Dead river red gums line a dry creek west of Mildura.
We'll have to get our priorities in order to protect Australia's wildlife.
Chloe Chignell’s dance piece Deep Shine in the 2016 Keir Choreographic awards.
Legendary critic Deborah Jowitt's visit to Australia for the Keir choreographic awards is focussing attention on the paucity of our dance criticism. Yet informed reviews are vital to the health of an art form.
Falstaff Wooing Mistress Ford.
I wasn’t 100% sure how I felt when my wife announced she thought we should see a Shakespeare on the one night we’d had without our toddler for I don’t know exactly how long. Moreover, it was a play I wasn’t…
American advertisement for non-surgical nose correction.
Surgical makeovers might seem a modern phenomenon but they have a long and disturbing history: from 16th century skin grafts done without anaesthesia to reductions of "primitive" large breasts.
Scientists and engineers can help students to get more out of studying STEM subjects.
Spending time with scientists and engineers and going to laboratories increases students' interest in STEM subjects.
People enjoy the green space of parks, but often their activities are of a fairly passive nature.
Parks are found in most neighbourhoods, generally free to use and are enjoyed by diverse groups. Although most visitors don't use parks for physical activity, modest improvements can change that.
Regardless of the channels through which it is done, most employees want to have a say in how their workplaces are run.
Even though union membership has dropped to just 15%, unions still have an important role to play in ensuring that workers have meaningful input into how their workplaces are run.
A woman in Burkina Faso collects firewood. Developing nations – and particularly women in these nations – are more vulnerable to climate change, and have less ability to adapt.
Climate justice is becoming an increasingly important part of climate action.
Australian libertarians have accused doctors of ‘whingeing’ about alcohol-related violence.
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The “marketplace of ideas” is usually less a showroom for shiny new models and more of a cheery Op Shop. So it’s a big deal when a genuinely new argument is spotted in the wild – even, or perhaps especially…
Everlastings in the Australian Alps. But will they be?
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We're set to hear very little about nature conservation in Australia's upcoming election campaign. Here's why that's a huge oversight.
A planned Uber-style service, currently named Chariot for Women, is recruiting thousands of female drivers across the United States. The drivers will only accept women and child passengers. The aim of…
Sugary drinks are high in energy and lead to weight gain and obesity.
It's time for Australia to follow the UK's lead and increase the price of sugary drinks.
Ministers considering new coal mines need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.
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The granting of a mining lease to the Carmichael coal project, despite the huge potential greenhouse emissions, shows that ministers need to consider the wider consequences of their approvals.
This way to the Grange Westall.
Beliefs, webs, tears Unlike Bethsheba’s husband, our beliefs about the world do not go out to face the music alone. The most basic beliefs you can think of—say: that right now, my son is in the room with…
If we are to prevent family violence, we must change the attitudes and social conditions that give rise to it.
Children may endure family violence directly, or witness violence perpetrated on others. Both scenarios result in severe adverse effects for children in the short and long term.
Determining how far a person can lawfully go in protecting themselves in a home invasion requires consideration of complex legal issues.
By requiring that a person acting in self-defence must act genuinely and reasonably, Australian states and territories appropriately balance self-defence against vigilantism.
A Trump presidency may be the right time for Australia to distance itself from the US.
It is impossible to know for sure what a Trump presidency would be like. But there are sensible reasons to suspect it could be disastrous – not only for the US but also for Australia.
Benjamin chasing Boxer in Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ when it is too late.
Of Frogs and Lions In a very old play called The Frogs, the protagonists (who find themselves in Hades) are treated to a poetic contest between the great Greek tragedians Aeschylus and Euripides. It is…
Channel 7’s new program Seven Year Switch is not based on evidence, despite couching itself in scientific terms.
What do the viewing public make of reality TV shows about relationships when they're masqueraded as "science" and feature "relationship experts"?
Nabokov’s Lolita received numerous vicious reviews.
Throughout history, book reviewers have sometimes been comically off the mark in their assessments. A New York Times reviewer described Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita as “dull, dull, dull in a pretentious…