Opinion

Sydney park

COVID-19 has upturned uses of public spaces that we took for granted. Will shifts in the regulation of these spaces lead to a change in thinking about who “owns” the city?

A woman wearing a protective mask and gloves uses a mobile phone

The lack of information on the contact-tracing app raises questions about its potential for success and future repurposing, says data surveillance and privacy expert.

sad anxious woman

Is it safe to nip out for milk? Should I download the COVIDSafe app? Is it OK to wear my pyjamas in a Zoom meeting? All these extra decisions are taking their toll.

pop art money

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the fact we are failing to collect tax revenue and also giving away hundreds of billions in tax concessions.

Two men on mobile phones walk towards each other on a street

The contract tracing scheme will need to be amended to win the trust of those currently undecided, say UNSW experts.

Nelson Mandela

In Apartheid’s Shadow explores how apartheid, and the vast transnational movement against it, is a difficult reminder of Australia’s own racialised past and discriminatory present.

Captain Cook

Britain had an urgent problem after it lost its American colonies: where to send its convicts. It settled on NSW after rejecting other options, but the new spot didn't exactly live up to its billing.

Opera House lockdown

We've prevented many deaths, many of them at the cost of other deaths. The accounting ought to be made clear.

wind farm

The federal government is spending $94 million to buy cheap oil. Instead, Australia should use the money to manufacture our own energy.

hospital patient

Drop, suspend, downgrade or keep? Many people are feeling the pinch and wondering if private heath insurance is worth keeping during the coronavirus pandemic. Here's what to consider.

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