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All ten recommendations to the Review of the Australian Research Council (ARC) were agreed to, or agreed in principle, by the Australian Government in a major reform that will signal the end to Ministerial vetos and seek to restore research integrity.

Dishonest politicians and the failure to act on mounting evidence of Robodebt’s inaccuracies has led to a major distrust in technology, media and essential services for our country’s most vulnerable people. Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship recipient Terry Flew FAHA explains how his mediated trust research can help us better understand questions of trust as they relate to news media, digital platforms, corporations, and global institutions.

In 2023, we have mostly emerged from the extremes of isolation, but the effects of COVID-19 lockdowns on academia have converged with our looming environmental catastrophe. President of the Academy of Humanities Lesley Head FASSA FAHA reminds us that humanities scholars have the unique tools to address the challenges the world is throwing our way.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.