Should the OECD education report inform policy on schools?
We should be cautious of implementing policies off the back of the OECD's annual education report, which makes vast comparisons between countries and leaves out crucial data.
A woman extension worker employed by the Afar Pastoralist Development Association. Some health extension workers are separated from their families and some are unable to move.
Kate Holt/Anglican Overseas Aid
In Ethiopia health extension workers in rural areas fulfill an essential service - but they feel they have no career path.
Jetstar’s website was found to be misleading and deceptive.
Those annoying fees at the end of your online booking? They should be disclosed early.
All’s well … then one day you walk out the front door and into a freshly-nuked hellscape.
Do you run wild in Fallout, or vicariously hunt zombies in The Walking Dead? Three philosophers investigate the enduring appeal of the post-apocalypse.
Waiting in the wings as parliament sits in its final session after the election, Aung San Suu Kyi and her victorious NLD face the challenge of huge public expectations.
EPA/Nyein Chan Naing
Aung San Suu Kyi's NLD has won Myanmar's elections in a landslide, but must lead the transition to democratic rule carrying the hopes of tens of millions of voters who expect life to be transformed.
A rational discussion in a French salon.
On July 14, 1936, the 147th anniversary of the fall of the Bastille, members of the French Popular Front, the broad progressive coalition against fascism, paraded through Paris. The people’s banners bore…
Bill Shorten said politicians and government must find ways to re-engage a generation of young people.
There is a growing canyon now separating politics as understood and practiced by political authorities from the political practices of everyday people.
Protesters in Brisbane campaigning for more rights for landowners against coal seam gas.
AAP Image/Cleo Fraser
As a landowner, can you veto a coal seam gas development? And does the environment minister have the power to say no to coal mines?
Tony Abbott’s modest domestic policy record in office is dwarfed by Margaret Thatcher’s dismantling of socialism.
Tony Abbott’s Margaret Thatcher Lecture, delivered in London on Tuesday night, provides a fitting epitaph to his government.
Stocking densities can be just as important as whether the chickens are free to roam.
Courtesy of Freshwater Creek Free Range
Consumers want to eat eggs that are kinder to hens. But with most laying hens bred for cages and not suited to roaming free, it will take farmers a while to catch up and breed happier chooks.
New season asparagus from farmland on Melbourne’s city fringe.
Melbourne's farms currently supply over 40% of the city's food. But a growing population and urban sprawl mean by 2050 they'll supply half as much.
The Nursery Alice, illustrated by John Tenniel.
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It’s 150 years since an Oxford mathematics don published the most important work of children’s literature and one of the most influential books of all time. The origins of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland…
Asked what was presently vexing him, the bard’s troubled Hamlet replies “words, words, words”. Here as elsewhere, there is method to the disgruntled Prince of Denmark’s feigned madness. “A rose by any…
The Carmichael coal mine (not pictured) is set to be Australia’s largest.
Experts respond to the reapproval of Adani's Carmichael mine.
Koalas are again in the firing line. But should diseased animals be culled for the greater good?
Research has shown that culling koalas could help stop the spread of deadly chlamydia. But how open will Australians be to killing one our favourite animals?
Policymakers should consider other solutions, such as prison diversion programs.
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The challenge is to intervene before users hit crisis point. A Hawaii-based program does just this and has achieved substantial reductions in drug use. A similar scheme could work in Australia.
The supply of teachers cannot be turned on and off like a tap – it takes years to create a teacher.
The narrow focus on grades and random employment statistics reflects a very simplistic view of our complex education system.
Locations such as Queensland’s Gold Coast have been nominated as at risk of money laundering by international criminals targeting real estate.
Much more can be done to protect Australia's property market from international criminals seeking to wash their proceeds.
What do we learn about Labor leader Bill Shorten from David Marr’s new Quarterly Essay?
Faction Man is a product of Black Inc. From their perspective, Bill Shorten – and his fascination with grimy Labor machine politics – is an alien figure.
Limitations to the flow of money to countries like Eritrea has family members in Australia worried.
With fewer options available to send much-needed money to their family overseas, migrant communities fear severe consequences.