New government procurement rules negotiated into the ABCC bill by Nick Xenophon are set to favour local Australian steel producers over their Chinese rivals.
Changes to construction material requirements from negotiations on the ABCC will give Australian steelmakers a chance to step-up.
Valda Wilson as Theodora: a triumph.
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This brilliant production of Handel's Theodora, written in 1750, has great contemporary resonance.
We don’t know if Lyme disease bacteria exists in Australia but we know people are getting sick.
In Australia, only three infectious diseases are known to be transmitted from ticks to humans: Queensland tick typhus; Flinders Island Spotted Fever; and Q fever.
The last four years have witnessed a sea-change in the debate on the adequacy of safeguards in protecting the vulnerable.
A bill may be released soon in Victoria so we should examine why the South Australian bill did not pass to see if any lessons can be learned for future bills.
Water quality is one of the biggest threats facing the Great Barrier Reef.
Australia will almost certainly miss its water quality targets for the Great Barrier Reef.
Australia needs an agreed approach to quality science teaching.
Australia’s performance in science continues to slide due to ineffective, traditional teaching practices and an outdated curriculum. Here's what needs to change.
So much to say, but who’s paying attention?
We seem prepared to share our opinions on almost any subject today thanks to social media and other mass communication. But who is really listening?
Parliament has closed for the Christmas break after a turbulent year.
Malcolm Turnbull's government has had a rocky year, almost losing an election and incurring a number of self-inflicted wounds. They will be hoping for better in 2017.
Dancing with the Balinese dragon.
Despite worries about a new Asian Financial Crisis, much has changed since the last one in 1997. Even if a crisis were to materialise, it would look quite different from that of two decades ago.
In the final fortnight of the parliament for the year the government clinched some deals on major pieces of legislation.
Red crabs migrate across Christmas Island in their thousands each year.
In the coming weeks, Parks Australia will release a 2mm wasp on Christmas Island to control the island's yellow crazy ant infestation.
Tackling antimicrobial resistance relies on us tackling the interrelated areas of human, animal and environmental health.
The federal government is tackling antimicrobial resistance with a 'One Health' approach. But what is One Health and what can it offer that other approaches haven't?
A phonics check could improve Australian literacy standards.
A focus on phonics may be the cure to Australia's literacy woes.
Previously presumed dead, Australian citizen Neil Prakash was arrested at the Turkish border in late November.
The extradition process for Australian citizen Neil Prakash could be prolonged, as Turkey and other countries may want to interrogate him or seek his extradition.
Indigenous Australians have always done plenty to try to improve their lives.
Waves of policies from successive Coalition and Labor governments have followed a paternalistic lead. This has created further impediments to thousands of Indigenous peoples who are doing plenty.
Scurvy was common in sailors on long voyages who were deprived of citrus fruit and vegetables.
Scurvy is a historical disease caused by severe and chronic deficiency of vitamin C. Its recent reemergence is a poor reflection of the nation's diet.
The oil rig explosion in Deepwater Horizon (2016), a film about the worst oil spill in US history.
The search for oil was once depicted in movies and books as a boys' own adventure. But as films such as Deepwater Horizon show, in an age of anxieties over fossil fuels, oil's story is now a darker one.
Batteries may be a good way to store energy in the home.
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Batteries aren't the only type of storage, and all types of storage have their role to play in the future grid.
Water markets are essential for many farmers to keep their crops alive.
The market for water entitlements is worth tens of billions, encouraging investors to raise funds and get involved. But the data shows they aren't having a big impact on prices.
Any cyclical upturn in residential construction looks to have come to an end.
US GDP data points to a US rate rise in December, and Australia's housing affordability problem won't be helped by current declining building approvals.
Did the Chicago Cubs break the curse of the Billy Goat to win the 2016 World Series in baseball?
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Many sports enthusiasts are notoriously superstitious. Why is that so?
The focus groups found voters are picking up strongly on divisions within the government, and believe his party is constraining Malcolm Turnbull.
It's no wonder Malcolm Turnbull has been desperate in parliament's final fortnight of 2016 to get some legislative wins.
It may be a little too early to tell if certain aspects of the so-called Google Tax will be tough in practise.
There are still a few real-world tests the Diverted Profits Tax or "Google Tax" will have to face before the government can claim it's among the toughest in the world.
Surprise, surprise: junk foods aren’t good for our cholesterol.
High fat, low fat, no carb, more carb: when it comes to getting information on eating to manage high blood cholesterol, confusion reigns. We checked the most recent research from trials that tested the…
Young people’s negative attitudes towards maths are increasing.
The questions young people tend to ask about maths often relate to their personal experience of how they found maths in school.