The Western Australian outback may look bare at first glance, but it’s teeming with wildlife, often beneath the surface.
Stygofauna, Australian animals that live in underground water, are under threat from the newly approved uranium mine.
Week two of the federal election campaign has just flown by.
Deep Saini speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
The Coalition is expected to announce a preference deal with Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party on Monday.
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Clive Palmer was in the news this week after the Newspoll that showed that his United Australia Party could change the result in marginal seats in several states.
Prince William visited Al Noor mosque in Christchurch and met survivors of the attack.
New Zealand's response to the Christchurch mosque attacks is seen as a new way of reacting to violent extremism. The challenge now is how to translate domestic cohesion into foreign policy.
Labor wants higher minimum pay for temporary visa holders, but most are already being paid much more.
Bill Shorten's promise to tighten the visa system for short-term skilled migrants won't do anything for local jobs or wages.
Some children in New Zealand live in such hardship that they don’t have a good pair of shoes and have to put up with feeling cold.
The New Zealand government has set targets for reducing child poverty, but with hundreds of thousands of children living in poverty, this goal remains a challenge.
The integrity of Australia’s election process is under unprecedented pressure during this election.
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With a fake news scandal already marking this election campaign, questions remain about how well our democracy can cope with it.
Muslim clerics and members of the Pakistani Christian minority light candles to commemorate the victims of this week’s bomb blasts in Sri Lanka. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
For centuries, Westerners viewed Islam as an inherently violent religion. But the struggle today, for all religions, including Christianity, is between liberals and conservatives, fundamentalists and moderates, reason and revelation.
The last time inflation was zero the Reserve Bank cut rates twice. It’ll get the chance on May 7.
Inflation has barely been within the Governor Philip Lowe's target band his entire time in office. Zero inflation means he should cut now, before the election.
In Victoria in 1992, every government-employed school cleaner was terminated overnight.
Public schools in some states outsourced their cleaning services to private companies as part of a neoliberal experiment starting in the 1990s. This has had a host of impacts, including on students.
Relative sizes of planets that are in a zone potentially compatible with life: Kepler-22b, Kepler-69c, Kepler-62e, Kepler-62f and Earth (named left to right; except for Earth, these are artists’ renditions).
The ancient question 'Are we alone?' has graduated from being a philosophical musing to a testable hypothesis. We should be prepared for an answer.
A rash people assume is a reaction to penicillin may not be related to the drug at all.
About 10% of people believe they're allergic to penicillin. Only about 2% actually are.
Flowers of the mystical
Hildegardia australiensis. I.D. Cowie, NT Herbarium.
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With unusual inflated winged fruits growing on "sickness country", the tree flummoxed local botanists who had not seen anything like it before.
Podcasters can introduce new voices to the conversations about the cities we live in.
Podcasters are creating new conversations about who and what the city is for. But even in the podcasting world, powerful interests can make it hard for new and previously excluded voices to be heard.
Deforestation in the Amazon has accelerated since Brazilian president Bolsonaro scrapped environmental laws.
Hundreds of scientists and Indigenous leaders have asked the EU to demand tougher imports standards to protect Brazil's rainforests, wetlands and savannahs.
Australia Institute research found a rise in support for Palmer’s UAP.
Last June Morrison on Palmer's renewed political push Australians would say “the circus doesn’t need another sideshow.” Well, the sideshow's here and the Liberals are grabbing a prize from the wheel.
A bat in a cave among the poo.
Ancient poo from bats and birds can tell you what type of vegetation they were feeding on at that time.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Sri Lanka bombings – a clear signal the group is reforming in other parts of the world after its defeat in Syria and Iraq.
M.A. Pushpa Kumara/EPA
The deadly Sri Lanka attacks show a return to the coordinated, sophisticated strikes employed by al-Qaeda in the 2000s, focusing on soft targets with vulnerable institutions.
Support for Clive Palmer’s UAP in recent polls is likely overstated.
Seat polls are notoriously unreliable, and the support shown for the United Australia Party in recent polls is likely to be overstated.
Even Thanos has a retirement plan…
Plenty of movies have tried to play with time travel to help develop their plot. But Avengers: Endgame adds a little quantum mechanics into the mix as well.
Research has shown psychedelic drugs can have a positive effect on a range of mental health conditions, but there are side effects.
Australia is about to start its first trial of psychedelic drugs for the treatment of anxiety and depression. If the results are positive, this could transform the way we treat mental illness.
Nettie Palmer’s ’s 1916 poem, Birds, was a love song from a wife to a soldier-husband.
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An anthology of Victorian women poets is a window into their thoughts and feelings during the first world war.
Not a spin machine but in fact a ballot draw for the declaration of nominations.
Caroline Fisher on the spin machines of #AusVotes19.
Fisher says there has been "a real attempt to soften" Morrison through candid selfies. In contrast, Shorten has opted for more professional shots which portray him "in a more prime ministerial light".
Before Australia elects a new PM to manage the country’s foreign relations, it’s vital to have a bigger debate on foreign policy, so voters know how each candidate would lead.
There have historically been few key points of difference on foreign policy during elections. Despite daunting challenges on the global stage, this year's election campaign looks to be much the same.
Descendants of soldiers who fought in the Australian Light Horse Brigade took part in a reenactment to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle of Beersheba in Israel in October 2017.
In Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, Anzac stories are often coloured by racism and ongoing injustices that negate the myth of Anzac 'mateship'.