Successive governments have ignored the health risks of climate change.
As the new Australian parliament takes the reins, health groups are moving to ensure the new health minister addresses a major health threat in this term of government: climate change.
Australia’s political leaders were silent on a number of key issues during the election campaign.
The problem confronting political parties is that the people in leadership positions are intellectually and emotionally ill-equipped to grasp the complex transformation in human affairs now under way.
Cases of AIDS are so few they are no longer recorded on public health registers.
There are good reasons for drawing attention to “the end of AIDS” in Australia. But this needs to be read with caution.
Although Malcolm Turnbull has been returned to office, he faces considerable challenges.
How did the Coalition go from a resounding victory in 2013 to the edge of electoral defeat?
Greens leader Richard Di Natale (2L) celebrates on election night.
With voters turning away from the two major parties and towards the Greens and micro-parties, it may be time to rethink our entire electoral system.
The AFL must be prepared to take a consistent, ethical position on sexism and misogyny in the game.
Despite efforts to make football a more inclusive game, the AFL has been long been dogged by accusations of sexism and misogyny.
Alcohol is cheaper off-premises.
Most risky drinking happens at home, so policies need to focus on the price of alcohol sold off-premises rather than lockout and other venue-based laws.
Detail of Frida Kahlo, Self-portrait with monkeys 1943.
The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art © 2016 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico DF
The Mexican artist Frida Kahlo kept monkeys as pets and painted them often. They symbolised the children she couldn't have and were worshipped as gods of fertility in Aztec times.
The best way to ensure your vote contributes as much as it can to the election of senators is to number as many squares as you can.
Following the Turnbull government’s recent changes, Australia has new rules for electing senators. How will they work in practise?
Flatworms of the genus Temnosewellia liivng on the Orbost spiny crayfish (Euastacus diversus).
I am so proud of our recent publication, mostly because it has been a long time coming. We received an Australian Research Council grant in the year 2000 to work on this so it has taken us some time to…
The main ‘failure’ of the demand-driven system is its success.
The main failure of university expansion is the unwillingness to fund it. Costs are certainly escalating, but priorities are always political as well as financial.
Thousands of people queued to donate blood in the wake of the Orlando massacre, but the target of the attacks, the gay community, was not able to contribute.
In the the wake of the Orlando massacre, many people directly affected by this homophobic hate crime are prevented from offering help due to homophobic regulations.
William Barak’s Ceremony has sold at auction to an unknown buyer.
Can you repatriate a painting? Descendants of Aboriginal painter William Barak ran a crowdsourcing campaign to try to buy back the previously unknown artwork Ceremony.
An unknown portrait of Lola Montez as a young woman.
Private Collection Print
The early goldrush was a topsy-turvy time for rebellious women, such as the globetrotting dancer Lola Montez. An exhibition showcasing goldfields jewellery spotlights this era when penniless immigrants could dress like queens.
Tony Abbott promised the IPA that his government would repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act – only to renege on this when in government.
The Institute of Public Affairs was founded by rich men with rich men’s interests at its core, albeit with obligatory nods to the national interest.
Sex ed should be inclusive, empowering, and facilitate ethical sexual relationships.
Good sex ed doesn't lead to early sex, teenage pregnancy and STIs. It protects against them.
Magnolia Maymuru, who hails from the remote community of Yirrkala.
George Fragopoulos/Miss World Australia
Magnolia Maymuru, the Northern Territory's representative at the Miss World national finals, is a trailblazer. But will she escape the racialised exoticism that has long plagued Indigenous women?
La Trobe University becomes the first in Australia to move towards fossil fuel divestment after pressure from students, staff and alumni.
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La Trobe University is the first Australian university to commit to divesting fully from fossil fuels, but will it have any impact?
More than 7% of Western women choose not to have children.
Women who publicly state their desire never to be mothers in the traditional sense challenge the idea that woman and mother are synonymous.
Blended, rainbow, single or two-parents are just some of the ways to make a modern family.
It's tempting to look back nostagically when thinking about the idea of the "family", but the evidence shows that it's strong, functional and flourishing.