Those opposed to forced municipal mergers have reason to be sceptical of NSW Premier Mike Baird’s promises that it will improve councils' performance.
If forced amalgamations proceed, we may well see hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer and ratepayer funds squandered simply because policymakers preferred dogma to empirical evidence.
The world can only expect more attacks such that that took place in Brussels, as Islamic State continues to decline and lash out.
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Although not an intuitive conclusion, the Brussels attacks are actually indicative of Islamic State's growing decline and desperation.
Friend or foe? Birds that eat almonds can also help clear away unharvested nuts from the tree.
It’s hard to keep wild animals out of farms. Birds, mammals and insects all affect crop yields, in positive ways (such as flies pollinating flowers) and negative ones (such as when birds damage fruit…
The Spangled Drongo is a frequent mimic.
Australian birds are arguably among the smartest in the world, displaying complex behaviours comparable to those observed in great apes.
Annoying, right? A juvenile Noisy Miner.
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There are birds we love to hate, such as the Noisy Miner. But much of the annoying behaviour on show may be a result of human-induced changes to habitats.
It couldn’t get worse, could it?
Shareholders should be worried about how much it's costing Woolworths to run its business.
Not everyone gets the corner office.
The fact that ambition, competence and interpersonal skills are not well correlated could explain why many managers struggle.
A hoverfly on a sunflower.
Next time you reach for the honey, spare a thought for the other vital insects that pollinate our crops.
The massive financial and managerial distraction created by Masters has left Woolworths little time and money to focus on its core grocery business.
L'ambassade de l'Arabie Saoudite a été prise d'assaut à Téhéran.
Riyad vient d’exécuter 47 personnes, dont un dignitaire chiite, provoquant la colère de l’Iran. Mais ces châtiments en cascade sont aussi et surtout destinés à maintenir la férule de la monarchie.
It’s time to get to grips with this classic of world literature.
José María Pérez Nuñez
In the first of a new series of articles offering perspective and analysis of classic works of literature we look at Moby-Dick by Herman Melville.
Saudi Arabia’s execution of 47 people has prompted global protests.
The executions on the weekend are notable for the sheer number of people killed. However, they maintain a policy of political crackdown that was reinvigorated in Saudi Arabia during the Arab Spring.
To decarbonise the electricity sector, Australia could increase the volume of renewables while closing old fossil fuel power stations.
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Under the Paris climate agreement, Australia has stated that it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. How will we achieve this?
Can Australians stomach a small, scientifically-sound whale harvest?
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The clash between Australia and Japan over whaling is undermining science-based environmental law.
Even Tyrannosaurus rex had to deal with the smaller irritations in life.
They might have ruled the world for millions of years but even dinosaurs can play host to parasites.
Australia recently extend its bombing missions in the Middle East to the skies over Syria.
Will the terror attacks in Paris impact on Australia's commitment to coalition military efforts to stop the spread of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria?
China’s higher education sector is gaining strength. Should we be worried?
Chinese universities have started to rise up the world university rankings, increase their investment in research and grow their numbers of international student. Should Australia be worried?
Small birds such as this superb fairy-wren can benefit from a bird-friendly garden.
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Some Australian birds are pushing out other species, and even damaging trees. The good news is we can help stop the spread of these birds, by putting native plants in our gardens.
Emotional abuse was the most common form of abuse.
Not only are women in regional and rural areas more likely to experience partner violence than their city counterparts, it's more difficult to leave and re-establish a new life.
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Can screen adaptations of literary classics ever be as good as the source text? Well, yes. As the new ABC miniseries The Beautiful Lie shows, they can explore timeless themes in unpredictable and engaging ways.