Julia Gillard's yuan conversion offer and framework for bilateral relations with China puts Australia in the right place at the right time, writes Tim Harcourt.
The Governor-General has hosted a high-level reception in New York for UNSW law professor and UN representative Megan Davis.
The World Council of Optometry has awarded eye care innovator Professor Brien Holden with its highest honour, the Distinguished Service Medal.
The long-established notion that peacekeepers should not initiate military offensives is now being blurred by a UN force deployed in the Congo, writes Jeni Whalan.
Tony Abbott's use of the word "illegal" to describe asylum seekers shines a spotlight on the Opposition's feeble grasp of international law, writes Jane McAdam.
Science is expensive but cutting spending will be more costly in the long run, warns Professor Merlin Crossley.
The real and direct impact of ocean-going plastic is not where it ends up, but the route it takes from our beaches to the great ocean garbage patches, writes Erik Van Sebille.
People with disabilities face extraordinary barriers to justice, experts have warned at an Australian Human Rights Commission meeting held at UNSW.
The first continental-scale reconstruction of temperatures over the past 2000 years highlights the unusual nature of the 20th century warming.
Tax reform being called for by the Business Council of Australia can only happen if politics and vested interests are put aside, writes Dale Boccabella.