Clearfell logging in the Thomson Catchment with the Thomson Reservoir in the background.
Logging in the Thomson Catchment could reduce water supply by the equivalent of 600,000 people by 2050.
Australia’s head of state Queen Elizabeth is aged 92. Source: Treasury.
Labor says if it wins office at the upcoming federal election, in its first term it will offer Australians a chance to vote to become a republic – but in a two-step voting process.
Studies consistently show mental health does not in and of itself lead to violent behaviour.
Not all terrorist incidents have mental illness as a causal factor, and most violent acts are committed by people without a mental illness.
At least in the movies, Superman is getting less productive. We are scarcely any more productive than we were two years ago, and it is weighing on wages.
In the midst of the information technology revolution, Australia's productivity growth has been slowing. It ought to have been the other way around.
Voting is not compulsory in New Caledonia, but nonetheless 80.63% turned out to vote in the independence referendum.
The loyalists won the referendum vote this time, but the result was close enough to give hope to pro-independence supporters for votes in 2020 and 2022.
It pays to pay attention to small changes. They end up determining what works.
Big social and economic reforms are rare. What's much more common is tinkering. It happens all the time and shapes the big changes when they come.
Le vote du 4 novembre intervient trente ans après la signature des accords de Matignon.
La présence française apparaît désormais souhaitable aux yeux des États du Pacifique, notamment pour l’Australie, pour contrebalancer une Chine qui monte en puissance.
The referendum is part of an ongoing reconciliation process following violent protests by indigenous Kanak residents in the 1980s.
Thirty years after deadly protests erupted in Australia's close neighbour, New Caledonians head to the polls again to vote on whether to remain a part of France.
Women of the Peppimenarti community, about 320 km south-west of Darwin. The statistics suggest Indigenous households in remote and very remote areas are more effective at managing money to avoid hardship.
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We decided to dig into the statistics and compare the experience of financial stress in Indigenous and non-Indigenous households.
Our findings surprised us.
Mountain biking seems harmless but can damage soil and scare wildlife.
National parks and nature reserves are vital for conservation, but are also great places for recreation. Balancing the two is tricky, but it can be done if we realise parks are not just playgrounds.
Locals in Kiribati building a sea wall to protect the low-lying Pacific island from rising sea waters.
Australian aid to the Pacific has been criticised for not focusing enough on infrastructure. But rising Chinese influence is bringing a shift of priorities.
Despite numerous inquiries and hundreds of recommendations in mental health over the years, little has changed.
The key challenge in mental health is finding the political will and the financial and community resources to do what has already been described in thousands of pages and hundreds of recommendations.
State government remains an important part of the Australian political landscape.
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Despite intermittent calls to remove them, state governments provide important checks on federal power, and a number of difficult, vital services for the communities they serve.
How can we make driverless cars ethical?
A new study provides fascinating data on how people prioritise who to save in hypothetical driverless car crashes. But it takes more than just numbers to really create ethical machines.
Farmers who invested in natural assets during the Millennium Drought are coping better with lack of rain now.
AAP Image/Perry Duffin
Beyond trucking in hay and water, drought-stricken farmers need money and advice on improving the natural features of their land.
Environment Minister Melissa Price is accused of insulting Kiribati’s former president, saying he was only in Australia “for the cash”.
At a time when the future of many Pacific islands is under threat, a little compassion is in order, not barbs at their expense.
As part of Australia’s naval upgrade, construction of 12 future submarines will start around 2022-23.
Compared to China's naval ambitions, we seem slow-moving and complacent and lack the agility to keep up with the times.
People need time to learn about their options and think about their preferences.
In the final days of life, it may be too late to choose how you want to die, who you want to be cared by, and how you'd like your symptoms managed.
Kurt Lambeck’s work has been vital for developing GPS systems we all rely on for navigation.
Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science/WildBear
The 2018 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science were awarded at Canberra's Parliament House on October 17. Along with the top prize, life science, physics, innovation and teaching were recognised.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced he will amend laws that allow schools to expel gay students.
Public opinion polls and a survey of Australian youth show there's little support for allowing schools to hire or fire teachers based on their sexual orientation.