Family policies are about ensuring children get a good start in life.
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Before fiddling with the design of paid parental leave, we need to be clear about the purpose of the policy.
Scott Morrison spoke to the Urban Development Institute of Australia on housing affordability.
A panel of experts on housing respond to Treasurer Scott Morrison's speech on improving the supply of housing in Australia.
Don’t underestimate an echidna.
New technology reveals that digging echidnas play a crucial role in Australia's ecosystems.
Western Australia’s government hopes its workers will look away from the mining sector towards industries like tourism and health.
Mining will continue to be a dominant force in Western Australia's future but the health sector is the more likely to deliver jobs and growth than tourism or agriculture, new research shows.
In the unregulated Australian rental housing market, rental leases are almost always short term.
The need for new housing solutions for these low-income groups is clearly a pressing requirement.
A still from the most recent Islamic State video, released last week.
Videos released by Islamic State have captured the attention of the world for years. But the media focus on its so-called 'slick, professional' video techniques runs the risk of mythologising the terrorist group.
It’s all fun until someone gets hacked.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and senior ministers have been criticised over their use of WhatsApp, which can leave users vulnerable if their phones are hacked, attacked by malware, or simply stolen.
Most people aspire to eat a healthy diet. But things change when we get to the supermarket.
Three in five Australian adults get sucked in by promotions and specials on junk food and sugary drinks at the supermarket, research released today shows.
There will soon be billions of connected smart devices, and they could be turned against us.
A recent massive distributed denial-of-service attack by compromised Internet of Things devices highlights a growing cyber security threat.
Some home buyers can’t afford to go through the regular channels so the rent-to-buy deals appeal to them.
People who engage in rent-to-buy schemes might not be protected under law and are often left in unaffordable situations.
Will our digital phrasebook finally be able to handle more than just simple snippets?
Auto-translation software has been pretty frustrating to use. But news of vast improvements to Google's translation software raises the prospect that websites will soon be browsable in any language.
Will I get arthritis if I crack my knuckles?
We've all had the experience of standing up and hearing a loud crack in our back or hip, so what's happening in our joints when this happens, and is it bad?
Houses are destroyed by tsunami floods following the magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Japan on March 11, 2011.
We can't predict or prevent tsunamis you can improve your chances of staying safe by understanding the risk, being prepared and acting quickly when disaster strikes.
The changes to the cap on non-concessional contributions is one of the features of the latest superannuation reform proposals.
The Coalition has reached a compromise to get its superannuation reform past its own party, but the changes will make it harder for women and older workers.
Only Tasmania and South Australia have introduced legislation that provides for minimum standards in rental properties.
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With tenancy laws under review, a ruling that landlords must maintain residential premises in good repair even if dilapidated is hailed as a 'landmark' decision. That tells us reform is needed.
US TV-style ‘interventions’ aren’t the answer.
Ice increases the risks of psychosis, violence and impulsivity, and decreases emotional control. So what can families really do?
Refugee artist Eaten Fish has attracted international attention for his powerful cartoons of life on Manus Island.
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A young Iranian detained on Manus Island has won a prestigious international award for his cartoons reflecting life there. Our government should allow this young man to fly to the US to accept his award.
Islamic State today is in increasingly dire straits on the ground in Iraq and Syria.
Islamic State's call to arms against Australian targets may appear concerning in it its specificity. But it does little to change the underlying security realities the group and its supporters face.
Programs like the Meth Project are unlikely to have any significant impact on drug use.
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Australia is following the lead of the United States and sending ex-ice users into schools in the hope they can impact kids' attitudes towards drug use and prevent use.
Research shows that even taking into account all the drivers of the gender pay gap there is still a large portion we can’t explain.
Misunderstandings about the gender pay gap diminish the importance of its impact, so it's time to explain the different ways it's measured.