Gas infrastructure and exploration attracted the lion’s share of new energy announcements in the 2017 federal budget.
The federal budget will pump A$90 million into boosting domestic gas production, as well as investing in pumped hydro and measures to monitor energy prices.
Most schools will get a boost in funding, while universities will face cuts.
Education experts discuss changes to schools and universities following the federal treasurer's budget speech.
The Australian Federal Police will receive $321.4 million over four years for a range of measures.
The Conversation’s political experts react to the 2017-18 budget's key measures in the areas of welfare, foreign aid, defence spending and more.
Brett Whiteley: his colourful biography frequently obscures the seriousness of his work.
Brett Whiteley's output was uneven but at his best, his work was brilliant. A new film offers an unusual insight into the life and art of this creative and troubled maverick.
The headquarters of private security firm Prosegur after the spectacular robbery.
The heist and free trade are just opposite sides of the same coin.
The latest ANUpoll shows that Australians are very concerned that future generations may be locked out of home ownership.
Australians are in favour of housing affordability changes that the government still doesn't support, an ANU poll shows.
A detail from Vincent Van Gogh’s A wheatfield, with cypresses, early September 1889.
National Gallery, London. Bought, Courtauld Fund, 1923 (NG3861) © The National Gallery, London
Van Gogh's immersion in the natural world, for his art and for its therapeutic effects, saw him observe in minute detail the changing of the seasons.
Teenagers who bully also have a high risk of mental health issues.
When it comes to bullying, there is a common misconception that children neatly fall into a category of bully, victim, or not involved. This is not the case.
Part of Charles Blackman’s The Exchange, 1952,
oil on plywood on composition board.
91.7 x 91.7 cm
National Gallery of Victoria © Charles Blackman
Today, the idea of a male artist making a major series of paintings about schoolgirls, or any sort of children, sits uncomfortably with the public. But these were memorable and original works when painted in the 1950s.
With the right power policies, gas can have a brighter future.
The current domestic gas crisis will pass. But if the industry wants to surpass coal and fulfil its role as a 'transition fuel', it should lobby for a carbon price to help it on its way.
Australians support science, but nuanced views are found amongst people with differing incomes and education.
Some Australians feel they are missing out on the benefits of scientific and technological progress.
Humans have burned 420 billion tonnes of carbon since the start of the industrial revolution. Half of it is still in the atmosphere.
Global warming and carbon emissions, left unchecked, could cause rising sea levels and displace almost 200 million people. But we can still prevent the worst case scenario if we act now.
With the 457 visa scrapped, the new visa work program will have tightened work experience and English language requirements.
The Turnbull government is axing the 457 visa program and replacing it with a new Temporary Skill Shortage Visa but it might not have the desired affect on the labour market.
Wollemia pine pollen cone. Wollemia pines (found in the wild only in Australia) are one of the most ancient tree species in the world, dating back 200 million years.
Australia is home to some of the oldest trees in the world. But how do they live so long?
All of the increase in spending on social security and welfare is due to the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
If you look at past budgets, the proposed cuts in social security programs are disproportionate to the amount the government spends.
The attention on the 2016 Census until now has been mostly negative.
Today’s release of data from the 2016 Census allows us to identify some of Australians' more common characteristics, how they vary across states and territories, and how they are changing over time.
The ‘White Australia’ ideology was commercialised and used to sell things from soaps and games to pineapple slices.
Multicultural Research Library
While contemporary Australia is proud of its multicultural status, the White Australia policy shows this wasn't always the case.
The British parliament passed the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act in 1900.
Museum of Australian Democracy
Australia's Constitution is a product of foreign and domestic political influences. It has become one of the enduring aspects of Australian politics and law, for better and worse.
A new book tells a detailed story of how policy decisions about pokies are actually made.
In Tasmania, a changing cast of actors has colluded to grant extreme riches to a single family, extracted in large part from the state’s most disadvantaged citizens.
Gogglebox, where you watch people watching TV.
AAP Image/Foxtel, Nick Wilson
Cult TV show Gogglebox is more than light entertainment: it shows the diverse reality of Australian English, going beyond stereotypes about what Australians sound like.