It’s pretty astounding to know we don’t know how many people die in our hospitals.
Information on hospital deaths hasn't always been so hard to find. Back in the 1860s Melbourne's one hospital published regular stats on the number of patients dying.
The study examined how women experienced financial abuse across cultures.
A study finds financial abuse can be disguised as care and is tied into social values of the Anglo-Celtic and Indian communities.
The Volkswagen emissions scandal reveals a lot about corporate governance in different countries.
The Volkswagen emissions scandal highlights the benefits of the German corporate governance system, as well as the worst of lobbying around the world.
If you’re feeling hot this summer, consider a retrofit.
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Before you spend up on heating and cooling, here are a few simple retrofits to try first.
Sussan Ley maintains that her entitlement claims were within the rules.
Malcolm Turnbull has announced major changes to the parliamentary entitlements system, modelled on the UK's system of vetting MPs' expenses.
Pets suffer just as badly as their humans in the heat.
As the weather heats up, Australian households won’t just be cranking up the air conditioning for themselves. Some households will also be turning it on for their dogs or cats.
A Bowie mural in Brixton, London.
Amid the tribute concerts and outpourings of sadness on the anniversary of Bowie's death, we should be wary of mythologising him.
Sussan Ley was under pressure to resign following claims she misused her travel entitlements and breached the ministerial standards.
It is unclear whether stood-aside minister Sussan Ley has breached the ministerial standards over her travel expenses. And the rules on claiming entitlements are unclear and very complex.
Handcuffs not recommended: Harry Houdini dives into the Yarra in 1910.
State Library of Victoria/W. G. Alma conjuring collection
Why don’t more of Australia’s urban residents swim in city rivers? History provides a guide to reclaiming these important urban assets as public spaces.
The election of a reality TV star as president crosses a new frontier.
No longer a smoke-and-mirrors spectacle enjoyed on a grand scale, entertainment is now indivisible from our daily life. From cricket matches to blockbuster shows, amusement is the name of the game.
MYEFO is more positive about the 2016-17 budget bottom line than previous expectations. However, projections over the forward estimates have worsened.
While MYEFO discussion focuses on the budget deficit, experts say it also serves as a stark reminder of the need for bigger policy ideas in Canberra.
Cities today are flooded with light and we seldom think of its harmful impacts on the natural world.
Urban greening programs need to consider the harmful impacts of artificial lighting on ecosystems. Fortunately, we can do a lot to create more biosensitive lighting.
How harmful are big governments?
That "big government" hurts growth has become received wisdom, leading many countries to austerity policies. New research shows it is a lot more complicated than that.
Pornography has been prescribed to treat 'sexual disfunction' for decades. Yet research shows that the vast majority of mainstream commercial porn is violent and degrading to women.
Renowned economist Thomas Schelling celebrates winning the 2005 Nobel Prize in Economics.
Nobel Prize winner Thomas Schelling will be recognised for his little-known comments that sparked behavioural economics.
Australia’s electricity network needs reform to reduce carbon emissions.
The electricity network can be used proactively to meet Australia's climate and renewable energy targets.
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Australia's decision to take another step back from international broadcasting by ceasing its far reaching border crossing shortwave radio services has raised questions about who will fill the void.
Different foods have different amounts of greenhouse gases embedded in their production.
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The food we eat is responsible for almost a third of our global carbon footprint.
Tile detail of RMIT’s Building 8, one of Peter Corrigan’s most famous designs.
Peter Corrigan, one of Australia's most influential architects, died last week. A man of endless enthusiasm and curiosity, he shaped Melbourne's cityscape and influenced a generation of architects.
Some low income families as part of the study reported not having enough money to feed themselves as well as their children.
New research shows the harsh realities of getting by on a low income and highlights how help for those doing it tough needs to change.