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This Month

Many more skilled workers will be needed in the future, not least to enable the clean energy transformation.

How to get fiscal dividend from a jobs, skills and training virtuous cycle

Reforms in vocational and higher education, and migration, can realistically aim to promote economic growth and would more than repay the upfront investment cost.

  • Peter Dawkins

Gut bacteria, psychedelics and the future of mental health treatments

This accessible book looks at how our brains work and evaluates hyped treatments for our most common psychological problems.

  • Tanveer Ahmed

Nobel for mRNA vaccine shows power of perseverance

Some of the joy of today’s prize is that it rewards Katalin Karikó’s many decades of effort to convince the world mRNA held promise as a therapeutic.

  • Lisa Jarvis
Jason Clare.

Commissions banned, students monitored under visa fraud crackdown

The government says the “roots and loopholes” plaguing the visa system will be over after a raft of reforms and changes this week.

  • Julie Hare
Education Minister Jason Clare says he likes the idea of naming and shaming childcare centres that charge over-the-top fees.

Government threatens to ‘name and shame’ childcare centres gouging

Margins in the sector are highly varied, with head office expenses and the cost of chains trying to grow chewing up large operators’ profits.

  • Nick Bonyhady and Julie Hare
Australia has among the highest priced childcare in the OECD.

Market forces in childcare have failed families: ACCC

Childcare in Australia is less affordable than almost all other comparable countries and despite government contributions being almost double the OECD average.

  • Julie Hare


The Yale University campus in New Haven, Connecticut.

Wealthy parents are spending $1.2m to get kids into top unis

With 24/7 tutors and lots of hand-holding, high-end consultants are taking the admissions race in the US to the next level.

  • Francesca Maglione and Paulina Cachero
There is much scope to boost universities’ contribution to the future economy.

It’s time to reshape universities for national good

Our tertiary institutions are a national asset, but collaboration with industry is a missed opportunity and should be a focus of the review now under way.

  • Innes Willox
Former Yale student Saifullah Khan outside the courthouse where he was acquitted of raping a fellow student.

Cleared of rape, a university student sues for defamation

A woman’s allegation led to the expulsion from Yale of Saifullah Khan, who is seeking $170 million through a lawsuit that could end her anonymity.

  • Vimal Patel

Why we need to rethink careers education in schools

While some positive school-community engagement exists, it is still not systemically embedded in the ways schools operate.

  • Doug Taylor
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at a Goodstart Early Learning Centre last year.

The best start for kids free of fees, Centrelink and activity tests

New analysis reveals poor families readily accessed childcare when it was free during the pandemic – the very children who will get the greatest benefit.

  • Julie Hare
The most powerful quantum computer in the southern hemisphere is seen at the University of Sydney Nanoscience Hub.

These fridges cost $1m, but our future depends on them

Australia needs a new vision for a collaborative approach to lift our investment in R&D.

  • Emma Johnston
Sex-education campaigner and author Chanel Contos.

Contos wants your teenage boys to understand sex

At 15, I learnt that what I considered regular male sexual behaviour was criminal. The realisation helped ignite a national movement.

  • Chanel Contos

Opening doors to China is good for everyone

Learning, education and knowledge can change our relationships and the world. We need to know this Asian giant more, not less.

  • Vicki Thomson
The dawn of the Ozempic era should light the fire under alcoholic drink makers to bulk up their health-conscious offerings faster.

Weight loss drugs such as Ozempic also cut the desire to drink alcohol

The makers of intoxicating beverages could become big losers if the likes of Wegovy and Mounjaro become widely used.

  • Lisa Jarvis and Leticia Miranda
New treatment categories show promise in the treatment of addictions.

The end of addiction? Scientists are re-engineering our brains

New gene therapies could hold the key to freeing addicts from their abusive cycles – but will altering their receptors change their personalities as well?

  • David Cox
Public universities will not be able to meet targets in the universities accord on their own.

Private colleges the only way to get to O’Kane’s big target

The universities accord holds at its core a doubling of the number of university students by 2050. The only way to get there is to embrace the private sector.

  • Peter Hendy


Immigration minister has cancelled a visa that has been at the centre of widespread rorting.

O’Neil cancels COVID visa to stamp out rorting

Immigration minister Clare O’Neil has put an end to the 408 visa that has been abused by migration agents and students as a backdoor to the jobs market.

  • Julie Hare
Shadow education minister Sarah Henderson says explicit instruction should be mandated university teacher education courses.

‘Dud’ teaching degrees to blame for failing schools: Henderson

The opposition education minister said “deficient” university teacher education courses were to blame for falling school performance and should be defunded.

  • Julie Hare
Professor Schmidt, on his moon ball bean bag in his office, was the person behind Christopher Pyne’s “I’m the fixer” moment.

Outgoing ANU boss predicts greater role for private colleges

A 20-year horizon on higher education will be very different from today, says Brian Schmidt, who revealed his role behind Christopher Pyne’s “fixer” moment.

  • Julie Hare