The Australian Border Force’s creation was no simple re-shuffling of departmental units.
The Australian Border Force represents a significant departure from earlier ways of managing the border.
Gamba Grass is altering fire regimes in the Top End, threatening human life and property, natural assets including Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, and compromising savanna burning programs.
One of the Australian government's new research priorities is "environmental change". But can be hard to know how to tackle such huge and interlinked issues as climate change and species extinctions.
Killers who deliberately commit their acts in public places are often motivated by revenge.
Classifying killers into particular types is intuitively appealing. It helps us make sense of what otherwise seems senseless. But this approach tells us only the smallest fraction of their motivation.
Tony Abbott has flagged a plebiscite, or ‘people’s vote’, on same-sex marriage.
Every generation in the last 150 years has seen in Australia a contest over marriage which reflects shifting positions on its defining features, and its associated rights and obligations.
When the global economy runs on bubbles.
In the shadow of a history-repeating Black Monday, it’s useful to step back and ask how we got here again.
Public broadcasting is a lot more than a safety net for commercial market failure.
Repeated surveys show that people value public broadcasters highly. But the political class isn't listening.
Independent oversight will be a crucial new ingredient in the Queensland government’s vow for stronger domestic violence action.
We’ve heard promises to act on domestic violence too often before. But a new Queensland plan offers public accountability measures – which could finally turn rhetoric into real action.
The great majority of Sunday workers who would lose penalty rates under proposed IR reforms, are non-unionists.
The Productivity Commission's proposed industrial relations reform goes after unions, but will generally affect the non-unionised workforce most.
Julie Bishop recently claimed that the Australia-Indonesia relationship is ‘very strong and very good’.
On balance, it seems that the Australia-Indonesia relationship is more or less back to its usual setting – where “usual setting” means “fragile”.
Cafe workers are among many that stand to lose Sunday penalty rates.
Sunday penalty rates will go under Productivity Commission recommendations, but overall our workplace system was basically operating well, it found.
Australia’s Bumala-y Yuurrama-y seems to be accepted only when confined to matches between Indigenous players, yet all New Zealanders feel able to embrace the Haka.
While AFL player Adam Goodes polarised Australians by performing an Indigenous war dance, New Zealanders unite in celebration of the Haka. The difference in approach to Indigenous culture is telling.
Things should look a little more familiar on Windows 10.
After Windows 8 flopped, Microsoft is betting big with a free upgrade to Windows 10 and a new strategy to keep the brand alive in a changing technology landscape.
Do certain ‘types’ of guns make mass shootings more likely to occur?
What interventions might be most useful for reducing the incidence of mass shootings? What lessons should other countries really learn from Australia's experience?
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A quick scan of recent media highlights an entire industry exists around workplace happiness. Being a corporate happiness expert is now a job title. As part of this effort, billions of dollars are spent…
The ALP national conference has become a highly choreographed, stage-managed affair in recent times.
The ALP national conference has lost its policymaking significance of the past. Instead it has become a reflection of the leader's standing within the party.
Avoiding logging in native forests could earn Australia millions of extra carbon credits.
The Renewable Energy Target now includes wood waste from forestry. But a more sustainable use of Australia's native forests would be to leave them alone and earn carbon credits from the avoided emissions.
Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt has found a way for the state to dodge its growing debt.
Austerity was never really an option for the Queensland Labor government's first budget, and its move to shift debt make sense.
Barnaby Joyce has been outspoken in opposition to a government decision to build a coal mine in his electorate of New England.
Collective responsibility – or cabinet solidarity – is an axiom of political prudence that has mutated into a constitutional convention of how ministers should behave.
Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras' negotiating tactics have lost Greece the trust of European members.
The bail-out package that Greeks rejected is essentially back. The chaotic process that led to it has lost Greece the trust of the eurozone.
The critically endangered Leadbeater’s Possums is just one of Australia’s animals threatened by habitat loss.
Three recent reports make clear that we should be saving habitat in order to save species. It is pretty simple. Destroy a species' habitat and you destroy its home.