Even if there were a constitutional ban on racial discrimination, racism would remain entrenched.
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Superficial changes are not enough. A violent foundation and the displacement of Aboriginal laws are the bigger issues on which the Australian Constitution should be held to account.
In the complexity of construction sites, ways to boost safety can be overlooked.
Research shows the best safety outcomes come from pre-planning, yet not enough Australian construction firms do this.
Surfaces like this are able to be described thanks to the work of Nash.
John Nash is best known for his contributions to game theory, but he will also be remembered for his pioneering work in geometry.
The risk of a woman dying from a road accident is approximately 25 times that of death from a pill-related clot.
Newer contraceptive pills pose a higher risk of serious blood clots, says a study published in the BMJ today. The finding isn't new, but it may be cause for a different kind of concern.
A new Grattan Institute report suggests solar panels in Australia might be more trouble than they are worth.
The Grattan Institute has reported that the costs of solar panels have outweighed the benefits by almost A$10 billion in Australia. But the real benefits of cutting greenhouse emissions are much larger.
Should Australia seek a ballistic missile defence capability, like that of the United States?
US Department of Defense
Ultimately, the argument for Australia to acquire ballistic missile defence does not stack up.
Convicted Societe Generale rogue trader Jerome Kerviel - part of a bigger system turning a blind eye to industry conflicts.
As long as fund managers and traders work for the same companies, the problems plaguing the financial sector will continue.
Islamic State is not just in the Middle East – it exists in the West’s suburbs and computers.
The West is not only failing to win the war with Islamic State in the Middle East, it is actually much closer to losing it.
Critics have been preoccupied with the gender politics of Fury Road. Enter the Doof Warrior …
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The Doof Warrior in Mad Max: Fury Road is a red-jumpsuited, masked guitarist, bungee-strapped to the front of the Doof Wagon, a massive, mobile speaker stack, replete with on-board drummers. What's not to love?
Australia has a long history of first class science.
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Australian scientists are listened to by government and business, but must do more to ensure their advice and work contributes to a stronger future for Australia.
Gary Foley has been driven by a lifelong project of sharpening his own intellect, realising the political force behind ideas and sharing them with others.
Tonight Gary Foley will be awarded the Red Ochre Award for his lifetime contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts. He is a more complicated figure than the one we are sometimes presented with.
Direct links between universities and industry funders pose significant risks – but can they be managed?
The University of Sydney's announcement of a role funded by the Blackmores Institute raises perennial questions about whether industry-funded research can be truly independent.
With Modi at its heart, discussion about India’s development remains overly simplistic.
One year on from his swearing in, Modi's "more governance, less government" mantra is coming unstuck, and simplistic public debates are not helping.
Even with bipartisan support, a referendum on Indigenous constitutional recognition is no certainty to succeed.
A defeat for Indigenous constitutional recognition would be disastrous and demoralising. But history tells us that even worthy proposals with bipartisan support are not assured of success.
Are the best parts of unis – students collaborating and sharing ideas – going to be lost in a mass university system?
When universities began expanding, they became more inclusive. While this is a good thing, scholars often look at their large class sizes and lament that half of the students won't set foot in the lecture theatres or libraries thanks to technology.
We cross the 2C threshold at our peril.
2C is the officially agreed safe limit for global warming, but a recent expert finds 2C is still in the danger zone.
Wind farms in the pipeline could fill out Australia’s renewable energy target, leaving no room for other sources.
While Australia has reached a deal on the Renewable Energy Target, there's no long-term certainty for the sector yet.
The Nash bargaining solution was a seminal contribution to Game Theory.
Mathematician John Nash, who died on Saturday, May 24, left a lasting contribution to our understanding of Game Theory.
Nobel Prize winner John Nash in 2007.
The award-winning mathematician gave his name to a concept in game theory that has many applications, from economics to the survival of meerkat colonies.
Rolling the legal age of smoking forward will result in fewer new smokers.
If legislation currently before the Tasmanian parliament passes, the state could be the first in the world to prohibit the sale of tobacco to people born after 2000.
PayPal is far more dominant in online payments in the US than Australia where traditional players have defended the market.
Venture capital money is starting to flow into Australian fintech, but success will largely be based on whether new players can innovate in areas where bank's aren't.
While plans to close ‘unsustainable remote communities’ have triggered recent protests, at the heart of the issue is the nature of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Decisions being made from on high about the fate of remote Indigenous communities are symptomatic of a continuing imbalance in the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Take that extra hour off work. Just don’t spend it burning coal or petrol.
Being time-poor makes it harder to be green, says a study which shows that people who work long hours are more likely to fall short on taking real action to address their environmental concerns.
Stella Young, the late disability activist in whose name TEDx Sydney launched #stellaschallenge.
TEDx Sydney launched a campaign to initiate conversations around disability in the name of the late campaigner Stella Young. The project was ill-conceived but it points to the need for listening closely to people with disabilities.
Increasing emissions from Canada’s oil and gas sector will make Canada’s post-2020 pledge very difficult to achieve.
This month Canada revealed its post-2020 climate target as 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. But current policies make it unlikely Canada will achieve the target within the country.