• Economy

    Is technology slowing growth?


    Richard Holden |  June 19, 2021


    Technology is usually assumed to be a spur for growth, but recent innovations may have actually reduced global economic productivity.


  • Economy

    Maintaining ethical supply chains


    Medo Pournader |  June 19, 2021


    Human rights groups and researchers are warning that a combination of increased unemployment and new demand for labour in expanding areas like personal protective equipment (PPE) and agriculture means there is a real risk of increased worker exploitation and even slavery.


  • International

    The magnificent G7


    David Vines |  June 19, 2021


    The Cornwall G7 conference produced some impressive sounding pledges but the proof of the new spirit of international cooperation will be in the detail of their implementation.


Latest Story

  • The more you know, the less you need

    Alan Stevenson     |      June 1, 2021

    Indigenous traditions of food cultivation highlight the different approaches of European and indigenous people to environmental knowledge and land management.

  • Remember the seasonal flu?

    Clive Williams     |      June 1, 2021

    While COVID has dominated the headlines since the start of last year, seasonal flu and other viruses will continue to kill Australians long after Covid-19 has been contained around the world.

  • Time to make cyber security compulsory

    Richard Oloruntoba     |      May 31, 2021

    A cyber security compliance program would be financially costly, but would be a worthwhile investment to protect our infrastructure given the societal impact of cyber attacks.

  • Home is where the heart is

    Open Forum     |      May 31, 2021

    The number of Medicare-subsidised palliative care services received by Australians in their own home almost doubled between 2015–16 and 2019–20, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

  • What should modern nation-building look like?

    John Coyne     |      May 31, 2021

    Rather than one-off investment ‘announceables’, Australia’s post-COVID recovery demands ‘big-picture’ nation-building that offers a vision for the future on the same grand scale as major schemes of the past.

  • Samoa’s constitutional crisis

    Kerryn Baker     |      May 30, 2021

    Samoa has elected its first woman prime minister. Now an ongoing constitutional crisis, ironically centred around competing interpretations of Samoa’s parliamentary gender quota provisions, is preventing her from taking power.

  • Was it worth it?

    Ian Dudgeon     |      May 30, 2021

    After 20 years of war, western forces, including Australia’s handful of troops, are withdrawing from Afghanistan, leaving the Taliban in control of 60% of the country. Was our deployment worth the costs? Ian Dudgeon says yes.

  • Standing up to China

    Yan Bennett     |      May 30, 2021

    It is not racist or ‘anti-Asian’ to oppose China’s bullying affronts to human rights and the international rule of law.

  • They’re here…?

    Alan Stevenson     |      May 29, 2021

    Recent revelations of UFO sightings by American Navy fighter pilots may not be proof of alien visitation, but are certainly worthy of further serious scientific investigation.

  • What really happened in Wuhan?

    Peter Jennings     |      May 29, 2021

    An American review into the murky origins of the pandemic which has disrupted the world over the past 18 months may help light on some issues the Chinese Communist Party would rather stay hidden.

  • Bouncing back

    Richard Holden     |      May 29, 2021

    An uptick in business investment suggests a bright outlook for jobs and output as the economy recovers from the measures imposed to control COVID-19.

  • Education for global citizenship and sustainability

    Jason Beech     |      May 28, 2021

    The ethical decisions that we make in the next few years will be critical for the future of our species, our communities, and the ecosystems we inhabit. To successfully address the challenges we’re facing, we’ll need to collaborate both within our communities and on a global scale.