Jim Carrey might mean well, but his Twitter rants against vaccines only make him look dumb.
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Jim Carrey's anti-vaccination tweets employ a number of techniques used by anti-science cranks. By understanding them, we can shield ourselves from well-intentioned but ill-informed voices.
A newly confident Greece could find a path to stability.
Greece could default and refuse to leave the eurozone - it all comes down to what the European Central Bank does next.
Yirrkala Bark Petition 1963.
Today’s summit hosted by the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader with Aboriginal leaders from across Australia to discuss constitutional recognition is brimming with potential significance. Is it a turning…
Since the last time we were together inside his prison lodgings at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, a few things have changed. Julian Assange has grown a beard, looks more pallid and pauses when I ask…
The young aristocrat Alexis de Tocqueville, sketch by an unknown artist.
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University
To mark Independence Day, an Australian perspective on why - 180 years on - Alexis de Tocqueville's classic political text is a must-read.
An historian reading the government White Paper on developing northern Australia will realise we’re actually heading all the way back to the 1890s.
The federal government's recent White Paper on developing northern Australia has disturbing echoes of the 1890s, a time when unbridled capitalism and indentured labour developed the North.
Joe Hockey’s successful defamation case against Fairfax Media raises questions about the extent to which politicians should be able to sue in relation to publications about their public conduct.
Hockey v Fairfax illustrates that recent legal and technological developments still pose challenges for defamation law, which has not been reformed to keep pace with these changes.
Religions can promote division and inequality in our societies.
Fundamentalists become warriors with a simple message of salvation that is found in a naïve and literal interpretation of ancient, sacred texts.
Angus Young is still touring the “Australian Sound” with AC/DC.
Blood + Thunder offers an entertaining insight into the development of the "Australian Sound" – but why do the producers fail to acknowledge the influence on the blues on that sound?
Australia is today among the world’s healthiest and safest nations, thanks to our “nanny state”.
Liberal Democratic senator David Leyonhjelm is a conviction libertarian. He loathes excess government regulation, bureaucracy and taxes. He’d also like to see Australians able to carry concealed weapons…
For 20 years archaeologists from the university have been working in Cyprus.
University of Sydney Paphos excavation project.
One of the by-products of field projects working in the same area over a prolonged period of time is the realisation that the team makes an enduring contribution to the local community.
Karen Nettleton, whose daughter and grandchildren are currently in Syria, has a made a public plea for her family to be allowed to return to Australia.
Whatever we think of the family of foreign fighter Khaled Sharrouf or their circumstances, they enjoy the right to return on the same footing as every other Australian citizen.
Last week’s visit to Berlin, peppered by many intensely interesting conversations, convinced me of one thing: Europe is beginning to resemble a political madhouse. Jan Zielonka’s brief but brilliant Is…
In a Fairfax newspapers opinion piece, Mr Hunt said the carbon tax cost just over $1300 a tonne for the emissions reduced.
AAP Image/Mick Tsikas
The carbon tax was not a cost or "slug" on the economy -- it raised revenue that could be used elsewhere in the economy for public infrastructure or to allow cuts to more economically harmful taxes.
Hands up in the 15M movement in Madrid.
Candidates from Spain's '15M' movement – born of mass protests in 2011 – have responded in various ways to the dilemma that being elected creates for those wishing to overturn the 'old politics'.
The government’s bill introduces three means for revoking a dual national’s Australian citizenship under amendments to the Australian Citizenship Act.
Should the bill be enacted in its current form, Australian citizenship will be able to be stripped from dual nationals by bureaucratic determination for conduct that is defined with reference to the criminal law.
Fiscal policy can take up where monetary policy leaves off.
Comments by RBA Governor Glenn Stevens that monetary policy in the form of lower interest rates may have reached its limits, needs to prompt debate on fiscal policy taking over.
Housing has become just another investment asset - but the consequences are unsettling.
The widening cracks in Australia’s housing system can no longer be concealed. Seven leading Australian academics say this 10 point plan can help fix housing affordability.
Never mind, we’ve paid some Indians to be green on our behalf.
Should solving global warming be left to market forces or not? Our politicians can't make up their minds.
NSW Premier Mike Baird applauds Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian – but has her first budget hit the mark?
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Gladys Berejiklian's first budget as NSW Treasurer includes some infrastructure goodies but misses an opportunity to reduce the state's reliance on property taxes.