What distinguishes Australia is the extraordinary extent to which people of different cultural backgrounds work, play and form families together.
The story of Australia’s multicultural future needs to be informed by an understanding of the past. Those who do not know history’s mistakes are doomed to repeat them.
Rewarding individuals just creates ‘mean bad chickens’.
Group rewards produce cooperative, high performing groups but also, counterintuitively, the best performing individuals.
Calls for Islamic reform overlook the political motivations of extremism, and attack fundamental religious practices.
Calls for a reformed, modern Islam will not combat the political and social motivations that underly radical and extremist ideologies.
Billionaire Frank Lowy was done like a dinner in the shark-infested waters of international football, led by Sepp Blatter (right).
Despite Australia squandering $43 million on a failed bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Lowy football dynasty lives on.
A republican referendum is unlikely to succeed without the prime minister’s support.
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The prime minister and opposition leader are both outspoken republicans. And yet, following Prince Charles' latest visit, an Australian republic looks far from guaranteed. Why is that?
Australia’s policies on asylum seekers have been criticised by many countries at the UN’s Human Rights Council.
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Dallas Rogers speaks with Shanthi Robertson and Ien Ang about the role migrants, refugees and the border will play in Australia during the Asian century.
Gough Whitlam speaks on the steps of parliament on November 11, 1975, surrounded by radio reporters’ microphones.
The way in which Bob Wilesmith’s footage has come to dominate Australians’ recollection of The Dismissal is a story of prescience, luck and the limitations of the TV news technology of the day.
The disease can only occur when contaminated water goes up into the nose.
Amoebas are ancient bugs that predate multicellular organisms that often hide in water and mud.
In 1991 Iraq forces set fire to Kuwait oil fields.
By Jonas Jordan, United States Army Corps of Engineers [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Acts perpetrated during the course of warfare have, through the ages, led to significant environmental destruction.
The core disciplines of the ancient and enduring tradition are focused on the cultivation of strength.
Stoicism is an ancient concept – so why is it regaining popularity in the 21st century?
Michelle Payne spoke of horse racing’s chauvinism following her victory on Prince of Penzance in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup.
Almost all of the decision-makers in horse racing are male, and they almost invariably favour their own sex.
Looking at historical records gives us an idea of how we can fail to fully understand medical conditions if the patient is denied a voice.
Photograph by Neil Brandvold for USAID
Looking at historical health-care records can reveal how misunderstanding of a medical condition first came to develop and why it may not be being treated properly.
Evacuees gather at a rescue centre after this month’s floods in the Philippines. But for many women the danger doesn’t end here.
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Climate change isn't gender-neutral. The effects are likely to hit the world's poorest women hardest of all, because they are more likely to lack the resources to escape natural disasters or disease.
When it comes to property, Australia’s super rich are not that different to China’s.
The public debate has shifted from a discussion about invading foreign investors to a discussion about foreign rule breakers.
Young people are natives to social media, but is that a bad thing?
The media often paints social media as a dangerous place for young people, but the reality is far more complex and nuanced.
Around 85% of Australian women have a repeat caesarean, but it’s often not necessary.
We've come a long way from the first documented successful caesarean. In 1500, Swiss farmer Jacob Nufer operated on his wife after a labour of several days. She went on to have five more vaginal births.
Some fans take their sport very seriously such as this Hawthorn supporter during the 2013 AFL Grand Final. But what if you don’t have a team in the finals?
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Which team you support in sport can depend on many things. But who should you barrack for in this packed weekend of sport if none of your favoured teams are in any of the games?
More science, maths, coding and more modern assessment measures: what a 21st-century education looks like.
Turnbull has said his government is committed to being one "of the 21st century”. So what could that mean for education?
Australia should not wait until bodies are washed up on foreign beaches before it is spurred to action on addressing refugee flows.
Australia should not reserve its help for those fleeing conflict in distant wars. Its first duty should be to those who face death and persecution in its own region.
Wombat mange is a debilitating disease that can lead to blindness and death.
Wombats are suffering from mange, a deadly skin condition that threatens to wipe out some local populations. Frustratingly little is known about the problem, so we need a national plan to tackle it.