And if you wait too long to survey a community, it can end up being too be too late to turn the tide of opinion.
'Social licence to operate' is a term describing how much community support a project or company has. As the Northern Rivers CSG experience shows, failing to get it can have costly impacts for firms.
In a 2016 ABS survey, one in two women reported having experienced sexual harassment, but 90% of them did not contact the police.
Cindy Zhi/The Conversation NY-BD-CC
Critics say that #MeToo has turned the legal principle of innocent until proven guilty on its head, but such comments privilege the rights of perpetrators over justice for victims.
Chadwick Boseman (T'Challa ) and Lupita Nyong'o (Nakia) in Black Panther (2018). In the film, natural hair is used as a social identifier.
Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures
Stigma about black or African hair reflects deep-seated politics around race and history.
Despite the Federal Government’s teacher education reforms and the push for evidence-based teaching, less than 2% of ARC research funding is directed to educational research.
Within a little more than a decade following the 1978 riot, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival and Parade nourished the emergence of a budding gay and lesbian tourism industry.
If intelligently managed, festivals attract substantial numbers of LGBT tourists to regional and rural destinations, injecting additional income into the local economies.
Gamblers feel connected to the machine as hospitality keeps them playing for longer.
Pokies companies want to keep their customers "in the zone", that's why they spend so much to keep tabs on them.
Researchers studied reef sands at Heron Island, Hawaii, Bermuda and Tetiaroa. In this photo, white areas show the predominance of sand on reefs.
Southern Cross University
Ocean acidification poses an increasing threat to the sediments that form the framework of coral reefs - within around 30 years, these carbonate sands may no longer be able to form.
Schoolies and New Year’s Eve see high visitor numbers in tourist spots like Byron Bay.
So-called 'party' towns like Byron Bay attract huge numbers of visitors for schoolies weeks and New Year's Eve – but sometimes at high cost to the young people who live there.
The ingredients of incense were detailed in the Old Testament.
The four ingredients for holy incense are listed in the Old Testament, but there was much debate over the origin of one of them -- onycha. Scientists think they've now confirmed the source.
There are 68 regional campuses in total, located in every state and territory, with the exception of the ACT.
Southern Cross University
Australia's regional universities face many challenges that need to be addressed at a national level if we're going to keep feeling the economic benefit from agriculture we felt last financial year.
There were tearful scenes in the Victorian upper house after the conscience vote on the assisted dying bill.
Doctors often overestimate the time a patient has left to live. In the case of Victoria's assisted dying bill, an optimistic prediction could deny the patient the peaceful death they deserve.
Teaching-focused academics are often considered to be “lesser” academics.
Cultural bias against teaching-only academics will see them get the axe in funding cuts to higher education.
Older women valued a secure private space of their own with, ideally, a small garden.
Finding secure affordable housing is a problem for older women across Australia. But new research finds women in regional areas have different priorities from those in the cities.
This court case has potential ramifications for every poker machine in Australia.
A court case against a poker machine manufacturer and casino operator could set a precedent for every poker machine in Australia.
Hedonism isn’t all about sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. It can be about savouring the pleasure in a cup of tea at the end of a hard day.
Savouring the pleasures in life is linked to better health and well-being. And no, that doesn't necessarily mean binge drinking or all-night wild parties.
The homeless camp in Martin Place, Sydney, is an uncomfortable reminder of a deeper systemic crisis.
The Martin Place camp and others like it should make us uncomfortable. We live in a system that creates and tolerates homelessness.
Some people with disabilities may not require government supports, meaning they wouldn’t have been counted as having a disability in the Census.
The census needs to count people who identify as having a disability, as well as those who require government support.
Pokie losses in Australia’s pubs and clubs increased fourfold between 1990 and 2000.
While fewer people are gambling on the pokies, the amount of money lost per gambler has remained relatively constant over time.
Just like us, but different: recently-discovered
Homo sapiens fossils have a modern face, but an ancient brain case.
Philipp Gunz, MPI EVA Leipzig
New paired research papers have pushed back by 100,000 years the time frame in which humans (Homo sapiens) are thought to have lived in Africa.
Author Nikki Gemmell speaking on Q&A.
During a discussion on Q&A, author Nikki Gemmell said 80% of Australians and up to 70% of Catholics and Anglicans support euthanasia laws. Is that right?