New treasurer Scott Morrison greets RBA Governor Glenn Stevens.
Gloomy portents for the Australian economy suggest interest rates should continue where they are, say the economists shadowing the Reserve Bank.
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, speaking on Q&A.
Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, told Q&A that China will increase its carbon emissions 150% between 2005 and 2030. Is that correct?
Drought is a quintessentially Australian experience, yet many of us don’t properly know how they form.
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High temperatures make droughts worse, right? Wrong: it's the other way around. Ahead of an El Niño summer that looks set to bring drought to much of Australia, here's a quick primer on how they form.
Under the assertive leadership of Xi Jinping, China won’t meekly accept the terms of closer engagement with Australia being determined by the US alliance.
The past two decades were years of sclerosis and decline in Australia’s once creative and agile foreign policy. A new course must be set to meet the challenges of exciting but risky times.
Indonesia’s Communist Party had been part of the national political fabric since the 1920s and had contributed both major leaders and influential ideas to the nationalist movement.
The killing of six army generals on October 1, 1965, became a pretext to destroy Indonesia's communist party.
Indigenous students who have experienced racism don’t do as well at school.
Previous research showed that school attendance by Indigenous students is negatively affected by racism towards them. In further research we have found wider school outcomes are also negatively affected.
Which of these researchers has fudged their results to get ahead?
Researchers who feel pressured to publish in high ranking journals are more likely to cut corners, or even commit academic fraud.
Through the Gordon Darling Foundation, the Darlings undertook a vast range of activities in keeping with their vision for the arts in Australia.
Gordon Darling handing over a portrait of Sir Donald Bradman AC to Andrew Sayers, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, in 2008. AAP Image/National Portrait Gallery
The death of Gordon Darling last month reminded many in the arts community of the key role that he played in fostering the visual arts in Australia. But should his contribution have been more widely noted?
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced the winners and losers of his ministerial reshuffle.
What are the key challenges for ministers entering new portfolios in Malcolm Turnbull's first cabinet? The Conversation asked experts in key policy areas to respond.
How did the so-called ‘effects test’ on market power become such a polarising topic for business and politicians?
The new Turnbull government should follow the lead of the Harper Review and introduce an 'effects' test on market power.
The Murray-Darling: a complex river system with a complex set of regulations to match.
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Water isn't straightforward. And by putting the Nationals in charge of policy for water assets like the Murray-Darling Basin, the government will trigger a complex round of bureaucratic musical chairs.
Afghan refugee children returning from Pakistan learn about the dangers of mines and explosives at a UNHCR registration centre in Kabul.
As Western nations increasingly focus elsewhere, the battle for Afghanistan rages on.
Iraqis have taken to the streets recently to demand their government tackle the corruption endemic to its political system.
Is serious reform to stamp out political corruption in Iraq even possible given inevitable opposition from those with a vested interest in the status quo?
Yes, it’s been cold. But the hot weather just keeps on getting hotter.
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Melbourne, Canberra and much of southern Australia have shivered through a cold winter. But on a longer view, record cold snaps are disappearing, while Australian heat records continue to be broken.
Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love, the film adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling yoga memoir.
Yoga fiction is a burgeoning genre of books that tell tales of spiritual enlightenment through an ancient Indian practice. But what happens when such practices are severed from their cultural roots?
We need a formal definition on what we mean by artificial intelligence.
Plenty of talk about what we want from artificial intelligent systems, but what do we actually mean by AI? From a legal and regulation point of view, we do need a definition.
Australia’s traditional reliance on multilateralism and alliances won’t be enough to negotiate the geopolitical rivalries of the Asian century.
For the past two centuries, Australia got many of the big calls on global engagement right. In our third century, there are worrying signs that we have not fully grasped what the rise of Asia means.
Clouds of sulphur dioxide being emitted from the gigantic waste rock pile at McArthur River Mine 2014.
David Morris EDONT
As the Australian Government pushes ahead with its Northern Development agenda “making it easier to use natural assets”, it’s important to ask how this may affect the Indigenous peoples in whose territories development will occur.
Australia Post chief Ahmed Fahour is managing in difficult times.
It's easy to assign all of the wins and losses of a company to CEO performance, but when the going gets really tough it's the teams behind them that matter.
Sharemarket volatility demonstrates global frothiness; nevertheless the case is weak for an interest rates cut.
The best course of action for the Reserve Bank is to hold off changing rates; but the longer term case for an increase is changing.