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Throughout Australian history, previous parliaments have changed the legal understanding of marriage – none needed a plebiscite. AAP/Lukas Coch

Explainer: with no free vote for now, where next for marriage equality?

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 doesn’t ‘get’ the environmental challenges faced by Pacific Islanders

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.
Solar PV outstripped coal as the leading source of new electricity generation worldwide last year. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Solar is now the most popular form of new electricity generation worldwide

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.
Manufacturing still receives 80% of net government assistance, largely due to the remaining small levels of tariff assistance, plus some budget measures. Dean Lewins/AAP

The government is backing the wrong industries, as our economy changes: Productivity Commission

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 maverick on fabric: the strange, unconventional art of Jenny Watson

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.
South Korea’s subtly calibrated risk aversion in the face of outrageous North Korean aggression has kept the two countries from war. EPA/KCNA

Is the world really sleepwalking to war? Systems thinking can provide an answer

An aggressive posture is one thing – but doing something about it is another, as countries factor in the costs and risks of aggression.
A new book expresses concern that the ‘average American’ has base knowledge so low that it is now plummeting to ‘aggressively wrong’. shutterstock

Book review: The Death of Expertise

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.

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