Differences in personal resources and capabilities mean that the most vulnerable Australians find the legal system inaccessible.
The demand for government-funded legal services is large and growing. Simply "not cutting" these services does the community a grave disservice.
In 1915, Australians came to terms with total war – and were prepared for the battle at Gallipoli and conscription in 1916.
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It was not the excitement but the seriousness of the first world war that captured the imaginations of Australians. The experience of 1915 had a marked effect on local commitment to winning the war.
The debate around coal seam gas exploration is highly politically charged, so it’s important to have an accurate picture of what exactly is proposed.
Is Christian Democratic Party leader Fred Nile correct when he says that 53% of Australia's landmass is under current exploration licence for unconventional mining?
By bringing together Arab political parties in the Joint List, Ayman Odeh has emerged as leader of the third-largest party in Israel.
The emergence of the Joint List as the third-largest party is evidence of both Israeli democracy and a growing awareness among the nation's Arab citizens of their power to influence its direction.
The activities of the US Export Import Bank effectively subsidise both the exporting company and the importing company in another country.
The US Export Import Bank is facing closure unless it gains last minute Congressional support. How will it impact on Australian companies?
As negotiations drag on, President Hassan Rouhani must defy rising hostility to a deal on Iran’s nuclear program from within the Islamic Republic and abroad.
As the deadline for an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program draws near, opposition to any such deal is gathering momentum.
Journalists tackle the Prime minister Tony Abbott at a typical media conference at Parliament House in Canberra.
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The Abbott government's efforts to amend its data retention bill amid concerns about journalists protecting their sources is still a worry. And others should be concerned too, including MP.
The government tried to be egalitarian in arguing for these reforms. The trouble was the 2014 budget left voters feeling the government was anything but.
The defeat of the Abbott government’s higher education reform package in the Senate adds another line to its long list of policy failures.
Would it ever be responsible to legitimise the story that someone “healed themselves” of cancer through diet?
Social media entrepreneur Belle Gibson is not the first to be accused of fabricating a personal recovery story for public consumption. So what responsibility do publishers have in such cases?
The six finalists of the Stella Prize, announced yesterday, include three authors who have been shortlisted based on their first major works of fiction. That's definitely something to celebrate.
A koala and her joey try to reach the last leaves on a tree.
When their populations explode, killing koalas is sometimes the only way to reduce their suffering. But why do some places have too many koalas?
What does the evidence say about alcohol and violence?
There is a lot of evidence showing that changing people's drinking hours and consumption patterns reduces violence and hospital admissions.
Do security cameras work to protect school kids?
The Abbott government has announced 54 schools will receive funding for security guards and CCTV cameras in an attempt to prevent possible terror attacks. But where is the line between protection and privacy invasion?
A model of the Terminator from the popular movie series where machines take over the world.
If machines run by artificial intelligence take over the world it's only because we programmed them to do so. So how can fuzzy logic help us prevent that?
An Australian study found certain elite athletes were more at risk of taking drugs than others.
Our study found that 8% of the 1,684 elite Australian athletes we surveyed said they had used at least one of six illicit drugs – including ecstasy, cocaine and cocaine – over the previous year.
Is mass data retention the way to go or should authorities be forced to come back with a warrant to find what they want?
As the Australian government pushes on with its data retention bill there are still questions about what safeguards and protections are in place, and a look at similar moves that have failed overseas.
The “average” Australian according to statistics is a 37 year-old woman with two kids, a mortgage and three bedroom house. But how “typical” are her consumer choices?
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Who is the “typical” or “average” consumer? Is there such a thing? What do they look like? How do they make decisions? Am I an average (or perhaps a below average) consumer? It’s something that comes up…
In That Sugar Film, Australian actor Damon Gameau eats food containing the equivalent of 40 teaspoons of sugar every day for 60 days.
In the tradition of the classic food-binging film Super Size Me, comes a public self-experiment showing eating too much sugar and highly-processed foods is not so good for us. But is it any good?
Victoria’s new Labor government has set up an Australian-first royal commission into family violence.
It is difficult to capture just how important a royal commission with this focus is. For too long, family violence has taken, threatened and pervaded the lives of so many in the Victorian community.
Changes to Australia’s foreign investment regime are supposed to strengthen protections in the residential market.
Changes to our foreign investment regime are more tinkering around the edges than true reform.