• Environment

    We’re not powerless in the face of bushfires


    Paul Read |  November 15, 2019


    The fires devastating Australia – and other regions of the world – are a direct or indirect consequence of human actions, and so we also have the power to prevent them, if we choose to act.


  • Politics and Policy

    Nuance and nostalgia


    Frank Bongiorno |  November 15, 2019


    The internal report on Labor’s election debacle bemoans the party’s tendency to become the vehicle for various interests with diverse grievances at the expense of serving the needs of economically insecure working-class voters.


  • Science and Technology

    Realising the promise of Space 3.0


    Open Forum |  November 15, 2019


    The new Australian Space Agency and the growth of our commercial space sector gives us a golden opportunity to play our part in Space 3.0 and open up the “high frontier” for the next great leap for humankind.


Latest Story

  • Conservatives should want to act on climate change

    Claire Young     |      November 14, 2019

    Conservatives shouldn’t be prepared to see the homes and businesses Australians have worked hard for being lost to more intense droughts, bushfires or floods.

  • The great outdoors

    Open Forum     |      November 14, 2019

    Australia’s national parks are worth about $145 billion a year in the improved mental health of their visitors, according to initial estimates published by a team of Griffith University researchers.

  • Virtual reality can improve real sports performance

    Open Forum     |      November 14, 2019

    Virtual reality could become the next big thing to complement sports training as new research from the University of South Australia shows that it can significantly improve players’ real-world sports skills.

  • Smart tech can get traffic moving

    Hussein Dia     |      November 13, 2019

    Smart technology can improve traffic flows on existing roads at a fraction of the cost of building new infrastructure.

  • Learning from Denmark to reduce teenage self-harm

    Sarah Steeg     |      November 13, 2019

    Denmark’s success in reducing teenage self-harm suggests that positive social media and more support services can offset the pressures of school and work which can drive young people to damaging behaviours.

  • The death of a “grievance-based organisation”

    Michelle Grattan     |      November 13, 2019

    Did Labor really lose the Federal election “because of a weak strategy that could not adapt to the change in Liberal leadership, a cluttered policy agenda that looked risky and an unpopular leader”.

  • The burning season

    Open Forum     |      November 12, 2019

    The early-season bushfires in Queensland and NSW and ‘catastrophic’ conditions around Sydney are a worrying sign of more to come over the summer.

  • Australia can prosper by fighting climate change

    Ross Garnaut     |      November 12, 2019

    If Australia is to realise its immense opportunity in a zero-carbon world, it will need a different policy framework. We can make a strong start even with the incomplete and weak policies and commitments we have today.

  • A foot in both camps

    Dawn Lo     |      November 12, 2019

    From an initial interest in optometry to managing a start-up to joining one of the world’s biggest tech giant – UNSW Business School alumna Jenny Chu has tried it all in the pursuit of a fulfilling career.

  • Putin bounces back

    David Uren     |      November 12, 2019

    How does a country with an economy the size of Spain, corruption on a par with Papua New Guinea and life expectancy below Libya still cast a shadow over Europe?

  • Will Australia support a shift to lifelong learning?

    Caitlin Ruddock     |      November 11, 2019

    Dr Caitlin Ruddock reflects on the discussions at the recent GAP Summit on Lifelong Learning and the challenges Australian educationalists and policy makers face in closing our gaps in skills and knowledge.

  • The world needs political leadership from its democracies

    Chris Patten     |      November 11, 2019

    Democratic leaders must teach their electorates once again that countries must cooperate to tackle global problems such as mass migration, arms proliferation and environmental loss.