• Education

    School-leavers need better career education to make good choices


    Open Forum |  September 19, 2019


    The latest report from Global Access Partners (GAP) says universities should be encouraged to offer credit to school-leavers who achieve high results in relevant senior secondary courses, as well as develop new courses for specialist career educators.


  • Education

    The challenge of the contemporary university


    James Arvanitakis |  September 19, 2019


    Professor James Arvanitakis argues that universities must consciously train graduates to be active, engaged, empowered and committed citizens, as well as pursuing traditional scholarship, if the world’s ‘wicked problems’ are to be addressed in time.


  • Society

    Treading softly in power diplomacy


    Natalia Grincheva |  September 19, 2019


    Museums have emerged as new and effective actors of cultural soft power, including institutions in countries like China and Russia whose interests and actions seem diametrically opposed to the West.


Latest Story

  • Bringing Hong Kong back from the brink

    Keith Richburg     |      September 3, 2019

    Hong Kong’s current crisis is the result of the absence of politics. The chief executive and the cabinet were never elected, are unrepresentative and do not have to answer to ordinary Hong Kongers. Average citizens also feel they have no stake in a leadership system that ignores their needs, serves mostly the wealthy elite, and is answerable only to Beijing.

  • Preparing for Mars – in the outback

    Isabelle Dubach     |      September 3, 2019

    UNSW scientists have shown a group of Mars specialists the secrets of the remote Pilbara’s ancient rocks to prepare for NASA’s and ESA’s future missions to the red planet.

  • Organised crime is testing Australia’s onshore migration program

    John Coyne     |      September 2, 2019

    Operation Sovereign Borders has reduced the number of irregular migrants dying at sea and stemmed the flow of people-smuggling ventures to Australia. Unfortunately, this success has come at great cost to our nation’s finances, and possibly our humanity.

  • Graduates warned off unpaid “job” adverts

    Jessica Richards     |      September 2, 2019

    While undergraduates who undertake internships as part of their degree are under regulation by an academic supervisor, recent graduates are routinely exploited by unscrupulous employers offering ‘jobs’ with no payment.

  • Winning the fight against malaria

    Open Forum     |      September 2, 2019

    Research is paving the way for the development of new malaria drugs that could both treat and block transmission of the deadly disease.

  • Sco-Mo – The first hundred days

    James Walter     |      September 1, 2019

    This week marked Scott Morrison’s first 100 days since his surprise re-election as Prime Minister. What are the pros and cons on his report card so far?

  • Saving vines from bushfire smoke

    Stuart Winthrope     |      September 1, 2019

    Wine vintages can be ruined by smoke contamination from nearby bushfires, but new digital agriculture tools could help both large and small winemakers reduce the damage.

  • “Tough corals” offer hope for Australia’s mangroves

    Open Forum     |      September 1, 2019

    Scientists say that newly discovered ‘tough corals” must be protected to preserve fragile mangrove habitats threatened by climate change.

  • How to have good arguments

    Luke Zaphir     |      August 31, 2019

    If we approach all people as having worthwhile ideas, we’ll not only encourage them to present clearer ideas but also make everyone feel valued.

  • Queensland ballet enthuses kindy kids

    Open Forum     |      August 31, 2019

    Children from a Caboolture kindergarten have discovered the joy of dance, courtesy of a free program run by Queensland Ballet, improving their learning, self-confidence and social skills.

  • Parramatta study reveals ways to reduce city temperatures by 2°C

    Fran Strachan     |      August 31, 2019

    Cooling strategies, such as increased greenery and shading and the installation of water features, can help mitigate urban heat.

  • Can internet voting keep our votes secure?

    Vanessa Teague     |      August 30, 2019

    Victoria’s Electoral Matters Committee is looking at how our elections are conducted and internet voting is a real option. But is there any real proof that our votes would be safe from tampering?