Life on Nauru is not idyllic – particularly for asylum seekers.
The undeniable truth is that Nauru – whether inside or outside the confines of the detention camp – is a dangerous and soul-destroying place for both asylum seekers and refugees.
The shale oil revolution has only just begun.
Shale oil image from www.shutterstock.com
Oil price developments over the past 40 years have been truly spectacular, but the recent fall in oil prices is likely to last, thanks to increasing production.
We should be thankful that Adam Goodes played and that we were able to watch him.
If we can do anything that is remotely respectful it is to see Adam Goodes’ class not just as an Aboriginal or a man, but as an Australian.
This digital false-colour image shows the dark, narrow streaks on Martian slopes inferred to be formed by seasonal flow of water on the planet. The streaks are roughly the length of a football field.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona
Now that we have discovered liquid water on the surface of Mars, what does this mean for the prospects of finding life there, past or present?
Has Chris Brown been made a scapegoat for domestic violence?
Chris Brown may be denied entry into Australia due to his violent past. Is this political posturing, or genuine support for survivors of domestic abuse?
The early solar system was once a turbulent place.
The early solar system was a busy place with plenty of meteorite impacts on the new planets and moons. But finding evidence of such impacts on Earth can be tricky.
Volunteering is a way to get involved in your community as this man, who has a refugee background, is doing in his work with older vision-impaired people.
Volunteering Western Australia (VWA)
The rate of volunteering among Australians and the hours individuals contribute appear to be falling. So how do people see volunteering and what can be done to restore this vital community activity?
It may take a magic wand from the RBA (or the Turnbull government) for Australia to escape a recession.
Volatility is not going away any time soon, and if the US Fed decision plays the wrong way on the Australian dollar, our central bank could soon be back in the jawboning business.
Australia has 1.4 million solar rooftops. But it is with the addition of battery storage that energy grids will really be revolutionised.
AAP Image/Lukas Coch
New prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has stressed the importance of embracing 'disruptive' technologies that shake up existing business models. Solar power and battery storage is one of the most enticing options.
Will she or won’t she?
The global economy is in a delicate position, which is why so many are fixated on this month's US decision on interest rates.
Not all the measures listed fit the definition of a tax.
AAP Image/Mick Tsikas
The Opposition is fond of saying that the government has imposed 17 new or increased taxes. Is that right?
Most Australians have embraced the idea of having a national disability scheme.
Two years into the trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, it's time to step back and address the problems we've discovered so far – rather than withdrawing from the scheme prematurely.
An image from the Manus Island detention centre during a hunger strike by asylum seekers in January.
AAP/Refugee Action Collective
Australia's system of offshore immigration detention operates outside of any effective state jurisdiction.
“In economics, things take longer to happen than you think they will, and then they happen faster than you thought they could.”
While recent days have witnessed a sharp sell-off in global stock markets it is important to remember that investment is generally a long-term game.
The Great Southern Reef is unique, beautiful and contributes significantly to Australia’s culture and economy. However, few of us realise the magnitude and value of this gem right at our doorstep.
T. Wernberg 2002
The Great Southern Reef covers 71,000 square km and contributes more than A$10 billion to Australia's economy each year.
Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said there is feedback from cafes and restaurants that Sunday penalty rates are prohibitively expensive.
Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told the Q&A audience last week that a lot of cafes and restaurants are closing because of Sunday penalty rates. Is that supported by the evidence?
No one is immune from cyber crime… no matter how protected you think you are.
If you think you're not at risk from cyber crime then think again. Everyone connected to the internet is a potential target and hackers are gathering what they can to try to gain your trust.
University attrition or ‘drop-out’ rates are at their highest level since 2005.
The latest Selected Higher Education Statistics have revealed an increase in student attrition, or the percentage of students commencing in 2013 who neither completed nor re-enrolled in 2014.
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Financial stress is more likely to cause Australians to drop out of home ownership. Why?
Too much meat is bad for our health and the environment, so why not tax it while giving veggies a free pass?
AAP Image/Dan Peled
If GST was added to meat, the government could raise billions of dollars in revenue while also encouraging shoppers to eat more veggies - a lipsmacking prospect for public health and the environment.