Big Ideas

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Big Ideas brings you the best of talks, forums, debates, and festivals held in Australia and around the world, casting light on the major social, cultural, scientific and political issues

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 rule of law in Poland was so successful.

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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 …
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?
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.
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 …
The science of success July 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 …
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 …
Borders and the pandemic July 22, 2020
Coronavirus has shut international borders, closed borders within Australia, forced countries to isolate, brought an end to global mobility, and put globalism itself into reverse. How do we prevent a rise in xenophobia, authoritarianism and isolationism and a lurch toward cold war conflict?
Economic sanctions serve to resolve international conflicts without resorting to violence and war. That’s the theory. But how well do they really work? They seem to have been successful in ending apartheid in South Africa or finalising the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. But it’s crucial that the big economies stand …
A billion dollar stimulus package is life support for our economy but sooner or later the government will pull the plug. Is there a risk of relapse if it happens too quickly? The Grattan Institute has a prescription for economic recovery with policy recommendations for household finances, transport , employment …
When Julia Gillard became our first female Prime Minister she fought a war on two fronts One to get her policies through. The other to fend off attacks from the gender warriors. Why are female leaders judged differently to men and how do we change the game? Prominent female leaders …
What does not kill you, makes you stronger - so the saying goes. But how much truth is there to this old cliché? Can a life altering trauma, or crisis, really lead to personal growth? Psychologist, David Roland, believes it can. Paul Barclay speaks to David and three other individuals …
Should things go back to the way they were before Covid-19 or is it an opportunity to do things differently? A greater investment in public services and public ownership could be the legacy of this pandemic.
The modern Middle East with the nations we know today is an artificial construct. In 1919, the victorious allies of WWI carved up the region into new countries — shaped by post-war greed and ambition, not based on historic communities. The result is the violence we see today.
To mark Constitution Day on July 9, Paul Barclay talks to a panel of experts about the COVID-19 pandemic and the constitution. How have state and federal relationships equipped the nation to address this ongoing public health, and economic, crisis?
Jill Stark was wracked by paralysing anxiety and serious depression. She hit rock bottom, her mental health crisis flaring up in the aftermath of a personal triumph: the success of her debut book. She talks to Paul Barclay about the myth of happiness, what her personal struggles have taught her, …
It’s often said that cats have slaves, not owners. But as part of the ABC’s Your Mental Health week — focussing on how to improve our mental health and wellbeing in these challenging time — Big Ideas returns to these moving personal tales of the pet cats who rescued their …
Pet ownership has been linked to mental health and wellbeing. So as part of Your Mental Health — an ABC initiative to help us navigate through these unusual and trying times — Big Ideas revisits this discussion about the value of having a canine companion. Dogs are be trained to …
How do we reinvent ourselves after the coronavirus? Nothing can go back to being exactly as it was in the way we work, travel or study. Our universities in particular face a budget black hole with the loss of international students and the prospect of more students remote and online. …
Neglect of the elderly is rife in Australia. An ageing population also means an increase in dementia, with many saying they would rather end their life than endure the disease