The metadata report disregards a range of reports demonstrating that retention is ineffective.
The endorsement of Australia's data retention bill raises questions about why the reforms are being pushed now, when they had been resisted by others for so long.
Australia’s labour market is weakening, but the Shadow Board recommends no change to the cash rate.
Weak labour market data has confirmed a soft economic outlook, but our Shadow Board experts believe a rate cut isn't the answer.
If you’re not regularly active, extreme exercise and exercise in extreme heat is unwise.
Exercise alone can be hard, but exercising in the heat is a whole lot harder. Put simply, this is due to the balance between how much heat the body generates and how much it is capable of losing.
Hizb ut-Tahrir, represented by spokesman Uthman Badar, has courted controversy and been criticised by Tony Abbott in recent times.
Hizb ut-Tahrir is not a political party. It is not active in any Islamic schools, mosques or institutes. It does not have any real influence on Australia's Islamic community.
Olwen Fouéré stars in riverrun at the 2015 Adelaide Festival.
Colm Hogan, Adelaide Festival of Arts
In riverrun at the Adelaide Festival, Olwen Fouéré and her team have unlocked the theatrically in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake.
The language about metadata is often contradictory.
We should be wary of those who describe metadata as being both benign and powerful at the same time.
Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum is reportedly for sale – and a new museum is planned in the west.
NSW Premier Mike Baird is not the first politician to realise the political value of supporting the arts in western Sydney – and his current tilt at the west is well advised.
When Manal Kassem laid her bridal bouquet at the tribute to the Lindt Cafe siege victims in Sydney, onlookers applauded – no-one cast doubt on her sincerity as a Muslim in the way Tony Abbott’s words have done.
By casting doubt on the sincerity of Islamic leaders when they condemn terrorism and extremism, the prime minister risks alienating Muslims and dividing instead of uniting the Australian community.
The slow pre-dawn commute on the M5 from western Sydney is more than a pain for these drivers: it comes at a high social and economic cost.
Our new analysis reveals nearly a third of full-time workers in Sydney commutes for more than 10 hours a week. Those workers are spending almost three full weeks a year just to get to and from work.
Development is underway all around Sydney harbour – but has the public interest been well served?
AAP Image/Dean Lewins
The major political parties seem captive to an ideologically driven obsession to privatise public spaces – including the Powerhouse Museum site in Ultimo and other harbour-front sites.
Resources-dependent regions like Gladstone provide a case study in the difficulties of a tourism-led economic renewal.
Tourism is one of the sectors expected to take up the slack of the waning resources boom, but new research suggests the transition won't be easy.
The Australian community has been involved in many discussions about tax in the past, and now it’s time for some new decisions.
Image sourced from Shutterstock.com
Five years on from the Henry Tax Review tax reform is upon us again, and this time Australia must plan for the future.
Viral mutation, or ‘genetic drift’, could impact the viability of some drugs being developed to combat Ebola.
Scientists around the world are trying to develop effective treatments for Ebola infection. But a process of viral mutation, known as "genetic drift", could potentially compromise their efforts.
Trying to change the spelling of complex words in English won’t improve literacy rates.
Trying to change the spelling of complex words in English won't improve literacy rates.
Proposed laws requiring covert footage of animal cruelty to be handed promptly to authorities would make in-depth investigations much harder.
Proposed laws requiring immediate reporting of animal cruelty sound like a good idea. But in practice they will make it harder to mount comprehensive investigations like the ABC's greyhound expose.
Not too hot, not too cold, but just right.
Gary Miller/Australian Antarctic Division
Emperor penguins are adapted to the bitter cold of Antarctica, but a new study reveals that during the last ice age it got too cold even for them.
Suspense on screen comes from manipulating the obstructions between the audience and what they know is coming.
Manipulating the obstructions between the audience and what they know is coming is key to an effective cliffhanger.
Joshua Connor (Russell Crowe) and Major Hasan (Yilmaz Erdogan) in a scene from The Water Diviner.
Universal Pictures/Entertainment One
Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner has been criticised for its historical inaccuracies – but it shouldn't be dismissed out of hand.
Thorium has its advantages over uranium nuclear power, but is it right for Australia?
Thorium has several advantages over uranium nuclear power, but it also has its drawbacks. However, the question remains whether it would be the right technology should Australia choose to go nuclear.
Mike Baird concedes there are ‘challenges’ facing the federal Liberal Party, led by Tony Abbott (right), but says voters want him to focus on state issues.
'There's no doubt there's challenges in Canberra ... I would like Canberra to get on with the job of actually looking after the people it's supposed to be representing.' – Mike Baird
Asked about what he would consider a good result at the upcoming state election, Mike Baird joked he’d be happy with a win.
'I would be incredibly disappointed, I can’t tell you how disappointed I’d be, if I didn’t have the opportunity to continue beyond March ... [these are] some of the most exciting times in politics'.
Footage of published by Islamic State of militants destroying artefacts in a museum in Mosul, Iraq.
Social media is making it easier for extremists to recruit individuals to commit cultural attacks.
There are still unanswered questions about the government’s proposed metadata retention bill.
What the experts think of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security's report on the proposed metadata retention laws.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill surprised his federal Labor colleagues by announcing a Royal Commission on possibilities for the nuclear industry.
AAP Image/Alan Porritt
The terms of reference for South Australia's Royal Commission on the nuclear industry are intentionally broad, meaning that anti-nuclear advocates will have to choose carefully where they direct their efforts.
Myths about women and pay abound.
"The statistics are wrong." "Women are less ambitious." "Women aren't as qualified." These are all justifications used to pay women less. And they are all wrong.