Western Sydney needs a science centre such as Questacon to help engage young people with science, technology and engineering.
A science centre in Western Sydney would help young people engage with science and promote STEM in Sydney's fastest growing region.
George Brandis has a heavy load to lift as Attorney-General – but his priorities for the Arts portfolio could be clarified.
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For artists and cultural workers, a change of government leads to a change of priorities – and often, opportunities disappear. So what do we know about the priorities for the current Minister for the Arts?
The Bellinger Snapping Turtle is under threat, and that bodes ill for the entire ecosystem.
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The Bellinger River Snapping Turtle is under threat of extinction, and it suggests something very wrong with the whole ecosystem.
Many cities are starting to recognise that street art has both a cultural and economic value.
Is graffiti art or crime? While many cities have adopted tough legal measures to prevent graffiti, they are also beginning to recognise the cultural and economic value of street art.
Some people may be turned on knowing their sexual activities are being monitored by experts.
The who, how, and what of sex-based laboratory studies may all be a little problematic, so can we generalise from their findings?
NSW Labor has promised a Great Koala National Park to protect koalas, but what about more insidious threats to the environment?
NSW has nearly 300 threatened animal species, including koalas and pygmy-possums. Yet we still don't know the government's plans in one area that could pose a serious threat to NSW's wildlife.
Insider trader Lukas Kamay will serve a minimum of four-and-a-half years in prison.
The sentences handed to insider traders Lukas Kamay and Christopher Hill send a strong message, but preventing the opportunity for such crimes to occur is just as important.
They might look static, but trees are dynamic living things - just on a different time scale to us.
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Trees are more like us than you might think. They even have a pulse. They just operate over much slower timescales.
A koala and her joey try to reach the last leaves on a tree.
When their populations explode, killing koalas is sometimes the only way to reduce their suffering. But why do some places have too many koalas?
Puzzling omission: the Intergenerational Report is light on detail about the future of superannuation.
A discussion about what superannuation will look like in the future is essentially from the Intergenerational Report.
New homes like this one in Sydney’s south-west would be within reach for more first-time buyers in New South Wales if the state government supported shared home buying schemes.
New South Wales is Australia's most populous state, with the most expensive capital city – yet it's done less than many other states to develop cost-effective options for aspiring home owners.
Myths about women and pay abound.
"The statistics are wrong." "Women are less ambitious." "Women aren't as qualified." These are all justifications used to pay women less. And they are all wrong.
Australian private schools are increasingly taking their senior students to volunteer in orphanages, but they’re doing more harm than good.
Australian private schools are increasingly taking their senior students to volunteer in orphanages, but they're doing more harm than good.
Do you care where the food you buy comes from?
In the drive to cut costs on food, Australians often overlook the real impact of food choices.
Greece’s relief could be short-lived.
Having secured a temporary debt deal, Greece must now come clean on the economic reforms it plans to get the country back on track.
Threadworm infection is common but it’s often asymptomatic.
Intestinal worms (or helminths) are multicellular parasites that live inside the gut. When mature, they can generally be seen with the naked eye. In developing countries with poor sanitation, the most…
Islamic scholarship gave rise to some of the world’s earliest educational institutions such as the House of Wisdom in Baghdad.
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There is nothing in Islam that makes it dangerous or threatening to a modern Western way of life. However, those looking to incite violence and hatred are always capable of finding textual references in…
The new waterfront in Australian literature: Parramatta.
Despite boasting a population of 2 million people – more than South Australia, the Northern Territory, Tasmania and the ACT combined – Western Sydney has, to date, had little impact on the literary pulse…
Australia has changed from primarily being a destination for permanent settlers to having an increasing number of temporary arrivals.
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Shanthi Robertson on the changing face of migration.
Immigration is a contentious topic in many parts of the world, and the debate in Australia has been predictably framed around asylum seekers, the burdens on taxpayers and the protection of local jobs…
The second major sporting event Australia is hosting this summer, cricket’s World Cup, begins on Saturday night.
The cricket World Cup’s opening game, which pits Australia against England on Valentine’s Day, is the latest twist in a summer in which Australia has played host to two of the world’s biggest sporting…