• International

    Unlocking science for small island states


    Open Forum |  May 28, 2024


    An urgent call for increased international support and collaboration for science in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) has been released in a declaration by the International Science Council SIDS Liaison Committee at the 4th international conference on SIDS in Antigua and Barbuda.


  • Energy

    Not in my back yard


    Lucy Richardson |  May 28, 2024


    While public opinion polls show broad support for more action to reduce climate emissions in theory, local opposition to renewable energy schemes continues to grow.


  • Society

    Will bird flu be the next pandemic?


    Vinod Balasubramaniam |  May 28, 2024


    The first case of H5N1 bird flu was reported in Australia last week. Is the world prepared for what could lead to the next pandemic?


Latest Story

  • Consultancy blues

    Marty Bortz     |      May 12, 2024

    The drive to privatise everything has led to consultants taking on the work of public servants. But at what cost? The PwC scandal in Australia highlights how the excessive use of consultants has very real implications for democratic decision-making.

  • Oysters ahoy

    Open Forum     |      May 12, 2024

    Dredging and fishing have destroyed thousands of miles of oyster reefs around the Australian coast, but a new project proves they can be restored to provide fresh marine habitat.

  • Are friends electric?

    Dan Weijers     |      May 11, 2024

    Modern technology has rendered us increasingly lonely, but rather than re-embrace real relationhips, technology companies want to solve the problem with yet more technology.

  • The birth and death of democracy

    George Lawson     |      May 11, 2024

    In their interesting, carefully crafted book on the problems facing liberal international order, Peter Trubowitz and Brian Burgoon argue that the geopolitical predicament facing the Western democracies is premised on their domestic politics.

  • Standing up for the Uyghurs

    Ronald Brown     |      May 11, 2024

    International efforts to address human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region include targeted sanctions and legislative measures, so what action is Australian taking on this vital issue?

  • The people problem

    Open Forum     |      May 10, 2024

    Sustainable Population Australia is alarmed that the NSW Biodiversity Outlook Report 2024 fails to identify population numbers and growth as the underlying causes of biodiversity decline in the state.

  • Lobbying gets an orange pass

    Joo-Cheong Tham     |      May 10, 2024

    The recently released Senate report on lobbying in the Federal government passes the buck on improving transparency or strengthening legislation against bribery and influence peddling to protect democracy.

  • Beware trendy weight loss solutions

    Saw Pui San     |      May 10, 2024

    The diabetes drug Semaglutide (marketed as Ozempic) is being promoted by celebrity influencers and websites as an “empowering” weight loss aid but its long-term impacts remain to be seen.

  • Debt weight

    James Goldie     |      May 10, 2024

    One in three young Australians saw their HELP debt go backwards due to inflation last year, but new Federal policy announced last week should help partially address this spiral of ever-increasing debt.

  • The long road from innovation to commercial reality

    Iven Mareels     |      May 9, 2024

    We may punch above our weight when it comes to research, but we certainly don’t in realising the commercial impact from it.

  • Revenge of the business card

    Jane Menzies     |      May 9, 2024

    Unlike fax machines, rolodexes and dictation cassettes, the humble business card hasn’t entirely succumbed to the rise of digital media and the mobile phone.

  • Party of one

    Robert Wihtol     |      May 9, 2024

    China faces myriad challenges, from a sluggish economy, a huge property bubble and a demographic time bomb to deeply indebted local governments. But the fact that it is run by one man who is unwilling either to share power or to designate a successor may yet prove to be its biggest problem.