Opinion

masked man waits for the light rail in sydney

In Hong Kong, SARS created a new social norm, where people accepted mask use as part of their 'civic responsibility'.

sydney harbour bridge surrounded by fog

The last time Australia's unemployment rate was below 5% was June 2011.

collapsed apartment building in miami with rescue crew

The Miami apartment collapse is a grim reminder of why engineering matters, and why comprehensive education in ethics should be embedded in the training of engineers.

oxidised copper in rock

Using geology and AI, a virtual model of how the Earth's tectonic plates have evolved can help reveal deposits of copper.

A person holds a mobile phone with Twitter app open

Researchers found the letters X, Y, and Z make tweets more shareable. The nonsensical result shows how easily statistics can be misused.

People wearing masks wait in line for a COVID-19 test

JobKeeper and the Coronavirus Supplement ended earlier this year. But the last few months in have shown the COVID crisis is far from over in Australia.

A senior Aboriginal man receiving a COVID-19 vaccine

As the Delta strain spreads in Australia, there is increasing urgency to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are vaccinated.

woman in a wheelchair is helped into a vehicle

The proposed NDIS independent assessments have been controversial. Data doesn't really tell us whether they'd deliver for Australians with disability.

covid cleaning crew in a community mall

Pitting health against the economy is a false dichotomy.

Philip Lowe, an Australian economist who is the current Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia

The Reserve Bank governor's 'forward guidance' risks him not adapting to changing circumstances, or undermining his credibility.

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