Under the proposal, irrigators would have to submit a statement that tallies with aerial images of their water use.
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Allegations of water theft have thrown the Murray-Darling Basin Plan into crisis. The solution could involve users declaring their annual water use, subject to random audits - like a tax return.
Sylvester McCoy was Doctor Who in 1987, when Julie Collins appeared as Leader of the Red Kangs in the TV show.
In the late 1980s, a gang of feisty teenage girls briefly helped the good Doctor. But his female companions were still mostly there to show how clever he was.
How should you signal that you don’t want to be disturbed?
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Our workplaces are becoming less formal. But there were some advantages to the old formality.
In some Aboriginal communities, over 50% of adults say they do not have the literacy they need for everyday tasks.
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The children who are least likely to attend school regularly – and do well – grow up in households where the adults themselves have very poor literacy skills.
Gender income inequality in Australia is now considerably above the OECD average of 15.5%.
A 10% reduction in gender income inequality can boost labour productivity by up to 3%, new analysis finds.
John Clarke: he particularly hated management speak.
John's conversations were full of hysterical laughter, and he had a way asking questions that drew extraordinary answers.
Yggdrasil, the tree that supports the world in Norse myth, can be found in America in Neil Gaiman’s mash-up of world religion.
American Gods imagines a US where ancient gods exist at "right angles to reality", asking why we have mythologies and why we need them.
Our views of who’s at risk of post-traumatic stress disorder might cloud who we think deserves to be treated.
When we think of post-traumatic stress disorder, we tend to think of soldiers returning from war. But other sections of society are far more likely to suffer from repeated bouts of trauma.
The camera traps that help monitor animals, so long as the cameras don’t get stolen.
One of the problems with using automatic cameras to track wildlife is that people keep stealing them. And they go to great efforts to do so. But why?
Print magazines are as popular as ever – but why?
Newspapers may be in crisis but magazines are thriving. The growth is in specialist titles - indeed the glossy offerings of Coles and Woolworths now have almost double the readership of the Australian Women's Weekly,
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Myanmar's Rohingya issue has become a full-blown humanitarian crisis that affects all of southeast Asia. ASEAN nations would do well do move beyond their non-interference policy and help.
Citizen science projects are a way to contribute to science from your own backyard.
From birds to bees, the wildlife in your backyard can tell us important things about the health of our environment.
Aldi’s decidedly Germanic expansion strategy continues to eat into Woolworths’ earnings.
For consumers of Australia's retail sector, choice and convenience will continue to emerge. For incumbents unable to deliver on these outcomes, the future is bleak.
Females offend against younger victims and are less discriminant about victim gender.
A key point of difference between male and female sexual abusers of children is in the power relationship with their victims.
A tourist market in Ivory Coast. Africa needs to harness its rich cultural and linguistic diversity to drive its development.
One of the ways by which Africa can overcome problems of underdevelopment is by using its abundant linguistic and cultural resources.
Dingoes are often promoted as a solution to Australia’s species conservation problems.
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The notion of using dingoes to protect Australia's wildlife is based on wolves in the US, but research cast doubts on the link.
Australia: there’s a lot of it to look after.
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Australia is wealthy, but its huge size and relatively small rural economy mean we'll have to dig deep to find the cash needed to safeguard our environment.
Researchers have examined whether it is possible to increase empathy through formal training.
Some people are good at understanding the emotions of others but not at feeling them or commenting on them. So can we teach people the parts they lack?
Sulphur-crested cockatoos form long-term pair bonds, perhaps explaining their emotional intelligence.
For a long time it was not believed that animals were even capable of feeling pain, let alone complex emotions. We now know that is far from the truth.
China’s capacity to participate in Arctic affairs is still weak.
China has been very quiet in negotiations over fisheries regulations for the central Arctic Ocean. Why is the country's behaviour there so dramatically different from what it pursues in Antarctica?