Bill Shorten and Tanya Plibersek read The Very Hungry Caterpillar – which did not make our experts’ list.
If you were in charge of the new parliamentary book club, what Australian book would you want your representative to read? Our experts weigh in.
Mimicking the future.
A real-life experiment to mimic future conditions for soils affected by climate change suggests that some of the biggest impacts could be to ecosystems buried out of sight beneath our feet.
Supermarkets may discount junk foods to capitalise on the ‘impulse buy’.
Our new study finds in Australian supermarkets, the lower the health star rating, the higher the discounts. The time is ripe for a national conversation about making discounts healthier.
For young women in Queensland, the risk of unwanted sexual attention is high when they go out at night.
Rates of unwelcome advances haven't changed under Queensland's 'Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence' policies. In one entertainment district, it happened to 26% of women the night they were interviewed.
Queenslanders are drinking heavily when they go out and breathalyser tests show most don’t realise how drunk they are.
Even after 'Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence' policies took effect in 2016, Queenslanders still drink more heavily on nights out. Reported levels of aggression are higher than in other states too.
Public alarm at alcohol-related violence led the Queensland government to change liquor licensing laws in 2016. The results of a two-year evaluation are now in.
A comprehensive two-year evaluation of statewide measures introduced in 2016 has shown it's possible to reduce alcohol-related violence while also producing economic benefits.
Four wind farm operators must face the federal court over allegations they failed their basic responsibilities during the 2016 South Australian blackout.
Media Files: ACCC seeks to clip wings of tech giants like Facebook and Google but international effort is required.
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In Dickens' era, international copyright law developed from a worldwide effort to deal with a global problem. Is it time to tackle tech giants the same way? A journalist and a media owner explain.
A range of laws allow Australian agencies such as local governments to peer over security agencies’ shoulder at your personal data.
Under controversial national security laws, parts of your mobile phone data is accessible by federal police and counterterrorism agencies. But in reality dozens of other organisations can access it too.
Most new apartments were not designed with families in mind and parents of young children can struggle to make social connections.
Almost half of apartment residents in Australia are families, but few high-rise dwellings were built with them in mind. Many find these apartments present barriers to building social connections.
Recycling is a communal problem.
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Australia's recycling woes belong to everyone, from households to government to business. It's time to stop pointing fingers and get to work on a solution.
Hockey contributes a lot to activity levels compared to other sports.
Sport is only one way of being active and it's usually done at particular times and on particular days. Teens should get physical activity throughout the day, every day.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is pushing to have new security laws passed by parliament as quickly as possible.
Allowing our citizens to be somebody else's problem, out of sight and out of mind, does not actually make the security risk to Australians go away.
The clearest change following the introduction of 24-hour public transport was that people were observed to be getting more intoxicated.
A program aimed at getting people home safely has cost A$300 million but has had little impact, aside from increased intoxication in CBD venues. Rates of assaults and road crashes are much the same.
The Galilee waterhole is part of the area potentially affected by Adani’s Carmichael mine.
Adani's request for the names of individual scientists reviewing their groundwater management plan has chilling implications for scientific independence.
Indonesia is not the only country to turn back contaminated waste.
Australia doesn't want to deal with its own recycling waste, so why do we think other countries should do it for us?
President Hassan Rouhani came to office with an olive branch, but his hard-liners rivals now appear to be setting the political agenda in Iran.
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani staked his political fortunes on bringing Iran out of isolation. Now, it appears he's losing control to hard-liners in Iran.
Ditch the ‘destiny’ mindset – a ‘relationship growth’ one is likely to deliver better romantic partnerships.
If you're overlooking potential romantic partners because they're not who you envisioned as 'the one', it might be time to reassess your approach.
Sarcopenia is defined by a loss of muscle mass and strength, usually associated with ageing. But it can be treated.
A muscle-wasting condition called sarcopenia affects up to one-third of older adults. The good news is that people with sarcopenia can rebuild their muscle mass.
VR gives the user a sense of body ownership over a virtual avatar.
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In VR you can explore the world from a different point of view. And studies have shown that experiencing new perspectives in the virtual world can alter your behaviour in real life.