Research says this is not a constructive option.
Showing your children affection and teaching them to see the consequences of their actions is more likely to promote good behaviour than smacking.
Atticus is not who we thought he was – but maybe who we thought he was was wrong.
Atticus Finch, we learn in Go Set a Watchman, once attended a Ku Klux Klan meeting, and welcomes pro-segregation speakers at local council meetings. But is he really so different to the man we know from To Kill a Mockingbird?
The public hearings of Victoria’s royal commission mark the next stage of changing how we see, and respond to, family violence.
The royal commission presents a timely opportunity to greatly improve responses to family violence in Victoria. But as the volume of submissions reveal, this is a task not easily achieved.
The Australian government has instructed the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to stop investing in wind.
Can the government tell its clean energy finance body what to invest in? Recent news that the Clean Energy Finance Corporation will be banned from investing in wind farms and small-scale solar suggest that the government is trying to do just that.
The health star rating food labelling system is failing consumers.
Rather than informing consumer choice, Australia's year-old health star food rating system is failing customers, and allowing food manufacturers to give an aura of health to junk foods.
The latest coal mine approved in Australia is destined for exports.
Experts respond to the recently-approved Shenhua Watermark coal mine.
The entry into the market of new media and new players hasn’t altered the value of local content for people in regional and rural Australia.
Some of the bush tales about regional news that are circulating in the ongoing debate about media reform need to be debunked.
Our lives are often shaped and made meaningful by the stars and celebrities who enter them.
When Bowie sang of aliens, cross-dressed, or emptied himself of colour and light, he demonstrated the power that music, fashion and performance can have in creating a landscape of endless possibility.
Bribes are just one of many ways criminals can secure favours from procurement officials and politicians.
AAP Image/Dean Lewins
New research suggests that more work needs to be done to stop criminals from subverting government procurement processes and using the spoils to fund crime and terrorism.
It will take more than ‘male champions’ to disrupt the gendered norms of leadership in Australia.
Women hoping to disrupt the organisational norm of male as leader can benefit from an understanding of hostile takeovers.
We’re still working out the extent of the problem, but it’s not too early to act.
While the disability system has undergone significant and important reforms over the past three decades, many problems remain. We're still failing to protect people with disabilities.
The University of Adelaide wants to spend class time doing social activities and leave the passive lectures for home.
The University of Adelaide is planning to completely phase out lectures. Is this change good for learning?
Allen & Unwin
Many child narrators in adult fiction are precocious. This enables them to describe events and people in ways that would not be possible for ordinary children of their age.
Libertarians, such as David Leyonhjelm, refuse to see anything but individual liberty as having decisive moral weight.
David Leyonhjelm is a conviction politician whose positions are governed by principle, not populism. But he is exposing the disturbing moral thinness of the libertarian principles he espouses.
9/11 ‘Truthers’ at a protest in Los Angeles.
We’ve just seen another mass shooting in the US. This time it was a church, and race hate was the cause. Other times it’s a school, or a cinema, or a university, or a shopping mall. By now, the script…
Do you want your child to be the oldest or youngest in the class?
There's no national school starting age in Australia, so how do you know when to send them to school?
We wouldn’t get very far without lubricin keeping our joints moving.
You may not have heard of the protein lubricin, but it's what keeps your body moving. And now it's being used to treat disease and produce new therapeutics.
The concept of a timely and dignified death has been replaced by an imperative to keep us alive at all costs.
We all die eventually, of course, but these days it's very hard for doctors and loved ones to let patients and relatives die without doing "whatever it takes".
The senate’s wind inquiry has recommended increasing regulation for wind farms.
Wind turbines have got Canberra in a spin this week. But does the industry need more regulation?
More than 84% of households in Berlin rent their home.
Many of the reasons housing is more affordable outside Australia stem from government intervention.