Yallourn Power Station in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria.
AAP Image/David Crosling
On Q&A, an audience member said renewable energy is 'now cheaper than coal'. Senator Matt Canavan disagreed, saying renewables are not 'at the moment, cheaper than coal'. Let's look at the numbers.
Science is a human approach to understanding the world.
Science provides a useful way to explore and understand the natural world. But it also has a richness, diversity and creativity that is often overlooked.
Throughout Australian history, previous parliaments have changed the legal understanding of marriage – none needed a plebiscite.
The government seems determined to give voters a voice on marriage equality, and equally determined not to be bound by what those voters say.
Environmental threats in the Pacific Islands can be cultural as well as physical.
Christopher Johnson/Wikimedia Commons
Australia is good at 'hard hat' responses to crises such as cyclones. But a new environmental declaration on the Pacific Islands points out that the best approach is more well-rounded and subtle.
The Referendum Council contends there should be a place for Indigenous voices in Australia’s Constitution.
AAP/Lucy Hughes Jones
Bodies established around the world to hear 'black' voices have an enduring problem: they advise, but are rarely – if ever – heard.
Hang on, is that a spider floating this way?
The closest relative of Kangaroo Island's trapdoor spider lives in South Africa - and the arachnid could have arrived in Australia by oceanic migration.
Solar PV outstripped coal as the leading source of new electricity generation worldwide last year.
AAP Image/Lukas Coch
Solar PV and wind energy have overtaken coal as the leading sources of new electricity generation worldwide, with falling prices and new storage technologies making clean energy ever more attainable.
Police raided several Sydney properties over the weekend in relation to possible terror plots.
The government seems hell-bent on pre-crime arrest, prosecution, and punishment for terror offenders – while falling short in providing the necessary long-term support.
Manufacturing still receives 80% of net government assistance, largely due to the remaining small levels of tariff assistance, plus some budget measures.
Under current government policy we are penalising the sector of the economy where there is the largest proportion of existing employment and the best prospects for future growth.
Detail from Jenny Watson’s The Pretty Face of Domesticity, 2014, oil and synthetic polymer paint on velvet striped shantung.
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Transit, Mechelen ©the artist
A major exhibition of Jenny Watson's work at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art spans 40 years in the creative life of a rule-breaking Australian artist.
Journalist Mehdi Hasan responds to a question from a Q&A audience member.
Do Muslim couples in Australia have 'on average 4.5 children' while other couples have '1.5 children'? Could Australia have a 'Muslim majority' in 'a couple' of generations? Let's check the evidence.
None of the studies on domestic violence rates among church-goers are Australian.
Comprehensive, independent Australian data regarding domestic violence within churches is long overdue.
Peter Dutton (right) is set to assume responsibility for the newly created home affairs portfolio.
The move to consolidate security agencies under one minister upends generations of conventions on how security intelligence and executive police powers are managed separately.
We’re increasingly seeing bugs in Australia resistant to many antibiotics. We’re yet to see one resistant to ALL antibiotics.
In the last decade we've seen a ten-fold increase in the number of bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotics.
Is the evolution of human-like intelligence inevitable, or exceptional?
How can life on Earth help us understand life in space? To answer this question, we compare biological clocks and geological rocks and find that they tick uniformly.
South Korea’s subtly calibrated risk aversion in the face of outrageous North Korean aggression has kept the two countries from war.
An aggressive posture is one thing – but doing something about it is another, as countries factor in the costs and risks of aggression.
Donald Horne saw Australia as a country that had got lucky, but was squandering its luck.
Donald Horne saw Australia as a lucky country that was squandering its luck. His bold ideas captured the nation's imagination. But being a public intellectual is no longer easy. Who will come up with the next grand ideas?
International migrants are key contributors to the unskilled workforce.
Regional settlement of migrants benefits both new arrivals and local communities.
Some mothers in countries such as India and Cambodia sell surplus milk to make maternity leave affordable.
Sander van der Wel/flickr
The potential for exploitation is rife in the international market for breast milk. Fair trade and fair pay regulations are crucial to protect consumers in Australia and suppliers abroad.
A new book expresses concern that the ‘average American’ has base knowledge so low that it is now plummeting to ‘aggressively wrong’.
Tom Nichols' book The Death of Expertise examines why the relationship between experts and citizens in a democracy is collapsing, and what can be done about it.