Ideally, all states and territories would have consistent laws based on Victorian legislation.
Abortion is a safe medical procedure, yet half of Australian women may have difficulty accessing a termination because they live in states and territories that designate it a crime.
Kevin Rudd is reportedly campaigning to take over as UN secretary-general when Ban Ki-moon’s term expires in 2016.
If history is a guide, the next UN secretary-general will be from Eastern Europe, working in their national government, and with strong foreign service experience.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull understands innovation, but the government still lacks a coherent innovation plan.
A coherent innovation policy requires a focus on fostering networks, and learning from economies similar to ours.
Police in NSW will soon be equipped with body cameras – as will their counterparts on Queensland’s Gold Coast in domestic violence incidents.
Police-worn body cameras could be a helpful tool for law enforcement in cases involving domestic violence. But they could also have unintended consequences.
Businesses should definitely be involved in sustainable development, but watch out for ‘greenwash’.
Have the Sustainable Development Goals been co-opted by big business?
Eleven million cars worldwide could be affected by the scandal.
Volkswagen's cheating allowed its vehicles to pass rigorous emissions testing, giving customers maximum driving performance at the cost of the environment and our health.
Improving maternal mortality and ending preventable deaths in children are some of the health targets in the Sustainable Development Goals.
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Health has secured its place as one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. But without clear mechanisms to report, finance or engage other sectors, could more end up as less?
Nitrogen pollution is one of the factors driving outbreaks of crown-of-thorns - giant starfish that devour the reef.
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The latest Great Barrier Reef report shows some improvements to water quality over the past five years, but there's still a lot to do on one particular problem: nitrogen.
What does telling the story of the long-running conflict in the Congo through the lens of Verdi’s Macbeth teach us? Owen Metsileng and Nobulumko Mngxek in Macbeth.
by Nicky Newman
Brett Bailey's Macbeth at Brisbane Festival is a powerful production that relocates Verdi's opera (based on Shakespeare’s play) to the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Ugandans living in rural areas are being driven off their land by corporations developing tree plantations to offset their carbon footprint.
Far from the expected development, forestry plantations and other carbon market initiatives in Uganda have severely compromised ecologies and livelihoods of the local people.
Chief Executive and Publisher of Melbourne University Press, Louise Adler, will chair the new book council.
The Book Council of Australia began to take shape last week when MUP director Louise Adler was announced as its chair. But what is its purpose, and how will it embrace the industry's new voices?
There are still barriers to overcome to keep more women in science.
What is it like to be a woman working in the sciences? While there are hurdles to overcome, there are joys as well. The new SAGE initiative hopes to make STEM even more amenable to women.
Not all elderly Chinese people live with their children.
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When you scrape below the surface it's not hard to see that 'culture' is the wrong answer to almost every question.
Malcolm Turnbull (right) will replace Tony Abbott (left) as Australia’s prime minister after a partyroom spill.
The Conversation's experts react to Malcolm Turnbull's defeat of Tony Abbott in a ballot for the Liberal Party leadership.
Insufficient responses to pleas for help and protection by police is a factor contributing to domestic violence-related deaths.
Can the Queensland government's domestic violence reforms address the heightened risk involved in leaving an abusive or controlling partner?
Republican frontrunner Donald Trump on the campaign trail.
Donald Trump provoked the ire of REM frontman Michael Stipe this week after he played an REM hit on the campaign trail. In this push-pull between politicians and musicians, let's revisit the music.
Who ya gonna call? The World Health Organization has been criticised for its poor response to last year’s Ebola outbreak.
William Isdale speaks with Lawrence Gostin about the lessons we can learn from the global response to last year's Ebola outbreak and the future of global health.
Roosters (here playing against the Rabbitohs in Sydney last Friday) are odds-on favourite to win this year’s grand final. But are they the really the best team to take out the 2015 title?
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Is it age or experience that counts in the teams challenging for this years's NRL Grand Final? Or do we need to look deeper into the game statistics?
Iraqis have taken to the streets recently to demand their government tackle the corruption endemic to its political system.
Is serious reform to stamp out political corruption in Iraq even possible given inevitable opposition from those with a vested interest in the status quo?
Hearing HITnRUN as a ‘concept album’ rather than a collection of tracks, gives a different feel to the more awkward moments.
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For some, this album will be a good-natured happy-go-funky tour through Prince’s famously diverse stylistic interests. Others will find some of the tracks poorly executed, or a bit passé.