• Politics and Policy

    Will the real Labor party stand up?


    Shaun Carney |  May 23, 2022


    Australia voted for change despite Labor’s campaign rather than because of it, given Anthony Albanese’s gaffes and insipid appeal to the electorate, so will a minority Labor government with less than a third of the primary vote develop a bolder agenda in power?


  • Politics and Policy

    Liberals at the crossroads


    Mark Kenny |  May 23, 2022


    Scott Morrison’s strategy of abandoning moderate heartland seats, spurning professional women, emphasising wedge issues and infuriating Western Australia has backfired spectacularly, leaving the Liberal party with fundamental questions about its identity after nine years of power.


  • Politics and Policy

    The fine art and inexact science of Australian politics


    Graeme Dobell |  May 23, 2022


    After twenty years of squabbling and inaction by both sides of politics, the 2022 election has surely brought the ‘climate wars’ to a close, but both Labor and the Liberals will have new battles to fight in government and opposition.


Latest Story

  • Russia attacks and the whole world suffers

    Olga Oleinikova     |      May 7, 2022

    Beyond the ruined cities, murdered civilians and raped women of Ukraine, the global consequences of Russia’s attack include food shortages and global price spikes as well as millions of refugees, underlining the case for global action to defeat the invasion.

  • New frog species gives hope for the future

    Open Forum     |      May 7, 2022

    In an age when many frogs and other amphibians are facing extinction due to habitat loss, disease and climate change, the discovery of a new frog species in a national park on the border of Queensland and New South Wales gives hope that all is not lost for the future.

  • Australia’s dementia crisis

    Emi Berry     |      May 7, 2022

    Half a million Australians have some form of dementia, and a million and a half more people are involved in their care, a figure expected to triple by 2050 as the population ages overall.

  • Disturbing the peace

    Peter Jennings     |      May 7, 2022

    The increasing threat which Russian and China pose to their neighbours will only ramp up the threat to world peace in 2022.

  • Destroying Russia’s war machine

    Frank Ledwidge     |      May 6, 2022

    The West refused to support Ukraine in the past, and gave a green light to Russia’s invasion, but the success of Ukraine’s resistance means that Western aid is now pouring in and Russia’s once vaunted military machine is being humiliated.

  • Is anybody out there?

    Chris Impey     |      May 6, 2022

    The passive search for alien intelligence has failed to bear fruit, so scientists are now actively sending messages to potentially habitable planets.

  • Russia’s debacle gives China pause for thought

    Paul Dibb     |      May 6, 2022

    A swift Russian victory in Ukraine would surely have encouraged China to invade Taiwan, but determined local resistance, effective sanctions and the power of modern Western weapons will give Xi pause for thought.

  • Don’t let Russia turn Ukraine into Syria

    Nicolas Tenze     |      May 5, 2022

    Russia brutalised Syrian cities and civilians in its brutal campaign to prop up Assad’s appalling regime, and its repeating the same thuggish playbook in its desire to crush Ukraine.

  • Who’s up at half time in the election campaign?

    Mark Kenny     |      May 5, 2022

    Half way through the interminable Australian Federal election campaign, whose stock has risen and who has faltered in the face of the ultimate political challenge?

  • Crafting mentally healthy workplaces

    Victoria Tichá     |      May 5, 2022

    Prevention is a crucial aspect of addressing mental health in the workplace, and it starts with organisational culture, says UNSW Business School’s Frederik Anseel.

  • 12 reasons to arm Ukraine

    Maria Berlinska     |      May 4, 2022

    The USA and Europe sat on its hands while Russia menaced Ukraine, with all too many people either excusing Putin’s actions or shying from the fight. Now that Ukraine has proved its ability and will to survive, the West has a moral and self-interested duty to help the Ukrainian military win its struggle against tyranny and aggression.

  • How the Liberals lost the ‘moral middle class’

    Judith Brett     |      May 4, 2022

    The strength of support for the 15 ‘teal’ candidates in once blue ribbon Liberal seats could play a pivotal role in deciding the Federal election.