Getting a job as a young person can be like a game of snakes and ladders.
Youth unemployment is a problem of demand. Cutting welfare payments merely punishes those young people who are most vulnerable to poverty.
Flickr Matt Popovich.
The time has come for Australia to provide for same-sex marriages. This would reflect countries with which we compare ourselves, and acknowledge the contemporary meaning of marriage.
Swap the bacon for something a little healthier.
It is easy to fall into the trap of giving people you love lots of ultra-processed, high kilojoule, nutrient-poor foods because they like them. But immediate pleasure comes at a cost.
The format of the ABC program Recognition: Yes or No? is problematic, and the choice of voices particularly so.
The ABC has missed a rare opportunity to deeply engage with the diversity of views among Indigenous Australians about whether and how they should be 'recognised' in the Constitution.
Having an advance care directive ensures your values and wishes are known, even beyond a time when you can no longer speak for yourself.
At least one-third of patients receive non-beneficial treatments at the end of their life. Having a good advance care directive that you share with others helps them know and respect your wishes.
One of the most famous attempted rapes in literature: the nymph Daphne turns into a tree to escape the god Apollo.
Apollo chasing Daphne, Cornelis de Vos, 1630.
There are calls for Ovid's Metamorphoses to be taught with a trigger warning. This 15-book epic is a rollercoaster of a read, with moments of both delicious joy and abject depravity. Like much great art, it was not created to please.
Connecting renewable energy across Australia will help generate reliable electricity.
Wind farm image from www.shutterstock.com
We always hear that renewable energy is getting cheaper, but what does that really mean?
A serendipitous discovery that saves millions of lives and garnered two Nobel prizes.
The serendipitous discovery of penicillin is a testament to the importance of observation.
Donald Trump has enacted the paranoid style, giving its ideas a platform and legitimacy, in his presidential campaign.
How does Donald Trump get away with the type of campaign he’s running? Why, if he’s a narcissistic demagogue, has he found an audience who respond to his politics?
Your child will receive a meningococcus vaccine, but it doesn’t cover all the subtypes.
Stories of meningococcal outbreaks tell us it's that season again. But what is meningococcal, why does it occur in seasons, and why does it strike fear into the hearts of so many?
Rating teachers doesn’t necessarily improve quality.
There is little evidence that external inspections and evaluation measures produce better teachers.
People protesting offshore detention of asylum seekers interrupted Malcolm Turnbull’s speech to CEDA on Wednesday.
It has taken more than three months for the Australian and PNG governments to jointly announce the Manus Island detention centre will close. But the detainees’ fate is now even more uncertain.
Scientists are excited they’ve found potential new antibiotics – in us.
Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928 and revolutionised the treatment of bacterial infections. Ever since then we have been searching for new antibiotics.
Dolly photograph from Scottish National Museum.
Dolly, the world’s most famous and controversial sheep, was born twenty years ago – on July 5, 1996 to be precise. She was the first mammal to enter the world following a process of reproductive cloning…
A satellite image of the 2004 boxing day tsunami striking the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka. Could a similar tsunami hit Australia?
Australia is surrounded by ocean, so is not immune to the effects of tsunamis. But how significant is the risk?
Australia has had enough reports on innovation. It’s time for NSW to “do innovation”.
Lenny K Photography/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/lennykphotography/
Here are five ways to strengthen innovation in NSW, so that all the talk of "being innovative" translates to actually "doing innovation" into the future.
Since the 1960s, environmentalism in Australia has largely focused on defending “wilderness”.
Since the 1960s, environmentalism in Australia has largely focused on defending "wilderness". However, protected areas in themselves are not stemming the destruction of biodiversity.
An emerging model for enabling people with disability to live to full capacity is through the use of social impact bonds.
Healthy, engaged people and communities will be crucial for a prosperous future for New South Wales. Here are four areas of policy focus that will help achieve that.
Indonesia is in the midst of another round of executions.
Advocacy efforts are easier to dismiss when they are seen to reflect vested interests more than principled foundations.
Normal pee should be the colour of straw.
Beetroot, artificial colours, vitamin supplements, medications and illnesses can change the colour of your urine or bowel motions.