Should trade in ivory be banned or not? There may be a solution.
There are now several new gate-keeping measures to test teacher quality introduced by universities in the last two to three years.
Australia's decline in PISA rankings and criticisms of NAPLAN tell us we should also be looking at how we assess teacher quality.
Wild grey seal eating a large Atlantic salmon after first peeling back the skin using its teeth and claws.
Northern seals use strong claws to tear apart large prey and this gives us clues about how the earliest seals likely behaved when they first began feeding in water.
Mai Lam/The Conversation NY-BD-CC
Sea otters can break the shell on a shellfish by hitting it against a stone resting on their belly. This can look like clapping. Some even have a favourite stone they carry around in their armpits.
Pauline Hanson addresses a Reclaim Australia rally in Brisbane in 2015.
The 'paranoid style' of the Australian far-right limits its possibilities for growth, but online organisation has allowed it to infiltrate mainstream politics.
Australian governments have too often succumbed to perceived community pressure to limit parole authorities’ independence and powers.
Government and judicial interventions into the decisions of parole boards display a progressive loss of faith in these independent bodies.
Australian beef producers will be much more competitive in exporting to China as their American competitors have to grapple with the 25% tariff on their beef.
To be realistic, the US-China trade war gives Australia the unprecedented chance to expand its economic footprint.
DNA testing has its risks, including that you don’t know who will own your genetic data.
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
Online genetic testing promises many things. Some are the stuff of fantasy, while others, even if scientifically feasible, still carry risks. Consider these five things before ordering a test.
Historic investments in green open space along the Yarra created a legacy of liveability in Melbourne.
Australian cities are experiencing the third big wave of growth in their history. The response in the past was planning and investment in green infrastructure, and it's time to do the same again.
Women are less active in managing their super when there are more men in the office.
If a superannuation fund member is at a workplace where a lot of colleagues make changes to their investment strategy, it becomes significantly more likely that they themselves will make a change.
Facebook’s actions – or inactions – facilitated breaches of privacy and human rights associated with democratic governance.
Human rights abuses might be embedded in the business model that has evolved for social media companies in their second decade.
At least half of the donors who had donated anonymously were in favour of their offspring being able to know their identity.
The news that Victorian sperm donor records from the 1970s and 1980s were preserved and are now accessible creates both challenges and opportunities for both donors and their offspring.
Australia is within reach of achieving its pledge to end new HIV transmissions by 2020.
The HIV prevention drug Truvada (PrEP) will be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme from this Sunday, moving Australia closer to achieving its goal of ending new HIV transmissions by 2020.
The Victorian report recommends the law be changed to allow peers to distribute needles and other clean injecting equipment.
Victoria should implement a new report's recommendation to allow peers to distribute clean injecting equipment, but it needs to go further to ensure safe drug use in prison.
Trinity’s students, parents and alumni are seething after the sacking of longstanding deputy headmaster.
The anger at the sacking of the deputy headmaster at Melbourne's Trinity Grammar is less about the haircut and more about what it represents.
Many hi-tech companies manufacture their products in China for its cheap labour.
AAP Image/ Wan SC FeatureChina
China established a system of approving foreign investments on condition the businesses involved agreed to partner with local firms and transfer knowledge and skills to the local Chinese market.
Recent violations of sexual harassment policies at universities have involved students as complainants.
Another case of alleged sexual harassment in academia highlights the slow progress being made to protect people from abuse.
The recent elections in Tasmania, South Australia and the byelection in Batman have left an impression that the advance of the minor parties has stalled. This is not necessarily the case.
The merged union will especially benefit members of the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia.
Super unions allow for more resources to be put into building union membership and other union activities.
Many lone-actor attacks, including the 2014 Sydney siege, are carried out by perpetrators with a history of violence against women.
The Victorian government's new centre to prevent terrorist and lone actor attacks needs to fully understand the links between these types of attacks and violence against women.