Opinion

Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe

The independence of Australia’s central bank doesn’t make it infallible. It should welcome peer review.

man looking out onto the water

That no Australian government in almost a decade has successfully brought this policy to a formal close is astonishing. In fact, Australia ceased transferring new arrivals offshore in 2014.

The STM Kargu attack drone. STM

Like atomic bombs and chemical and biological weapons, deadly drones that make their own decisions must be tightly controlled by an international treaty.

a qantas plane taxis on the tarmac with a delta flight taking off behind it

Australians who normally live overseas will face an even tougher time coming back to Australia, under new rules that start this week.

people look in amazement at a crystal ball

Ironically, it is the “ivory-tower” economists who tend to do the most interesting, and valuable, work.

illustration of computerised globe and scientific symbols floating in front of an actual sunset

An article in the eminent US magazine Science has triggered debate over whether scientists should use climate models. Here’s what you should know about climate models ahead of today’s IPCC report.

a masked woman walks by sydney opera house

NSW needs to mandate masks outdoors, provide adequate financial support, set up a ‘ring of steel’, use rapid tests for essential workers, and ensure cases not in full isolation get to zero, among others.

people looking for jobs on their devices

Automation is set to put a lot of people out of work - but machine learning could help them find their next career.

stock photo showing people coming into university and graduating

The sameness of the way in which universities present themselves is based on a shared view of what they think stakeholders want. Behind the official facade it’s more like ‘organised anarchy’.

a woman in a city at night waves to her ride share vehicle

Uber’s downsides are well publicised, but it may have a big social benefit in helping to reduce the incidence of drunk driving.

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