We don’t know if Lyme disease bacteria exists in Australia but we know people are getting sick.
In Australia, only three infectious diseases are known to be transmitted from ticks to humans: Queensland tick typhus; Flinders Island Spotted Fever; and Q fever.
Many people detained on Nauru and Manus Island have suffered excruciating despair and hopelessness.
There must be genuine efforts to ensure transition from uncertainty to permanent status for refugees currently detained offshore as soon as possible.
Ship strikes can be deadly, as shown by this blue whale off the US northwest.
Craig Hayslip/Oregon State Univ./Flickr/Wikimedia Commons
Ships in Australian waters are getting bigger and more numerous all the time. We need a plan to help them avoid crashing into whales and other large sea creatures.
Recent improvements in medical management of HIV infection are not well understood in the legal sector.
HIV diagnosis is devastating for patients and their families. But the infection is no longer a death sentence, and should not be prosecuted as such say experts.
QUT student Calum Thwaites arrives at the Federal Court in Brisbane.
The QUT students case was a litmus case for 18C- and it highlighted its serious flaws.
Seagrass meadows are often overlooked by the public but vital to the ocean ecosystem.
Seagrass is more than just a bit of sea greenery.
There is little regulation about how private schools spend public funding.
Australia’s school funding model provides high levels of public funding to private schools, while also allowing them to charge fees.
Reports often conceal the inflated capital funding that schools receive for things like play areas, swimming pools and gymnasiums.
The claim that school spending has increased is misleading and simplistic.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says China has more freedom to invest in Australia than almost any other country.
Evidence suggests our foreign investment policy has changed over time, but to what end?
Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world and increasingly, we’re monitoring our pets’ behaviour.
Australians are keen pet owners and increasingly, we're monitoring the behaviour of our domestic animals. Webcams, GPS tracking, dogs joining Skype calls ... pets are becoming entangled with technology in myriad ways.
The HI-SEAS mission gives people a chance to practise on Earth what life would be like on Mars. A crew member here from the 2015 mission.
Flickr/University of Hawaii/HI-SEAS
What's the best way to find out how people will cope with the journey to Mars and life on another planet? Lock a test crew up for a year in a simulation right here on Earth.
Cory Bernardi is set to introduce a private member’s bill to reform Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
The Constitution’s external affairs power does not support Section 18C. And the section also impermissibly infringes the implied freedom of political communication.
Faced with the moral conservatism of many Pentecostal-Charismatic congregations, LGBT Christians who stay may live closeted lives.
New research has found that LGBT Christians and pastors alike must grapple with difficult spiritual questions.
Australia already has many plants that can cope with harsh conditions.
Australia's deserts can be a harsh environment but plant life still survives there. So why not use them to develop the next generation of drought-resistant crops?
A screenshot from Counter Strike: Global Offensive.
Nick Xenophon wants to crack down on first-person shooter games, which he claims are a form of gambling. But his stance oversimplifies the way these games are played.
There’s little justification for a blanket ban; all Russian Olympic athletes did not collectively commit a wrong.
The IOC will allow Russian athletes to compete in Rio 2016 if they've been cleared by their respective international sporting federation of doping. Should other countries pull out of the games?
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party is seen as the favourite to secure the final WA Senate position.
One Nation candidate Rod Culleton could win Western Australia's final Senate position, but Section 44 of the Constitution suggests he is ineligible to take his seat.
Three more years for Malcolm Turnbull and the Coalition.
What's in store for key policy areas, from health to education to infrastructure to asylum seekers, under a returned Coalition government?
Birthing on country generally refers to an Aboriginal mother giving birth to her child on the lands of their ancestors.
Where birthing on country is not offered, women leave their families weeks before birth. Or she can choose to give birth in her community without skilled birth attendants, which is risky.
Banksia woodlands are home to thousands of plant species.
The Banksia woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plain are home to thousands of species, many unique. But they are gradually being swallowed by Perth, one of the world's most sprawling cities.