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The economic cost of workplace injury and death equals about 4% of the world’s gross domestic product. Jens Schott Knudsen/Flickr

Dying for work: the changing face of work-related injuries

Work has a very important role in health and well-being but it can also be a major risk factor for poor health, disability, and even death.
Belle Gibson didn’t cure her cancer with whole goods – but the outraged response to the deception shows that moral norms still prevail. Richy!/Flickr

Belle Gibson shows that most of us care about right and wrong

We must ask ourselves how healthy it is to publicly shame a vulnerable person and what the right balance is between culpability and a sense of care and generosity to those who have done the wrong thing.
Families cross the Euphrates River seeking the relative safety of Baghdad as Islamic State fighters advance with the goal of creating such violence that people turn from the government to any force capable of restoring peace. EPA/Ahmed Jalil

Islamic State theoreticians have honed plans for battle and a state

Islamic State is a project built on solid foundations by jihadist theorists with decades of experience. The savagery of terrorism precedes the next stage of a caliphate that delivers longed-for order.
Struggling to separate your Future Funds from your forward estimates? AAP/Joel Carrett

A field guide to the 2015 Federal Budget

If you've ever felt bamboozled by the reams of information released in the federal budget, this simple how-to guide should help.
A refugee displays an image of one of his three children who drowned when the boat on which the family fled the war in Syria sank in the Mediterranean. EPA/Pete Muller

Something vital is missing from EU’s 10-point plan to stop deaths at sea

Political leaders have a ready culprit in people smugglers for drownings at sea. The problem is that this ignores responsibility for eliminating all other options for these people to avoid harm.
Researchers appear to be stuck in a tug-of-war over the causes of the current levels of obesity. lee roberts/Flickr

Obesity wars revisited: is it the meat or the motion?

Obesity researchers have been in a tug of war about obesity for decades now. So what does the evidence show about the latest offensive in the obesity wars?
Not everyone has access to the internet, even today. Georgie Sharp/Flickr

Bridging the digital divide means accommodating diversity

There are still many Australians who don't have regular access to the internet. We must do more to bridge the digital divide and accommodate a diversity of technologies.
A crack in a road near Kathmandu caused by the earthquake. EPA/Hemanta Shrestha

The science behind the Nepal earthquake

The earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday was caused by the same forces that built the Himalayas, and science is helping predict where the next quake might strike.
If an Uber X customer is injured in an accident they may not always be covered by an insurer. Image sourced from Shutterstock.com

Who bears the cost when your Uber or Airbnb turns bad?

When a transaction is between two individuals, consumer rights are less clear, but it doesn't mean all rights are lost.
Rescue workers looking for possible survivors in Kathmandu, Nepal, in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake. EPA/Carl Whetham/International Federation of the Red Cross

Recovery must improve Nepal after the deadly earthquake

The recovery effort is now underway after a powerful earthquake hit Nepal. The challenge will be to rebuild a stronger nation.
Indonesia’s anti-drug policy that enforces the death penalty for drug traffickers is in line with international law. shutterstock

Indonesia does need the death penalty to deter drug traffickers

International pressure has mounted on Indonesia in recent months to stop its enforcement of the death penalty. But Indonesia should maintain its tough anti-drug stance.
Forget the doom and gloom about the humanities: employment and research in the sector continues to rise. Smithsonian American Art/Flickr

Are the humanities in crisis? In Australia, the sector is thriving

There's plenty of hand-wringing about the humanities being in crisis – but is that actually the case? In Australia, the sector is thriving, and policy should be made on that basis.
Rather than an unfortunate but unavoidable side effect of economic advance, increased inequality that results from rent-seeking is arguably cancerous. Flickr/Gary Sauer-Thompson

This budget - like others before - will favour the rent-seekers

Our policy-makers know perfectly well how to reduce inequality and tackle political favouritism. The question is, will this federal budget even try?
Agriculture remains a major employer in Australia but the challenges of competition, food security and climate change are on the horizon. AAP image/supplied by Graincorp

Australia’s ‘five strong pillar economy’: agriculture

As the Coalition government prepares its second budget, how is the "five pillar" economy promised by Tony Abbott faring?
Shell Necklace, Displayed at the Great Exhibition, London, 1851. Maireener shell and fibre. Oyster Cove, Tasmania, before 1851 © The Trustees of the British Museum.

Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation is a challenge to review

It hovers uneasily between being a fine-art exhibition showing the diversity and sheer visual and sociocultural potency of contemporary Australian visual art practice, and an older-style ethnographic survey.