The inability to meet Pacific Island expectations on climate change will erode Australia’s leadership credentials and influence in the region.
Australia ensured its official communique watered down commitments to respond to climate change, gaining a hollow victory.
Dennis Altman in Santa Cruz California in 1984,
New York in the early 1980s was a time of literary salons, concentrated ambition and a flowering of gay cultural power.
Sludge cakes the landscape in the aftermath of a burst mining dam in Brazil.
Contemporary mining disasters echo the devastation caused by Victoria's gold fields. Victorians campaigned for some of the world's first laws against industrial pollution.
The Morrison government is at risk of losing control of China policy at the most critical time in Australian history.
Backbencher Andrew Hastie's recent opinion piece has caused ructions within the government, but Scott Morrison needs to articulate a clear policy on China that also allows for dissenting voices.
Male and female brains are different at every level. Science is continuing to uncover how these differences affect health and disease.
Parkinson's disease is twice as common in men than in women. A sex gene called SRY, found only in men, could go some way to explaining this – and might pave the way for potential treatments.
Expertise on the inner workings of the Chinese Communist Party is spread dangerously thin across Australia.
Australia must develop the intellectual acumen to see the world through China’s leaders’ eyes to manage the relationship on its own terms.
Half of women seeking second and third-trimester abortions do so because of foetal abnormalities.
If NSW decriminalises abortion, women will be able to access a termination up to 22 weeks' gestation. But such cut-offs are arbitrary and should be abandoned.
Demand-driven funding was capped in 2017, but the cap will lift for new enrolments from 2020 (with a caveat).
Around 7.5% of university government funding will be tied to performance measures, including graduate outcomes and participation rates of disadvantaged students.
At least 5,000 Australians die each year as a result of sepsis, more commonly known as blood poisoning.
With an ageing population, and the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, now is the time to be worried about sepsis.
The Morrison government must have a plan for Australia’s involvement if the “peacekeeping” descends into hostility.
With the experience of hastily joining the US-lead invasion of Iraq in 2003 still fresh, the federal government must ensure it has a clear view of the limits of any new commitment.
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.
Recent AFP raids on media outlets raised fears of a chilling effect on investigative journalism, but a new book finds it is thriving against the odds.
Despite media companies' revenue declining in recent years, a nine-year study reveals that the greatly feared death of investigative journalism has not occurred.
The vaccine coverage needed for herd immunity varies from disease to disease.
When a certain percentage of a population has been vaccinated, it prevents an infectious disease from spreading. But that threshold depends on the disease.
Jacinda Adern said the issue was having a ‘corrosive’ effect on Australia’s relationship with her country, and that Australia should not take the closeness of the relationship for granted.
Many people being deported have extensive family ties in Australia and have spent very little time in New Zealand.
Uyghurs in Australia are pressing Canberra to take a firmer stance with China on its treatment of the Muslim minority. Thus far, Australia’s response has been relatively muted.
China says it is helping the Uyghurs, but its actions meet the threshold of cultural genocide: 'a premeditated, calculated, systematic, malicious crime authorised by the state’s political leaders'.
Angka penyandang disabilitas yang menjadi korban kekerasan seksual jauh lebih tinggi dari jumlah yang dilaporkan oleh Komisi Nasional Anti Kekerasan Terhadap Perempuan (Komnas Perempuan).
Mereka yang menolak lupa bahwa RUU PKS sesungguhnya mempromosikan dan melindungi hak-hak kelompok di masyarakat yang sangat terpinggirkan perempuan dan anak penyandang disabilitas.
It is important to note that the actual number of women and children with disabilities who have become victims of sexual violence is much higher than the figures reported.
As politicians focus on the inauguration of a new parliament in October, supporters of the bill are concerned the bill might not be passed.
Footage released by Iran’s Sepah News reportedly shows Revolutionary Guard Corps boarding the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero.
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The wisest course from here would seem to be reopening discussions with Tehran about Gulf security and an American-imposed sanctions regime. But this will be easier said than done.
Charges against Yang appear to relate to his work as a writer and blogger in which he has been sharply critical of the Chinese regime.
Yang's detainment is set to further complicate Australia's relationship with China.
The theory is that if therapies are started early enough, it might be possible to alter the trajectory of autism.
Children with autism don't usually begin therapy until they're given a diagnosis, which rarely occurs before the age of two. But new research shows there's benefit to starting early.