• Society

    The barbarians inside the gates


    Jason Beale |  July 2, 2020


    Urban protests against the death of George Floyd in the USA have metastasized into a wider assault against western culture and history, with figures from Winston Churchill to Captain James Cook feeling protestors’ ill-informed wrath.


  • Education

    How COVID-19 challenged PhD students


    Khandakar Al Farid Uddin |  July 2, 2020


    A new survey of Australian PhD research students finds that 90% said the pandemic had affected their continuing research, while 70% thought their planned research outcome would be severely affected.


  • Security

    Walking the walk


    Michael Shoebridge |  July 2, 2020


    The new force structure plan sets a clear direction for Australia’s military that engages with the new world we are living in. It positions Australia to resist coercion and deter conflict but now the hard work of implementation must begin.


Latest Story

  • A Call to Action

    Julian.Wee     |      December 9, 2008

    Remember for Chinese, it takes 2 words combined to describe "Crisis" – "危机".   The first character is about acknowledging the presence of risks and dangers, the second stands for opportunity, and to develop a blueprint for change.

  • Understanding the Diversity of a Career in ICT

    anthonywong     |      December 9, 2008

    "Have ICT Skills – Will Travel": ICT Skills offer an individual a global passport with work opportunities all over the world, both with international and local companies.

  • IT in Schools

    john.ridge     |      December 9, 2008

    Trying to teach IT "as a career" as it is done currently is turning many students off pursuing it any further.

  • So what does an IT Skills Shortage mean to you?

    patrickwilson     |      December 8, 2008

    Principles and process can be taught, but industry wants and expects experienced practitioners, and this is best obtained by working on large and complex projects.

    We hear a lot about the ICT "skills crisis", but what does this mean to you? 

    The graduating student who is struggling to find their first job, or the 20 year industry veteran who following retrenchment is told they are no longer relevant to the industry, may well ask;  "what skills shortage ? If there’s a shortage why am I having this much difficulty finding a job?"

  • e-Health & me

    Helen.Briggs     |      December 7, 2008

    I am sick and tired of having to tell my story over and over again – and hoping like anything that I am remembering it properly – and not leaving out some key detail that could make the difference to some treatment.

    It’s all about me.  I want an electronic health record that can be shared by my health care providers.

  • Nothing’s Safe

    sally.rose     |      December 6, 2008

    A confident yet cautious approach to new situations and people generally, whilst not foolproof, gives anybody travelling alone the best chance of a fun safe trip.

  • Cusco & Machu Pichu – a postcard from Peru

    Malcolm Crompton     |      December 4, 2008

    The historic capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco is situated 3,400 m above sea level, so you'll need at least a day of acclimatising before doing anything else.

  • Voluntary Voting System

    Hani Montan     |      December 3, 2008

    The current compulsory system of voting is a parody of democracy allowing the less-informed, manipulated, apathetic and emotionally motivated people to decide the outcome of elections.

  • Western Tourists as Reporters

    Zacha     |      December 3, 2008

    You can blog it, you can flickr it, you can Twitter it. The only difference with being in the middle of a big news story is that more people you don't know will pay attention to it.

  • Growing Our Own in Melbourne: Self Sufficient Gardens Report

    Daniel Moss     |      December 2, 2008

    A research project discussing sustainable, self-sufficiency gardening in Melbourne has found an increasing trend toward sustainable, self-sufficient gardening and highlights broader influences impacting on this, and uncovers a variety of community gardens and educational opportunities.

  • Are you really leaving home when you travel?

    Douglascomms     |      December 2, 2008

    Not all travel is good for you.

  • It is another country, “through the eyes of a poet”

    foggy     |      December 1, 2008

    If you love a little place in the world that may have heavy nostalgia for you, rest assured there are places like Italy that care for such corners, and will not let them be lost and swallowed up by acid rain or pollution dumps.

    Italy. That is the place, somewhere in an august time setting, Joseph Addison was sent to. As was the custom in those days, for intellectual youth to do, and to make that cushy, he was granted a Pension of 300 pounds. Of course other places of Europe were on his visiting list, but the long poem, "A letter from Italy" is a record in verse of his tour of the place, along its length and breadth. It is said of him, he surveyed Italy "with the eyes of a poet". He has talked about Rome, Naples, the Tiber, Baia and Umbria. Of San Marino, there is a most amusing passage about it.