Politicians like to appear tough on crime in election years. But Victoria's move to require youth offenders to wear electronic monitoring devices may not have a real impact.
Simply having an offence of industrial manslaughter on the statute books cannot by itself lower workplace death rates.
The majestic Eucalyptus regnans stands far above its forest brethren.
High-speed rail for Australia has been on the drawing boards since the mid-1980s but has come to nothing. Three states are developing medium-speed rail with federal funding, but NSW is missing out.
In the aftermath of fires or logging, conservation needs to focus on recovering the health of the remaining vegetation, not just the size of the forest or woodland.
Victoria should implement a new report's recommendation to allow peers to distribute clean injecting equipment, but it needs to go further to ensure safe drug use in prison.
Agreements between the Commonwealth and state governments that protect native forests are based on hopelessly out-of-date information. It's a huge mistake to renew them without assessment.
The polls seem to be swinging back in favour of the Andrews Labor government in Victoria, while in New South Wales it's neck-and-neck.
The Victorian government isn't alone in seeking private partners to renew public housing. What is notable is its lack of transparency by comparison with such arrangements elsewhere.
After a month of operation, the Tesla battery at Hornsdale Power Reserve in SA is outperforming expectations - and the model is set to be emulated in Victoria
You should never try to drive through floodwater, because you never know what's beneath the surface. And new research shows some roads are more treacherous than others.
A raft of tough new anti-scalping laws have just been introduce in Victoria, But are problems with existing ticketing systems driving fans into the hands of scalpers – and can technology help?
A new campaign targeting sexual assault on public transport is a positive development in some respects, but is unlikely to generate substantive, longer-term change.
The enthusiasm around swift, certain and fair approaches to sentencing offenders may not be backed by evidence.
An overriding focus on increasing sentences may not necessarily be the best means of redressing the harm caused by sex offences.
Tree plantings are making a visible difference to Melbourne’s west. It's the result of a collaborative model of greening, one that Australian cities need to apply more widely.
How do you determine the financial benefit of cutting a tree down, versus leaving it standing? Environmental accounting offers some insight.
No matter whether competitive tendering or negotiation is used, operators that do not meet clear and transparent service benchmarks should be shown the door.
New legislation has recognised the Yarra River as a single, living entity. But what does that mean in practice?
Victoria's plan to legislate its own renewable energy target of 40% by 2025 shows how states are increasingly taking the energy policy reins away from the federal government.