Tim Soutphommasane announced a new stage in the National Anti-Racism Strategy.
Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane talks about Dawn Fraser's comments, "Team Australia", the government's approach to terrorism and asylum seekers, racism in Australia and more.
It only takes a small error in tactics to loose a sprint, as Mark Cavendish found out in stage 2.
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Science shows there's an optimal way to win a sprint finish in the Tour de France, but a tiny error could cost a cyclist the win, as happened to Mark Cavendish in stage 2.
Over the past decade, the use of pathology laboratory tests is thought to have increased every year.
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While the extent of the problem is unclear, we know that hospitals doctors overuse diagnostic tests. Involving patients in decision-making may be one of the best options for improving the situation.
One needs to understand the differences in their Islamic movements to make sense of events over recent decades in Egypt and Iran.
People sometimes overlook their profound differences if social forces unite them in a common, often ill-defined desire. Hostility to Muslims is creating an imagined solidarity that Islamists can exploit.
Outgoing Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said he would ‘wear the creditors’ loathing with pride’.
Ongoing negotiations between Greece and the troika are likely to prove futile - what's needed is a complete rethink of EU's dualistic system.
Escape From Woomera is renowned as one of the forebears of “serious games” – what chance would it stand under new government funding guidelines?
By Escape from Woomera development team, via Wikimedia Commons
This exclusion of games from artistic funding in this year’s budget follows the cancellation of the Interactive Media Fund in last year’s budget. Where to now for the Australian videogame industry?
As control over water returns to the state, the Indonesian government should carefully develop policies to manage and monitor water services.
The de-privatisation of water services in Jakarta creates new challenges for the government to ensure universal access to water.
The Constitution has been very successful in setting out how Australian federalism will work.
Museum of Australian Democracy
The problem with constitutional recognition lies in the way in which it changes the nature of the constitution away from a procedural document by introducing issues of identity into it.
In professions such as law the wage disparity between the private sector and public roles such as legal aid is great. High student debt can drive graduates towards the private sector.
High university fees can make it difficult for graduates to pursue lower-paid public benefit jobs, sending them to the private sector.
Every culture derives a different meaning from our common wonder at the mysteries of the universe.
AAP Image/Supplied by Natasha Hurley Walker (Murchison Widefield Array telescope in Western Australia)
The night sky is part of the shared heritage of all people on Earth. A project to bring Indigenous Australians and astrophysics together reveals our common wonder at the mysteries of the universe.
One of the psychadelic nightmares generated by Google’s Inceptionism system.
Google's image recognition project has not only generated some disturbing images but also tells us something about how we humans identify objects we see.
To get to zero emissions, we’ll have to reform our energy sector away from fossil fuels.
To avoid dangerous climate change there is a finite amount of greenhouse gas emissions, in particular CO<sub>2</sub>, that we can add to the atmosphere - our global carbon budget. If we use our budget wisely, we have until about 2050 to transition to zero net emissions. But how do we get there?
Big can be beautiful for Australia’s retail giants.
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Some say the only way to smash the Coles/Woolworths duopoly is more regulation and a consumer backlash, but this assumes all power is used for evil.
We’re still working out the extent of the problem, but it’s not too early to act.
While the disability system has undergone significant and important reforms over the past three decades, many problems remain. We're still failing to protect people with disabilities.
Children in particular experience a multitude of viral illnesses during their early years.
Viruses cause all kinds of infections from relatively mild cases of the flu to deadly outbreaks of Ebola. Clearly, not all viruses are equal and one of these differences is when you can infect others.
The O'Farrell government had a law limiting political donations struck down by the High Court.
It is unfortunate that it is only scandals and the perception of corruption or criminal involvement that prompt moves to reform Australia’s political finance regime.
Jim Carrey might mean well, but his Twitter rants against vaccines only make him look dumb.
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Jim Carrey's anti-vaccination tweets employ a number of techniques used by anti-science cranks. By understanding them, we can shield ourselves from well-intentioned but ill-informed voices.
A newly confident Greece could find a path to stability.
Greece could default and refuse to leave the eurozone - it all comes down to what the European Central Bank does next.
However hard we pursue happiness, when the party’s over we must still confront the grimmer aspects of life.
We can pursue our own happiness to the exclusion of the real world, but how meaningful can that be? Far better to engage with life and both the happiness and sadness it brings along the way.
At its best, opera can, indeed, be a powerful form of allegorical theatre.
EPA/Gian Ehrenzeller (Image from Verdi's I due Foscari)
A gang-rape scene in a new London staging of Rossini's Guillaume Tell was greeted with audience booing, and has sparked ongoing controversy. Are opera directors at risk of miscomprehending the medium?
The Greek debt crisis could deliver RBA Governor Glenn Stevens a bolt from the blue.
China's slowing economy is a greater concern than the Greek crisis, but booming property prices mean the RBA should hold firm.
Cory Bernardi is a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, saying children do best when they are raised by both a mother and a father.
Liberal senator Cory Bernardi, a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, has said that "the very best thing" for the development of a child is to have a mum and a dad. What does the research say?
Worldwide, the livestock industry is a bigger source of greenhouse gases than transport.
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The recent Lancet Commission report rightly pointed out that climate change is a huge risk to global public health. But it shied away from one of the main issues: the world consumes far too much meat.
The Northern Territory’s Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Act is disproportionately applied to Aboriginal people.
In the Northern Territory, public drunkenness can force someone into an alcohol treatment centre for three months. The policy has no basis in evidence and discriminates against Aboriginal people.
Kids' passion for Minecraft means they don’t even realise they’re learning while they play.
Minecraft is not just the world's most successful PC game – teachers are now using it in the classroom to get kids excited about learning.