      June 3, 2021

    Just like we have on Earth, humans have left an absolute mess in space and nobody wants to clean it up.

  • Daniel Kahneman on ‘noise’

    Ben Newell     |      June 2, 2021

    Daniel Kahneman’s new book presents several compelling cases from business, medicine, and criminal justice in which judgments appear to vary for no “good” reason.

  • May cause side effects

    Diane Nazaroff     |      June 2, 2021

    A UNSW researcher says a positive social media campaign could help to counter misinformation and fears about COVID vaccine side effects and boost vaccination uptake.

  • A different fortress Australia

    Rochelle Jones     |      June 1, 2021

    While Australians debate ongoing border closures and the concept of a ‘hermit’ nation, another version of fortress Australia has been simmering behind the scenes.