Australia’s culture of ideas suffers when we starve our creative institutions of funding

Wesley Enoch
Big thinking has been unfashionable for too long. Over the past decade, successive Australian leaders have overseen cuts to universities, the arts and public broadcasting.

NAPLAN needs ditching, not a redesign

Gonski Institute of Education
The report argues against Australia's current national assessment system and its replacement by sample-based assessment complemented by formative teacher-led assessments.

Is the end nigh for the Australian public university?

Allan Patience
For decades, governments have been imposing austerity budgets on public universities. An array of destructive operational requirements further restricts benefits. Institutions and faculties must fight back

The Commonwealth’s neglect of higher education is criminal

Misha Ketchell
The Commonwealth has shown an inexplicable unwillingness to invest in higher education. This is highly damaging to the economy and much more.

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Caerwen Martin: The World Within

Caerwen Martin
When talking through music I can get people to hear and understand what I’m saying.

Music as Industry

Justin O'Connor
Thinking of music as a public good rather than as an industry can help us radically rethink how to approach music policy, how to support it. We would recognise the public value, the ‘communal luxury’ music provides to all of us.

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Kate Moore: Lost in a world of thought

Kate Moore
Although the body is a vessel for sensing, seeing and hearing, the inside world is a well spring connected to a rich and complex underground river system that reaches an unfathomably deep ocean.

This Musical World. The othering of female composers

Mandy Stefanakis
Imagine if … The ‘othering’ of Australian female composers is soooo yesteryear.

Celebrating William Barton, recipient of the 2021 Australia Council Don Banks Music Award

Kirsty Rivers, Richard Letts and Janine Marshman
Indigenous musician William Barton received the Don Banks Music Award, the most prestigious given by the Australia Council for the Arts. Barton learnt the didgeridoo the traditional way from his uncle in outback Queensland. He is a virtuosic and original performer as well as a guitarist, singer and composer.

An ecological approach to musical skill acquisition and creative development

Philip Slater PhD
"'The Dark Pattern' is by far the most consistently sublime and intensely beautiful music I’ve ever heard", wrote reviewer Joe Cummins of Slater's recording. Here, Slater reveals the highly original process that has been his musical life's work over the last five years.

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Emily Wurramara: Listen with your spirit

Emily Wurramara
Emily Wurramara is an Indigenous singer/songwriter. She sees her own success in the context of the rapidly increasing recognition of Australian Indigenous musicians.