According to new research, the more money people lose gambling, the greater their risk of developing gambling problems – even at relatively low levels of losses.
Harm minimisation policies should seek to reduce the poker machine gambling of everyone, not just problem gamblers.
Tasneem Chopra, cross cultural consultant, speaking on Q&A.
Tasneem Chopra told Q&A that of the 70,000 refugees who've arrived in Australia by boat since 1976, none have been found to be linked to terrorism. We examine the best evidence out there.
Recent years in Lebanon have been marked by protests against corruption and ineffective governance.
Syria’s demographics are markedly different to Lebanon’s. A power-sharing arrangement would be more difficult to design.
It’s not for doctors, researchers or other commentators to decide whether the risks of menopausal hormone therapy outweigh the benefits for individual women.
The use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) doubles the risk of breast cancer in menopausal women. But that doesn't mean it has no place in alleviating moderate to severe symptoms of menopause.
The marketing of Australian art largely remains a provincial exercise within a global art environment.
Image: Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, 2015. AAP Image/NEWZULU/THINKING MEDIA
Despite rhetoric positioning Australia as a clever and creative country, its artists, particularly in the visual arts, are doing it tough, and things are progressing from bad to worse. Why is that?
Mountain Ash are the tallest flowering plants on earth.
In February 2009 the Black Saturday bushfires swept through the Mountain Ash forests of Victoria, burning 72,000 hectares. These forests are home to the tallest flowering plants on the planet, and iconic…
Mountain to climb? The Greens have set their sights on topping 90% renewable energy.
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The Greens have backed a renewable energy goal of 90% by 2030. With wind and solar getting cheaper all the time, it's an achievable challenge.
The OECD has moved to limit coal finance, which will put pressure on coal producers worldwide.
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What does the OECD's decision to limit finance for coal power stations mean for coal producers such as Australia?
Loy Yang power station in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.
It's time to close Australia's brown coal power stations. Here's how.
Indigenous management of the scenic Horizontal Falls could be in jeopardy under changes proposed by the West Australian Government.
The Western Australian Minister for Environment and Heritage, Albert Jacob, has recently released the draft plan for conservation management in and around the Kimberley’s Horizontal Falls region. This…
Australia could help Indonesia fight forest fires and combat climate change.
Australia's leadership on climate finance in developing nations could be an opportunity to improve climate diplomacy.
To remain globally competitive, Australia must focus on skills, knowledge and ideas to create the conditions for innovation.
Knowledge and ideas and their application are the key to creating the conditions for the level of innovation Australia needs to build its comparative advantage.
Have questions about robots and artificial intelligence?
Is genuine artificial consciousness possible? Should we protect jobs from automation? Your questions on AI and robots answered here.
There are some structural issues that need tackling in order reform our budget, but they are surmountable.
Solving the entrenched problems within our budgetary process is tricky - or is it?
The 1975 crisis surrounding the dismissal of the Whitlam government was brought about in part by the nature of Australia’s constitutional arrangements.
Is the Dismissal a moment that will become even more significant if the push for Australia to become a republic gains momentum?
Research, rather than teaching, benefits from the revenue gained from increasing student numbers.
The decline in government investment in higher education and the ever-increasing reliance on fees has made universities more like private for-profit corporations.
RBA governor Glenn Stevens said moderate expansion is continuing in the Australian economy.
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The Reserve Bank of Australia has decided to leave the official cash rate unchanged at a record low of 2%, but said there was scope for a rate cut down the line.
The Murray River in 2007, at the height of the drought. Hopefully it will be more resilient next time around.
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As El Nino looms, the Murray-Darling is facing another drought. But after almost a decade of investment in water trading and other policies, its prospects are better this time around.
Antarctica is vital to the planet’s climate system.
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Why should we care if the polar ice sheets melt hundreds of years in the future? Because they are vital for maintaining our current climate.
Research funding is predominantly going to older male researchers rather than younger men and women.
If we want the Australian university sector to help fuel innovation, then we need to ensure the right researchers are being supported by our funding bodies, such as the Australian Research Council (ARC…