Tony Abbott sought to rule rather than govern, in much the same way that Kevin Rudd did. Both unravelled.
Only when systems change and cultural adjustments occur will the political class return to governing rather than ruling.
Diprotodon, the largest ever marsupial, probably died out at human hands.
Peter Murray (courtesy of Chris Johnson)
What killed off Australia's giant wombats and other megafauna? New dating once again points the finger at human hunters, rather than abrupt changes to the climate.
Coalition senator Eric Abetz claims he and other Liberal MPs do not have to respect the result of a coming plebiscite on same-sex marriage.
It is easy to envisage a number of arguments that MPs might use in an attempt to justify ignoring the result of a same-sex marriage plebiscite and voting contrary to its result.
Those of us who consume honey as a tastier alternative to refined sugar would have been disturbed to see headlines proclaiming Australian honey could be making us sick. Why, you might wonder, could this…
For most of us, food is more than fuel, it is a source of delight and an important part of healthy living. Also for most of us, our food must travel substantial distances from producer to our plate, with…
Women worry about vaccines while pregnant, but with some it’s safer than not doing it.
Pregnancy can be a confusing time, raising a number of questions for women. This includes what vaccines to have and which to avoid.
Trophy hunting could keep conservation in business.
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The death of Cecil the lion ignited furious debate over trophy hunting in 2015. But conservationists argue that it's a necessary evil.
Sun up, or sun down? When will results from exercise be better?
The timing of exercise can have a meaningful influence on the quality of training and recovery, especially for athletes.
While not much spectacular is going on in the Southern Hemisphere skies, Christmas day will see the first Christmas Full Moon for 38 years and Mars and bright star Spica close in the morning skies. Early…
Even oil and gas companies have now started calling for a global carbon tax.
Even oil companies have started asking for a price on carbon, not least because it could help them avoid other, stricter forms of regulation.
The most concerning finding was leopard DNA.
Making sure that a tablet claiming to have 500 mg of paracetamol really does contain 500 mg of paracetamol is relatively easy. But how do you test for herbs?
More women suffer pain from almost all afflictions, and we still don’t understand why.
More women than men suffer from chronic pain, that is, pain that persists for more than six months. In addition, much of this pain remains undiagnosed or untreated.
Naomi Klein at the Canadian launch of her Leap Manifesto in September.
Naomi Klein has told the sidelines of the Paris climate talks that real climate action can't be delivered without social justice too.
There will likely be increased concerns around climate protests in Paris, such as this one in London in 2014.
The Paris climate talks will now take place within a state of emergency that is threatening to limit public participation.
A digitally integrated identity card with comprehensive security could simplify many transactions with government and business.
It's time to bring our digital identity up to date with other developed nations. That might even mean a unified digital identity card with top notch security and privacy protections.
Cities are places of integration, intense population pressures, migration flows, cultural interactions and variations in socio-economic positioning and values. But what makes them liveable?
A liveable city has become the highest form of praise we can give to a city space. But we need to discuss what that means and who gets to participate in the process of governing and shaping a city.
The Opposition’s safeguards for workers under the China Australia free trade agreement have probably got the deal over the line.
Labor's proposals designed to "safeguard" Australian workers under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) are a step in the right direction but may be insufficient.
Tuna and other top predators could run out of food in warming seas.
Tuna image from www.shutterstock.com
Over the past five years we've seen a significant increase in research on ocean acidification and warming seas, and their effect on marine life. Overall, unfortunately, the news is not good.
Tallinn might be a medieval town, but it’s governed via 21st century means.
Since independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Estonia has leapt ahead in the adoption of digital technology. Australia could learn a lot from Estonia in terms of e-government.
There is little hard data on whether taking ibuprofen with food prevents gastric damage.
It's long been thought anti-inflammatory painkillers need to be taken with food to protect the stomach. But a handbook for doctors has recently moved away from this advice.