The most commonly criticised feature of the bill is the arbitrary maximum period of two years within which a decision about permanent placement has to be made.
One of the state's most significant powers is the ability to remove children from their families. Potential reforms in NSW could expand this already racialised power in frightening ways.
We can make conscious decisions about how we live together in closer proximity that allow for both cultural diversity and a shared sense of community.
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Dallas Rogers speaks with Chris Ho and Edgar Liu about what's going on in apartment buildings as we move up, rather than out, and how we can look after ourselves and each other in culturally diverse, high-density living.
Google employees protest outside the Google Corporate Campus Headquarters in Mountain View, California on November 1, 2018.
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Industrial action by Google workers shows collective representation is needed even in what is meant to be the best company in the world.
Perkembangan teknologi komunikasi telah mengubah bagaimana media diproduksi dan dikonsumsi.
Jika sebuah media ingin berhasil sebagai sebuah produk layanan, satu hal terpenting yang bisa dilakukannya adalah mendengarkan pembacanya.
Shock tactics - such as those used by these vegan activists in Spain - can cause people to switch off.
More and more people are adopting plant-based diets in Australia and other western nations. But also seemingly on the rise is resentment towards vegans and vegetarians.
Barangaroo is a development on Sydney Harbour with strong green credentials, but it’s overwhelmingly the well-off who enjoy the benefits.
Barangaroo is an example of a development with admirable green credentials, but it is also an exclusive precinct that has played a role in displacing the disadvantaged from this part of Sydney.
What is in these products? And if additives don’t affect your health, would you care?
Food fraud, the centuries-old problem that won’t go away.
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Dairy farmers used to put sheep brains and chalk in skim milk to make it look frothier and whiter. Coffee, honey and wine have also been past targets of food fraudsters. Can the law ever keep up?
Safety standards for children’s products aren’t intended to completely prevent injury.
Only a minority of products in Australia actually have mandatory standards applied to them. There is a misconception that product standards can prevent all injuries.
To protect bank customers, the law could mandate behaviour defined in a code of conduct to be strictly liable, and breaches criminal.
Banks have viewed their codes of conduct as non-binding statements of comfort. They need to enforce them under pain of legal penalty.
Few health care professionals are currently tapping into smarthpone data to inform clinical decisions, but it could help.
If you carry your smartphone with you everywhere, then the data it tracks could provide a comprehensive picture of your health – and alert you if it begins to deteriorate.
Long hours make it difficult for carers in the screen industry, and particularly for women.
In a survey of 600 members of the screen industry, 74% of carers felt their caring responsibilities had a negative impact on their career. Of these, 86% were women.
The pay gap between the chief executive and the typical worker in firms such as BHP is about 100 to 1.
Labor wants to require Australia's big companies to report the ratio of their chief executive's pay to their workers' pay. While it might embarrass some, there's no evidence it would make them pay their workers more.
Chinese stamps commemorating Deng Xiaoping, a leader widely regarded to have modernised the country and made it a formidable economic power, 1998.
China is one of the world's largest economies, and Deng Xiaoping was arguably the man who made that happen through his visions of economic reform.
People with disability living in remote communities may receive money for supports, but that doesn’t mean there’s anywhere to purchase them.
The NDIS has good intentions, but its design doesn't seem to support the unique needs of Indigenous people living with a disability, particularly if they're living in remote communities.
Changing the legal definition of employee is not enough to ensure the protection of gig workers into the future.
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The crucial question is not whether gig workers are employees or independent contractors, but what rights they ought to have as contractors.
Speaking in confidence, the members of bank boards are worried.
How can our major institutions, particularly from the banking and finance sector retain their corporate legitimacy? What role should their boards be playing?
The proposed policy doesn’t quite fit all the pieces together.
This year's recycling crisis has prompted the federal government to pledge a move towards an economy in which materials are kept in use for as long as possible. But it still has a long way to go.
Many of Australia’s beaches are now being monitored for shark safety by drones.
Drones are now being used to warn beachgoers about sharks – with groundbreaking accuracy.
Reports this week revealed that ABC Chairman Justin Milne called for a journalist to be fired after receiving complaints from the government.
The ABC Act clearly states the board is duty-bound to 'maintain the independence and integrity' of the broadcaster. Milne's actions appear to have compromised both values.
Trust in media is low in Australia, which is why traditional news values like accuracy and objectivity matter.
New research suggests that when it comes to the media, Australians prize traditional news values more than the accessibility and friendliness that characterise social media.