• Culture

    Why the ABC must stand firm against threats to its independence

    Denis Muller |  July 15, 2018

    Editorial independence does not mean giving journalists licence to broadcast or publish whatever they want or to avoid accountability for their mistakes. It means encouraging journalists to tackle important stories regardless of what people in power might think.

  • Security

    Alliances in the time of hybrid warfare

    Huong Le Thu |  July 15, 2018

    The US–Australia partnership must develop in this time of increasing super-power competition to take account of the changing forms and complexities of tactics and warfare.

  • Health

    Think yourself thinner

    Open Forum |  July 15, 2018

    New research by Curtin University has found that people who want to increase their participation in regular exercise and adopt a healthier lifestyle do better if they mentally visualise themselves doing it.

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  • The harsh realities of the global sport industry

    Niko Besnier     |      July 14, 2018

    The World Cup final will no doubt draw millions of enthusiastic viewers around the world, including young men in impoverished regions who dream of sporting success as the only way to escape poverty, however most of these dreams will end in disappointment.

  • Rethinking our approach to open-source data

    Melissa Liberatore     |      July 14, 2018

    Open-source data is accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Where should the government draw the line between opening data to the public and protecting it for reasons of national security?

  • Why the wealthy should pay a charity levy

    Open Forum     |      July 14, 2018

    Monash sustainability experts believe the country’s high-income earners should pay a charity levy based on a small percentage of their earnings.

  • Teen drinkers face more alcohol problems in later life

    Open Forum     |      July 13, 2018

    A new study has produced robust evidence that adolescents who drink regularly are twice as likely to be binge drinkers and drink drivers as adults. This appears to debunk the idea that teen experimentation with alcohol promotes responsible drinking; instead, it can set a young person up for problem drinking in later life.

  • What can be done about illegal drugs?

    John Coyne     |      July 13, 2018

    Although they regularly hit the headlines, major drug finds and the arrest of significant dealers does little to stem the flow of illegal drugs into Australia. Alternative measures must complement law enforcement to deal with the problem today.

  • Have we really given up on progress?

    Mark Beeson     |      July 13, 2018

    Although it joins a growing list of jeremiads about the possible end of Western civilisation as we know it, Edward Luce’s ‘The Retreat of Western Liberalism’ usefully puts the debate in context and argues that Trump is a symptom, not cause, of many of America’s and the world’s problems.

  • Why Tony Abbott is wrong about the Paris climate accord

    Lucy-Jane Watt     |      July 12, 2018

    We have to stand up and commit ourselves to the realities of climate change, and accept the daunting but achievable task of climate mitigation. We have the skills, knowledge, technology and capability. We just need better leadership.

  • It’s time for hidden sugars to be unmasked

    Open Forum     |      July 12, 2018

    Improved added sugar labelling across all packaged foods would help guide Australians to healthier food choices, according to The George Institute for Global Health.

  • How pets help people with personality disorders

    Open Forum     |      July 12, 2018

    People living with borderline personality disorder may enjoy a better quality of life by owning a pet according to new research led by Curtin University.

  • Sexism, women and Australian politics

    Avery Poole     |      July 11, 2018

    The sexist remark thrown at Senator Sarah Hanson-Young underscores the urgent need for more women in Australian parliament.

  • Could mental health apps lead to over-diagnosis?

    Open Forum     |      July 11, 2018

    There are tens of thousands of commercially available mental health apps on the market, many hugely popular. But how do these apps portray mental health and how does this suggest mental health problems should be managed?

  • The widening gap between ethics and international relations

    Mike Scrafton     |      July 11, 2018

    In 1918 prominent American philosopher James H. Tufts asked, ‘Is there, can there be, any ethics of international relations?’ In the turbulent century since, that question has inspired many attempts at an answer and contemporary events press the issue again.