Cyanobacterial blooms and algae are common in water bodies around the world. However, Australia is yet to monitor the growth of neurotoxins in our algae.
A toxic chemical produced by algae and linked to motor neuron disease has been detected in NSW rivers. Its presence - long suspected but now confirmed - could be linked to a disease hotspot in the Riverina.
With the second and third releases of ATO tax transparency data, the was no reaction from the financial markets at all, not even for those firms included in the disclosures.
Mandatory tax return disclosures for large companies were designed to increase public awareness of tax avoidance - but a new study reveals they may not work.
Females who remain unidentified at the time of burial are named ‘Jane Doe’.
We're at the point in DNA technology where individuals who – having parted with $99 and a small vial of saliva – may suddenly find themselves in a criminal investigation.
Caring for a friend or family member can be highly challenging.
The UK has one of the most developed palliative care services in the world, yet people still miss out.
A group of young Asian men play basketball in the evening at Prince Alfred Park, Sydney.
Casual sport can help communities thrive. But for many of Australia's most marginal communities, it's becoming harder to find a place to play.
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China new cleanliness standards for the recyclable materials it imports are so stringent that they are tantamount to a total ban. Australian councils are now in crisis mode as the rubbish piles up.
Businesses who pay dividends to shareholders with tax credits attached pay more tax, new research finds.
Being a property investor or house hunter appears to make Sydneysiders more supportive of foreign investment in residential real estate.
You'd perhaps expect property investors not to mind foreign investors who might push up prices. More surprisingly, house hunters are also more supportive than those who are not looking to buy.
Visible mending places clothing at the centre of a protest movement.
Sewers with attitude are tackling fast fashion one stitch at a time.
Kurt Fearnley carrying the baton ahead of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
New Queensland trains and the treatment of athletes on planes show progress on disability discrimination hasn't extended beyond the Games.
AGL has promised to replace the power generated by Liddell with a mix of other sources.
Government pressure on AGL to keep its Liddell power plant open past 2022 ignores the sensible, cost-effective plan to replace it.
The cost of incarceration of Indigenous Australians in 2016 was estimated at A$3.9 billion.
Fines for minor infringements and offensive language crimes are among laws that create a cycle of poverty and disadvantage for Indigenous Australians.
Personal data has been dubbed the “new oil”, and data brokers are very efficient miners.
Third party data brokers trade in personal information and the industry is worth billions. But the activities of these companies remain largely invisible. It's time to shine a light.
A large slab of defamation action in Australia is now disputes between individuals over comments posted online, rather than high-profile actions like Rebel Wilson’s.
A trend of defamation cases going digital has led to a review of defamation law in New South Wales.
Complementary medicine practitioners could prove to be a valuable source of information about vaccinations.
Australian parents who visit complementary health practitioners are less likely to vaccinate their kids. But could these practitioners be best placed to educate sceptical parents about vaccination?
Exordium Apartments at Zetland, built by City West Housing, provide affordable, high-quality housing to key workers within the City of Sydney.
If local government is to deliver affordable housing, state and federal governments must assist. Even councils as powerful and well resourced as the City of Sydney cannot do it by themselves.
Recent discussions about sexual harassment are both too much about sex and not enough.
#MeToo drew attention to sexual harassment in the workplace. But we are still overlooking other forms of discrimination and the insidious impact of sexual harassment on women's identities.
State curricula articulate principles of respect and ethics in relationships, but some don’t use the word ‘consent’.
The #MeToo movement has sparked discussions about appropriate sexual behaviour that teachers can build on in sexual education.
The detail of the government’s reforms remains elusive four months after commissioners Margaret White and Mick Gooda handed down their final report.
Implementing the Don Dale royal commission's recommendations will test the capacity to redress the 'systemic and shocking failures' it identified.
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Like most forms of protest, the #MeToo movement offers evidence of problems but fails to tackle the broader causes and how to fix them.