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The makers of GPS devices are among the many factors and actors whose role in road safety has not been fully considered. flickr/Schu

The ‘fatal five’ causes of road trauma: who’s in control?

The focus is on reducing the “fatal five” behaviours that cause road trauma: speeding, drink and drug driving, not wearing seatbelts, fatigue and driving while distracted.
Research found children with autism understand social cues when prompted, but they usually choose not to interact. from

Children with autism shouldn’t be forced to socialise

People with autism spectrum disorder don't get the same benefits from socialising with other people. So why force them to with methods that aren't true to life anyway?
You don’t share your phone with strangers Mum, so I’m not sharing my doll with her. from

Should we teach our children to share? Or let nature take its course?

Should we teach our kids to share their things considering adults don't share their possessions? Shouldn't kids be taught not to use things that aren't theirs? Maybe we should just let them figure things out for themselves.
A lifejacket won’t save your life if you are not wearing it, says NSW Martime. But any accident investigation needs to ask more than just why a lifejacket was not being worn. Flickr/NSW Maritime

Accident prevention should look at the big picture of what went wrong

When accidents happen we need to look at the real cause of why things went wrong instead of just looking for someone to blame.
The Reverend Fred Nile is a veteran of the NSW Parliament – and many predict that if the Baird government is re-elected, his vote could decide whether power privatisation goes ahead or not. Dean Lewins/AAP

NSW privatisation could hinge on a single upper house vote

A re-elected Liberal National government needs to win 10 upper house seats in this year's NSW election to hold a clear majority. But any fewer than 10, and it may need a Plan B on privatisation.
Union-led campaigns across NSW are telling voters to put government MPs last on their ballot papers – a strategy that helped elect Labor in Queensland earlier this year. Stop the Sell Off/Facebook

In a tight NSW election, optional preferences could win the day

The way Queensland voters chose to exercise their preferences was crucial in the shock defeat of the state's first-term conservative government. Could that happen again in this weekend's NSW election?
If you’ve been hacked or had your identity stolen, time is of the essence when it comes to minimising the damage. Image sourced from

The first 72 hours are critical for hacking victims

Preventing and responding to the hacking epidemic is not a problem for one group or organisation to solve. And what happens in the first 72 hours can make all the difference.
Water is just as critical as land for farms like Cubbie Station. Cubbie/AAP

Land ownership just the start in foreign investment debate

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced long-promised changes to the rules for foreign land purchases and ownership in Australia. There are two key changes. First, the Foreign Investment Review Board…
There’s more to getting a job than simply going to uni. Shutterstock

Hints, tips and pitfalls for graduates in getting their first job

For many years now I’ve taken more than just a passing interest in how students can best position themselves to land a job after obtaining their degree. To assist students in their goal I run “careers…
The system that allowed Lance Armstrong to cheat and dope successfully for years should share the responsibility for his behaviour. EPA/Olivier Hoslet

More than one bad apple: a systems view on the Lance Armstrong doping saga

There are again questions over Lance Armstrong’s admissions and apologies following a BBC interview in which the former cyclist and confessed drug cheat admitted he would take performance-enhancing substances…
During an outbreak, crown-of-thorns starfish can number in the millions and decimate coral reefs. Australian Institute of Marine Science/AAP

How scaring starfish could help to save the Great Barrier Reef

Crown-of-thorns starfish are one of the biggest threats to the Great Barrier Reef. Since 1985, the Great Barrier Reef has lost half its coral cover, with almost half of this coral loss due to the crown-of-thorns…
Does Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk (left), Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, or someone else get your vote? Under Queensland’s electoral system, people can choose between ‘just vote 1’ or numbering more boxes. AAP/David Kapernick

Are Queenslanders in danger of ‘wasting’ their votes?

This weekend, Queenslanders are being urged to “just vote 1” by the Liberal National government, just as Labor has done in the past. Premier Campbell Newman warned that “wasted votes going to independents…

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