• Economy

    The straight road to economic success


    Richard Holden |  November 18, 2019


    Australia’s faith in market outcomes and a strong social safety set have delivered a robust society and strong economy for the last 30 years.  


  • Infrastructure

    A tale of ghost cities in Australia and China


    Ben Knight |  November 18, 2019


    While the ‘ghost cities’ in China are unlikely to occur in Australia, some worrying trends in this country should guard against complacency.


  • Health

    Closing the gap in blindness


    Hugh Taylor |  November 18, 2019


    While the roadmap to “Close the Gap for Vision” is working to improve the eye health of Indigenous Australians, there are still areas that need greater attention.


Latest Story

  • The high climate cost of virgin forest destruction

    Open Forum     |      November 2, 2019

    The consequences of the hastening destruction of intact tropical forests is even more devastating on the climate than previously thought, according to University of Queensland-led research.

  • Alternative ATAR

    Sandra Milligan     |      November 1, 2019

    As students prepare for their end-of-year exams, new research is exploring an alternative to the ATAR that can recognise student achievement and inspire good learning in broader ways.

  • Getting into space with Artemis

    Malcolm Davis     |      November 1, 2019

    Australia is set to play a crucial role in NASA’s planned return to the moon in 2024, however despite the excitement surrounding the new ‘space race’, there is no certainty that the mission will go ahead.

  • Swan-song for the honey-eater

    Open Forum     |      November 1, 2019

    The genetic history of a critically endangered songbird shows its best chance of survival is to protect its rapidly disappearing habitat.

  • Boo! Did I scare you?

    Andrew Ng     |      October 31, 2019

    Horror films are enjoying a resurgence at the box office, so today, on the spookiest day of the year, Andrew Ng explores why we enjoy being scared so much.

  • Australian aid should take account of global mega-trends

    Claire Rogers     |      October 31, 2019

    The developing world is being shaped by five mega-trends which our political leaders must acknowledge to make the most of our tremendous potential to make the world a better place.

  • Canberra’s secrecy obsession feeds on security fears

    Graeme Dobell     |      October 31, 2019

    Australia remains the only democratic nation without strong national protection for freedom of speech and of the press and journalists are calling for reform in the face of Canberra’s assault on press freedom.

  • Australia’s silent spring

    Martine Maron     |      October 30, 2019

    Vast areas of native Australian vegetation continue to be cleared for our cities, farms and infrastructure, threatening once common birds as well as the endangered species protected, to some extent, by legislation.

  • The hidden traffic impacts of private schooling

    Matthew Burke     |      October 30, 2019

    The costs of road congestion are expected to exceed A$30 billion a year by 2030, and so the heavy traffic generated by parents ferrying children to distant private schools should be fully calculated, costed and included in assessments of their costs and benefits.

  • Older people still shun mental health support

    Open Forum     |      October 30, 2019

    New research has found that more than 40 per cent of older Australians with chronic disease would be unlikely to seek help for mental health conditions even if they needed it.

  • Who owns your content on social media?

    Emi Berry     |      October 29, 2019

    Hardly anyone reads the contract terms when joining social media platforms, and so few users realise they are giving away their rights to their own material in the small print.

  • Sculpture by the sea

    Olga Gerloff     |      October 29, 2019

    The biggest outdoor public art exhibition in the world is back on the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. This year’s festival features more than 100 sculptures by Australian and international artists, including several pieces by local arts students.