• Science and Technology

    US–China tech rivalry reflects contrasting cyber cultures


    Katherine Mansted |  May 25, 2019


    Whether technology has ‘good’ or ‘bad’ effects can depend on the social and political context it came from, and American and Chinese tech companies have very different roots in their societies.


  • Politics and Policy

    What next for Scott Morrison?


    Open Forum |  May 25, 2019


    Political science and election history offer some clues as to why the pundits failed on election night and Scott Morrison inched towards a famous victory, but what – if anything – will he do with power now?


  • Politics and Policy

    What next for Labor?


    Michelle Grattan |  May 25, 2019


    Anthony Albanese will face some tricky choices given the need to redouble Labor’s appeal to middle class suburbia while keeping left wing and progressive activists on board.


Latest Story

  • 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.

  • Fixing the gap between Labor’s greenhouse gas goals and their policies

    Mark Diesendorf     |      May 6, 2019

    More substantial policies are needed to reduce emissions from both electricity and other sources to achieve Labor’s greenhouse target.

  • Here’s how to renew Australia’s democracy

    Shaun Carney     |      May 5, 2019

    Citizen juries, an independent speaker, and ensuring MPs get to sit with their opponents, not opposite them, are all proposals at the heart of a new push to improve how Australian democracy works.

  • Is it OK to hire friends at work? It’s maybe not as simple as you’d think

    Ibrar Khan     |      May 5, 2019

    How people react to someone hiring a personal acquaintance depends on their cultural background and where they are in the world, according to UNSW’s Josh Keller.