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Aug 10, 2020
Death in Rabaul: a forgotten battle from the Pacific WarAugust 10, 2020
During the Second World War, in 1942, Japan invaded Rabaul, in New Guinea, then a part of Australia. Over a thousand Australians died. Why have we forgotten this?
Aug 06, 2020
Riding the second wave of the coronavirusAugust 06, 2020
The second wave of coronavirus has shaken us all . Victorians have endured tough restrictions and the State is isolated from the rest of Australia. So what does this teach us about the way to handle the virus? Without a vaccine, will we continue to go in and out of lockdown? And if a vaccine is developed will some people still be hesitant to vaccinate?
Aug 05, 2020
Secrets, spying and press freedomAugust 05, 2020
Imagine you are a journalist who has broken a big story you believe is in the public interest. A year elapses and then, without warning, your home is raided, and the AFP is suddenly rifling through your most intimate belongings. This is what happened to Annika Smethurst, who feared she would go to jail for revealing classified information.
Aug 04, 2020
Poland – democracy in crisisAugust 04, 2020
Poland’s ruling party is racing to eliminate judicial independence. This move is seen as an assault on democracy and is setting the country on a collision course with the European Union. Simmering for several years, the crisis is now boiling over. A new bill enables the government to punish judges for publicly criticizing the attack on the separation of power or questioning the validity of government appointed judges. Find out why the attach on the...
Aug 03, 2020
Greening the economy after CovidAugust 03, 2020
The economic cost of the Covid-19 pandemic will be felt for decades but there’s another crisis needing urgent attention and that’s climate change .As the economy recovers from Covid-19, can we also improve the health of the planet by investing in green industries? A green economic recovery could be a win for the climate and a win for the economy.
Jul 30, 2020
Preparing for future pandemicsJuly 30, 2020
We know that the coronavirus pandemic won’t be our last. Other viruses have the potential to jump from animals to humans. So how can we strengthen global defences against future pandemics? And what’s been Australia’s best weapon in the fight against Covid-19?
Jul 29, 2020
David Kilkullen on the security threats to the WestJuly 29, 2020
Security analyst and counterinsurgency expert, David Kilcullen, believes the West is ill-prepared to deal with the new security threats it faces — including China and non-state adversaries. He is speaking with Paul Barclay.
Jul 28, 2020
Global co-operation in the Covid eraJuly 28, 2020
What will the world look like on the other side of this pandemic? After decades of facilitating the free flow of people, goods and services, nations are strengthening their borders to protect the health of their citizens. Will globalisation be in retreat as a result of Covid-19 or will the pandemic underline the need for global co-operation ?
Jul 27, 2020
The science of successJuly 27, 2020
How can you turn failure into success? And even learn to love your mistakes? Table tennis champion Matthew Syed explains that we need to change our perception that talent is crucial for success into accepting that failure is temporary. Only then do you believe in the potential for growth. The mindset to learn from mistakes is common in many sports, but not prevalent in our social and political institutions.
Jul 23, 2020
The risk of blundering into a nuclear warJuly 23, 2020
Throughout America’s atomic history, the president has solely held the power to start a nuclear war. For decades, glitches and slipups have threatened to trigger such a war – unintentionally. A faulty 46-cent microchip nearly caused World War III, and we have cyber-attacks as well. Former US secretary of defense William Perry and security expert Tom Collina condemn leaving explosive power this devastating under one person’s decision and outline the...