There are some good reasons why the RBA should retain its flexibility in managing inflation.
The past century hasn’t seen the worst drought that Australia’s climate can throw at us.
A new millennium-long record reveals that Australia has suffered longer droughts and wet periods than those recorded in the past century's weather observations.
The RBA noted in 2003 that housing was a potential source of risk for the economy.
A 2014 memo from the RBA is being used like a political football in the current election campaign, but this was never its intended purpose.
Government policy signals are encouraging more Australians to borrow more money for property.
The budget seems to be saying to people with taxable incomes of less than $80,000 – if you want to pay less tax, get yourself a negatively-geared property investment.
Not just another budget, but not a plan either.
An ideological view and a powerful lobby group stopped the government from delivering a better budget.
The International Monetary Fund estimates that Australia’s houses are overvalued by around 10%.
Ballooning borrowing to invest in the housing market is impeding investment in the real economy, holding back investment in skills and jobs, and driving up inequality.
On April 28 1996, 28-year-old Martin Bryant murdered 35 people and injured 23 others at, and in the vicinity of, Port Arthur.
How Bryant and, more importantly, the dead and survivors of the massacre are remembered is vital if we're to appreciate the impact of it.
Tasmania’s bushfires damaged pristine bushland and stretched emergency services to the limit.
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This summer has seen Tasmania suffer through drought, bushfires, floods and the worst marine heatwave on record. Is this what life under a climate-changed future will be like?
Governments need to put youth at the forefront of policy making.
Poor economic performance and high levels of skilled migration are standing in the way of young Australians entering the labour market for the first time.
Prohibiting tobacco won’t work.
The decision to smoke should be left up to people themselves, not the generations that came before them.
The Earth’s surface is in a constant state of motion, before, during and after earthquakes.
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The earth around you might seem static but it's constantly in motion. We need to track this motion in fine detail if we're to keep our GPS networks up to date.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the COAG meeting with state and territory premiers and treasurers.
Giving states the power to levy income tax won't make up for the shortfall in health and education funding and it could mean poorer states are worse off.
The health sector can learn from other industries that turn to operations research to fix everyday challenges.
Fixing the hospital system is not just a matter of more funding. Hospitals need to work smarter, not harder.
Where the ice meets the sea: Antarctica’s ice shelves play a key role in how fast ice sheets melt.
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As the world warms, Antarctica's melting ice will likely reach the point of no return.
Employees who chose to be emotionally manipulative may also have high emotional intelligence.
Employees who admitted to being emotionally manipulative in a survey may also be perceived as being emotionally intelligent in their workplaces, a study has found.
Does freedom of speech benefit any group of society more than another?
Those who benefit from, and defend, freedom of speech are often those who already enjoy the most privilege in society.
An indigenous ranger burns vegetation in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.
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European invasion completely disrupted the way aboriginal Australians managed fire. Learning from Australia's first people could help us fight fires in the future.
The housing problems experienced by low-income households are a symptom of entrenched inequality within Australia.
Government policy has not, on the whole, failed. It has been a huge success insofar as protecting the opportunities for speculative investment and profit for homeowners and private landlords.
Les cèdres de Tasmanie sont tout particulièrement vulnérables au feu.
Sur l’île australienne, des incendies de brousse particulièrement nombreux et violents menacent la flore exceptionnelle des zones naturelles classées.
Fighting fires in remote wilderness requires a different way of thinking.
Fires in Tasmania have burnt thousands of hectares of wilderness. Other remote fires it's better to put them out quickly.