Shadow Immigration Minister Richard Marles said the world is experiencing its greatest period of human need since WWII.
Shadow Immigration Minister Richard Marles has said that the world is now going through its greatest period of humanitarian need since WWII. Is that right?
Reading for pleasure has proven benefits in other areas of academic and vocational life.
Once children can read teachers and parents stop encouraging them to continue reading. But reading for pleasure is important, too.
Australia’s Federal Court last year rejected Ms D'Arcy’s appeal and ruled companies could patent genes they isolated.
The High Court challenge is the last resort for Ms D'Arcy's test case against companies patenting human genes and has implications for patients, clinicians and researchers.
A deal ten years in the making.
Political issues have left ChAFTA an imperfect agreement in which the government has been forced to pick winners and losers.
There is precious little dignity available for those Australians who are in the last stages of their lives.
The contrast between rights with dignity and rights without is increasingly apparent with regard to two groups of Australians: retirees and those in aged-care facilities.
Old people in many countries are less likely to own a car.
Could developed countries' ageing populations help clean up the climate? New research suggests that a 1% increase in the proportion of over-65s delivers a 1.5% cut in carbon dioxide emissions.
Our research metrics have been twisted from their original purpose to determine quality.
Metrics are changing the way research is conducted and funded, and for the worse. They need to be radically revised to measure genuine scientific output.
Two sides of the same coin? Convergence theory explains why the Labor and Liberal parties are often closer together on issues than they like to portray.
Convergence theory – which holds that the main Australian political parties will, over time, converge upon near-identical policy positions on most issues – was on full display during budget week.
As economic growth in China moderates, so will its demand for Australia’s raw materials.
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The mining boom is over and the industry is employing fewer workers -- but the outlook for mining in Australia seems generally good.
Since its 2010-13 ‘partnership’ with the Greens, any failure by Labor to mark its independence has been punished by the electorate.
A political party that isn’t sure what it stands for isn’t really a party.
Medicare and private health insurance partly overlap for hospital entitlements. But nobody can purchase full coverage for health-care costs.
Any new such financing system would need to carefully balance competition and choice, with affordability of coverage and equal access to quality care.
Harvard has around 20 times the investment of Australia’s top-ranked university.
Education Minister Christopher Pyne claimed his plan to deregulate university fees was essential to boosting Australia's place in the rankings. But no student fee rise will give us close to the level of funds of the top ranked unis.
Forensics is a very different business when it comes to technology.
Forensics is changing in the digital age, and the legal system is still catching up in terms of how it uses digital evidence.
UN bodies have consistently found that Australia does not abide by its international human rights obligations, particularly in its treatment of asylum seekers.
Australia’s breaches of international human rights law are increasingly coming to the UN's attention.
The number of refugee deaths at sea is on the rise internationally.
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It is broadly correct to say 1200 asylum seekers died at sea under Labor. Globally and in our region, however, more asylum seekers than ever are leaving their country by boat.
Schools in Canada are less selective, and therefore the system is more equitable.
In most English-speaking countries, students are guaranteed a place at their local public high school. Students also have a right to apply for admission to a school of their choice, such as a private school…
Ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s impeachment is but the latest act in Thailand’s political tragedy.
No-one should be surprised that Thailand’s former prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, has been impeached by the military-appointed National Legislative Assembly. This was one more act in a political tragedy…
Detained asylum seekers on Manus Island are searching for ways to communicate and be heard beyond the faceless inhumane bureaucracy.
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Reports continue to emanate of escalating hunger strikes among asylum seekers at the Manus Island detention centre in protest at the length of their detention and their conditions. The Australian government…
A TV ad featuring an Australian woman travelling to Bali and falling for a Balinese man captures Australia’s love affair with Indonesia.
Recently, Indonesian language has begun to make an appearance in Australian popular media. There is evidence too that, after years of decline, student interest in Indonesian language and studying in Indonesia…
Asylum seekers with an existing mental health condition who receive negative outcomes during the application process are particularly vulnerable.
Barat Ali Batoor
After much controversy, the Senate passed the Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014 late last week. One aspect of the law – the “fast track assessment…