‘Have you tried to turn it off and on again?’ Since John Howard left office, no Australian Prime Minister has survived from one election to the next. After a decade of poisoned chalices, late-night knifings, parliamentary chaos, and increasing partisanship, it’s safe to say that treating our democracy like a paralysed computer has done nothing to relieve the paralysis in Canberra. Quite the opposite. Voters realised this years ago and have punished the major parties accordingly. Now, despite Tony Abbott’s continued insidious presence in parliament, it seems that the penny might have dropped for the Liberal Party, having spectacularly ceded the moral high ground they so righteously held over Labor’s Killing Season. Meanwhile, Australian science has been chugging along, continuing to turn out world-class scientists and research. With science so readily politicised in parliament and the media, scientists themselves are increasingly required to act as a political voice to warn against our changing climate and the risks to the Reef, agriculture, the economy, and our way-of-life. As if this weren’t enough, despite being respected as one of the great science nations of the world, Australian science is facing its own existential threats. To name but a few, these include: declining education outcomes in STEM; long-term funding cuts to CSIRO; a lack of sustainable university funding; and little forward-thinking investment in the manufacturing and technologies of the future… After a decade of the worst of political short-termism, now is the time for a true reset. It is up to whoever leads Australia in 2019 to take a system-level approach to Australia’s scientific, economic, and environmental place in the world. In this edition several of Australia’s most respected public voices tackle some of these issues, including the eminent Geoffrey Robertson QC, David Ritter, head of Greenpeace Australia, and Professor Veena Sahajwalla from UNSW. Whether it’s climate change, the recycling crisis, or international corruption, we need to change how we see, think, and talk about the challenges we are facing as a society. The old ways may no longer be the best ways. Happy reading!