• Science and Technology

    The perils of facial recognition technology


    Birgit Schippers |  August 25, 2019


    Activists, politicians, academics and even police forces are expressing serious concerns over the impact facial recognition could have on a political culture based on rights and democracy.


  • Infrastructure

    Addressing housing for older people


    Wendy Stone |  August 25, 2019


    Australia faces a massive challenge delivering suitable housing for an ageing population, but what do older Australians actually want from their housing. And what can be done to ensure future supply matches demand?


  • Security

    More arms won’t win the political war


    Tom Uren |  August 25, 2019


    By failing to be forthcoming and transparent about foreign disinformation campaigns, the Australian government is effectively ceding the ‘high ground’ of political warfare to our ideological adversaries.


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  • Cutting health costs through better prosthesis

    Stephen Duckett     |      August 24, 2019

    Health insurance costs are rising and the price of prostheses such as hip replacements are partly to blame. Fortunately there is a way to rein in costs – and give patients more choice and better devices.

  • Aid must cover more than infrastructure

    Terence Wood     |      August 24, 2019

    Improving Pacific infrastructure will help the region’s development, but a wider range of aid is required to help Pacific islands make the most of their potential.

  • Maximising the economic benefit of Australia’s defence projects

    Marcus Hellyer     |      August 24, 2019

    The Department of Defence needs to ensure that current and future megaprojects actively foster Australian innovation and maximise local industry involvement in areas of high economic value.

  • Paternal perceptions

    Alistair Thomson     |      August 23, 2019

    New research is examining the evolution of Australian fatherhood and family responsibilities over the past 100 years.

  • Hong Kong: The canary in the coal mine

    Brendan Clift     |      August 23, 2019

    Hong Kong continues to be wracked by civil unrest as its people protest against Chinese oppression. How did it come to this, what does it signal, and where is it likely to end?

  • That Instagram post may cost you more than you think

    Chris Culnane     |      August 23, 2019

    We don’t really know how social media posts are being used or evaluated by banks. We need greater transparency around exactly how our data will be used and the ability to challenge decisions.

  • Improving the finance sector for all Australians

    Chris Culnane     |      August 22, 2019

    Trust in our financial services has been shaken by scandals, but in a new white paper, FinFuture, researchers show how the system can be reformed to protect citizen’s financial well-being.

  • Heads up – Skateboards are more dangerous than rugby

    Open Forum     |      August 22, 2019

    An Australian/ New Zealand study examining childhood head injuries has found that children who do recreational sports like horse riding and skate boarding are more at risk than kids playing contact sports like AFL or rugby.

  • Twitter and Facebook counter China’s information onslaught

    Jake Wallis     |      August 22, 2019

    The bans on Chinese propaganda accounts by Twitter and Facebook highlights how the Chinese government uses media power to shape the narrative and project its own interests.

  • Age diversity is good for business

    Catherine Fritz-Kalish     |      August 21, 2019

    The social consensus around the value of productive ageing has not been reflected in business practices, and so fresh approaches are required: a report from the recent GAP Roundtable identifies the biggest barrier to mature-age employment.

  • Taking back our online privacy

    Katharine Kemp     |      August 21, 2019

    An entire industry exists to profile your life from your online data – everything from your shopping habits to your political views and medical conditions – and the results can cause genuine harm.

  • Securing consensus on national security

    John McCarthy     |      August 21, 2019

    With the federal election out of the way, and some welcome stability in the leadership of the major political parties in prospect, Australia now faces the challenge of forging a national consensus on an external security policy that reflects our self-confidence and maturity as a nation.