• Politics and Policy

    Trumpism down-under


    Mark Kenny |  January 19, 2021


    Australians followed the 2020 presidential race in the United States with greater-than-usual interest, but the spectacle might herald a plausible descent for Australia’s politics, too.


  • Coronavirus

    Lessons learned from the plague year


    Connor Bamford |  January 19, 2021


    A year on, the COVID pandemic has proved the value of science and the importance of social solidarity in the face of a common threat.


  • Media

    Images and distorted facts


    Mark Pearson |  January 19, 2021


    We live in a dangerous age where the internet makes it possible to spread misinformation far and wide and many people lack the skills to discern fact from fiction. Here are five ways for us all to improve our media literacy and fact-checking skills.


Latest Story

  • Digital nomads and the post-pandemic future of work

    Victoria Tichá     |      January 5, 2021

    There are two very different options when it comes to the future of knowledge work, but UNSW Business School experts say it is up to us to move towards the future we want.

  • 4 mysteries of quantum philosophy

    Peter Evans     |      January 5, 2021

    The next time you encounter an impossible Sudoku, rest assured you’re in good company. The entire quantum physics community, and perhaps even Zeus himself, knows exactly how you feel.

  • Stop press! The fourth estate – service or farce?

    Mark Nicol     |      January 4, 2021

    The invention of the printing press heralded a revolution in human communications, but the nation’s newspapers are being left behind in the age of the Internet, and Open Forum columnist Mark Nicol is less than impressed with their current standard of ownership and content.

  • 6 space missions to light up 2021

    Ian Whittaker     |      January 4, 2021

    While manned missions to the Moon and Mars seem as far away as ever, there are many interesting unmanned missions planned by an ever-wider range of countries planned for 2021.

  • How to help your child love reading

    Isang Awah     |      January 4, 2021

    Many parents bought their children books for Christmas, but how many will get read? There are several ways in which adults can help encourage a love for reading in children and unlock all the benefits which books can bring.

  • The new normal – How will international travel change?

    Joseph Cheer     |      January 3, 2021

    This year’s pandemic stopped the huge global tourism industry in its tracks. International travel is starting to resume as vaccines are rolled out around the world, but how will the industry adapt to the ‘new normal’ in 2021?

  • 6 steps to “reboot your brain” after a difficult year

    Barbara Jacquelyn Sahakian     |      January 3, 2021

    Months of anxiety, grief and loneliness caused by the pandemic and the measures taken to control it can create a spiral of negativity that is hard to escape, but we can all take action to snap out of destructive habits and get our energy levels back for 2021.

  • Brand activism or publicity stunts?

    Sommer Kapitan     |      January 3, 2021

    It’s increasingly common for companies to take ethical stands on a range of issues, but these actions are not without controversy or risk of financial blowback.

  • Conspiracy theories and cancel culture

    Hugh Breakey     |      January 2, 2021

    A poisonous pincer movement of bizarre conspiracy theories from the right and stultifying cancel culture from the left are threatening liberal democracy.

  • Hitting the sweet spot

    Warwick Smith     |      January 2, 2021

    The post-COVID recovery provides a rare opportunity to rebuild a better economy that can support living standards without irretrievably damaging the environment.

  • 5 summer reads on economics

    Peter Martin     |      January 2, 2021

    Economics may be the ‘dismal science’ and not everyone’s idea of fun holiday reading, but understanding new thinking on the economy in the wake of recent health and environmental crises may be a good investment of your time.

  • Sticking to those New Year’s resolutions

    Joanne Dickson     |      January 1, 2021

    From losing weight to being kinder, we’ve all set – and failed to keep – New Year’s resolutions in the past, so what steps can we take to improve our chances this time around?