Housing costs are driving poorer families into areas with fewer and fewer opportunities.
The 2016 articulation of an urban agenda assumes building more highways, railways and trams will produce better, more productive cities that somehow give everyone a job.
When does an internship cross the line and become unlawful?
Employers run the risk of breaking the law if they are getting interns to do work that otherwise would be done by paid employees.
There is an unwavering, untested, bipartisan assertion on asylum seekers: no-one will be resettled in Australia, as that will encourage people smugglers.
History suggests that resettling refugees on Nauru and Manus Island in Australia and New Zealand will not enliven people smuggling between Indonesia and Christmas Island.
Fifteen years ago, The Avalanches won four awards at the 15th Annual ARIA Music Awards. How has music changed in a decade and a half?
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The Avalanches' legendary first album, Since I Left You, was a modern classic, built from more than 3500 music samples. Sixteen years on, they're finally releasing a second one - but will it resonate in an age when everyone samples?
Advances in computing make it possible to model the spread of disease on an individual level, in a population of millions of people.
Millions of people die or suffer from infectious diseases each year. Computer modelling can now help simulate the impact of any spreading disease.
We talk about food with moralising – and judgemental – language.
Locavore, freegan, kangatarian, flexitarian ... what we eat has become a moral minefield. Religions have long enforced food-related prohibitions, but in a secular context we could do with a little less moralising at the kitchen table.
Barack Obama has been noted to embody the approach of stoicism.
The ancient philosophy of stoicism can build the qualities needed in our new world of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Labor’s strategy is to portray Bill Shorten as a caring politician, in contrast to an out-of-touch Malcolm Turnbull.
History suggests Labor should be more concerned than it currently appears to be about the effects of its populist rhetoric in mobilising opposition from business.
Pragmatism, not idealism, will give Brazil’s Atlantic forests the best chance of survival.
Across the world, an area bigger than Russia is officially classed as "degraded land". We'll never restore its wildlife to what it was – but there are pragmatic steps we can take to improve things.
How many Australian children know what meat is before it shows up on their plate?
We're a nation of meat eaters but city dwellers may have trouble discussing the origin of a steak with their offspring. And though there are programs teaching children how vegetables grow, there aren’t too many that involve raising an animal for food.
A UAV’s perspective of southern elephant seals (
Mirounga leonina) on Australia’s sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island.
Drones are useful tools for studying and protecting wildlife. But with their growing popularity comes a growing need to make sure they don't harm the animals they're trying to observe.
Australia could take spent fuel from nuclear power stations overseas. This one is in South Korea.
South Australia's Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission has recommended a nuclear waste site for the state.
The entire Senate is up for re-election in a double-dissolution election.
What is a double-dissolution election? How does it differ from an ordinary election? And why the rush after the budget?
There have been number of short-lived Commonwealth funding programs for dental care in the past.
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PolicyCheck unpacks the detail and history of the Coalition's proposed dental health care policy.
DCNS' ‘Shortfin Barracuda’ was the winning design for Australia’s next submarine fleet.
The Conversation’s experts respond to key aspects of the announcement that French company DCNS will be build Australia's next fleet of submarines.
The winning submarine is the French Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A.
There were significant differences between the three submarines on offer in the competitive evaluation process. Here's what made the French sub stand out.
Was Scott Morrison right about the powers of ASIC?
After Labor proposed a royal commission into the banking industry, Treasurer Scott Morrison said the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has all the powers of a royal commission and more. Is that right?
Many mobile phone users now text, or intently perform some other function on their phone, while walking.
Banning pedestrians from using their phones seems a natural extension of the prohibition against mobile phone use while driving.
Same-sex marriage and the Safe Schools programs have been debated in a ‘culture wars’ atmosphere of fear and anxiety.
There have been policy issues in recent Australian history considered too important for playing party politics. Sadly, those days are long gone.
We asked our experts to appraise the political and policy performances of the federal cabinet and shadow cabinet.