Water-hungry crops like cotton and rice are still worth farming in Australia.
Crises in the Darling River have raised questions about cotton and rice farming in the Murray Darling Basin.
The Commission found some super funds treat people very badly, but it was prevented from examining the idea of superannuation.
The Productivity Commission was only permitted to examine the efficiency of the super system. A quarter of a century on, it's time to examine the design of the system and who it helps and hurts.
In its more dangerous manifestations, populism can mean a reckless, extreme distrust in governmental expertise.
Populism can be benign and simply mean giving ordinary citizens more of a voice. But the nasty side that can lead to far-right groups gaining momentum could still be reined in. Here's how.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has never had a peaceful transition of power.
The US has sent troops to countries neighbouring the Democratic Republic of Congo in anticipation of violence and unrest once the election results are announced.
Christmas shouldn’t be the only time of the year to have greenery in the household.
Studies show the presence of natural living things in homes improve wellbeing. So why not have your own version of a Christmas tree all year round?
The newly sworn-in Howard ministry in March 1996.
National Archives of Australia
The latest release from the National Archives reveals how the Howard government managed a budget deficit, and presents a striking contrast with the Abbott government's framing of the 2013 budget.
Australian captain Tim Paine is showing outstanding leadership in the best Australian tradition rather than the ugly one.
Australian cricket was rocked by a cheating scandal in March. But this month it has shown us what a gracious game it can be – and our political leaders could learn from the captain's example.
In recent years, the purpose of the Army has diverged from the priorities of broader Australian society.
There is a troubling disconnect between a once-iconic institution and broader society.
Poster for the 23rd National Folk Festival in Maleny, Qld, 1989. Since 1994, the Festival has been held in Canberra.
Courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive and Kim Brown, 462585.
Folklore is everywhere and a valuable part of our national heritage. But it is undervalued by our government.
We need to have a more nuanced discussion about threats to academic freedom – not just a heavily polarised debate based on a poorly constructed audit.
The Institute for Public Affairs' audit of academic freedom pits people either for or against universities. This prevents us from having thorough conversations about real threats to academic freedom.
Some things are just tricky to measure.
Flickr/Patty O'Hearn Kickham
How useful is the information you get from the measure of any thing? That depends on what you chose measure in the first place, and that's not always clear.
Children at Norseman Mission. The author’s mum, Violet Newman is in the middle row on the far left.
Image from the collection of Elsie Lambadgee (dec.)
Aileen Marwung Walsh's grandparents were sent to the Moore River Native Settlement, of Rabbit Proof Fence infamy, half a century ago. In 2018, 100 years after the settlement's founding, she returned.
Economists have searched for the mythical balance between the cost of climate action, and the future cost of doing nothing.
For decades, economists have pondered the 'social cost of carbon' - the price worth paying to avoid the future costs of greenhouse emissions. But a new analysis suggests this quest is impossibly complex.
Newstart should be lifted by mush more than usually proposed, a new ANU algorithm finds.
A new ANU computer algorithm can provide near instant answers about how to get the best bang for welfare dollars. It says we should boost Newstart and cut either pensions or family benefits.
Wes Mountain/The Conversation
It takes a eucalyptus tree more than a hundred years to develop hollows suitable to shelter Aussie animals, and just moments to cut it down.
When government policy turns out to be a dud and goes off the rails, no one is happy.
Random-controlled testing is widely accepted in medicine, and yet voters are not convinced this would be a good approach to testing out government policy before it is implemented.
The Narrabri ‘Big Picture’ event in November 2015 brought together people from across the region in opposition to coal seam gas extraction..
While anger mobilises opposition to coal seam gas projects, it is also joy, especially the joy of social connection, that helps to sustain involvement.
Tokyo design studio nendo responds to the work of M. C. Escher.
There is nothing to prepare us for the shock to the senses in the National Gallery of Victoria's latest exhibition combining the works of M. C. Escher with Japanese design firm nendo.
Single parents have been made worse off by the Howard, Rudd, Gillard, Abbott and Turnbull governments. It’s time to take stock.
Fixing Newstart isn't enough. We need a comprehensive inquiry into our complex and bewildering social security system, especially as it applies to single parents.
Tim Curry as Frank-N-Furter in 1975’s Rocky Horror Show.
The Rocky Horror Show and its star, Frank-N-Furter, debuted in 1973. His character owes much to older performance traditions.