Philip Ruddock attracted the ire of human rights activists for his actions as a minister in the Howard government.
As Australia’s special envoy for human rights, Philip Ruddock will have the chance to change the world instead of listening to other people make suggestions about how it might be done.
The world’s driest areas are tipped to get even drier, with potentially worrying implications for soil productivity.
The world's 'drylands' – already home to 38% of the world's people – are set to dry out even more. And that could harm the soil microbes that keep soils healthy and help crops to grow.
Some voters in New South Wales may be forced to vote in a different electorate at the next federal election following a recent redistribution.
Any redistribution of electoral boundaries may significantly impact how parties are represented in the parliament. But how does Australia’s system of changing seat boundaries actually work?
A ‘flat-Earth’ map drawn by Orlando Ferguson in 1893. This rendering of a flat Earth still gets some truck today.
We often hear that most people throughout history believed the world was flat. But that's not entirely true.
In All the Sex I’ve Ever Had six Sydneysiders over 60 talk frankly about love, life and everything in between.
There is something a little anxiety-inducing about knowingly walking into a closed theatre in which we will have no choice but to listen to the over-60s talk about their sex lives.
Something seems to be missing in the Australian art world.
French Street theatre company performing at the Santiago a Mil International Theatre Festival - Ivan Alvarado/Reuters
Diversity is a vital part of a thriving art sector, yet only 8% of professional Australian artists come from a non-English speaking background. How can we beat "diversity fatigue"?
Changing attitudes: why is it ‘cool’ to be bad at maths?
You wouldn't feel so confident about claiming you weren't good at reading, so why is it okay to be openly negative about mathematics?
The national flower of Zimbabwe, the Glory Lily, is also found in Queensland where it’s more famously known as a noxious weed that’s highly poisonous to humans.
It's not just Australia's animals that can be deadly, there are plenty of dangerous plants too.
If health professionals' interpretations of a baby’s behaviours are negative, a woman may question whether breastfeeding is meeting her baby’s needs.
Women who are not enjoying breastfeeding, or think their baby is not enjoying breastfeeding, are more likely to wean early.
Charging capital gains tax on sales of the family home won’t fly.
A suggestion to remove the exemption on capital gains tax on main residences is something no politician will touch.
Cross-bench Senator Nick Xenophon wants the law to change to protect gift card holders when companies collapse.
It's not good to make law changes as a knee-jerk reaction, but in the case of insolvency and gift cards, it's time.
Qui, de la science-fiction ou du monde réel influence l’autre ? Films et séries TV sont une source d’inspiration pour les ingénieurs. Pourtant, robots réels et fictionnels sont perçus différemment.
Cricketer Chris Gayle’s comments to journalist Mel McLaughlin in a mid-game interview left her reportedly ‘embarrassed, angry and upset’.
As Chris Gayle has so amply demonstrated, there is still considerable resistance to the full integration of women into sport culture – and not least in the sports media.
Raising a child bilingually does not cause language learning difficulties.
Parents shouldn't be concerned if their bilingual child is slower to develop their vocabularly, because in most cases this is just a temporary lag.
We swallow spiders in our sleep, don’t we?
We swallow spiders in our sleep. Sitting on cold concrete gives you piles. And if you swallow chewing gum, it'll stay in your stomach for years. Right?
Fear and tension make the pain much worse.
Pain during labour and birth is a complex combination of physical and psychological factors.
Given Brazil’s chaotic sociopolitical situation, the legacy the 2016 Olympic Games will leave remains unclear.
Mega sports event promoters use the term 'legacy' extensively to justify the amount of – mostly public – money involved in the bid and execution of such events.
Tax reform remains a political blame-game between the federal government and states.
If only the debate around the GST focused on what it takes to make a good tax system.
Yes, universities need to produce good scientists - but their graduates should be good citizens, too.
University protests in South Africa have showed that the countries students are hungry for real change. This desire can be harnessed to create a generation of "citizen scholars".
Toddler formula is of no greater benefit than regular old cows' milk.
Discussion has been rife on why toddler formula is being sent to China, causing shortages here, but the greater question of why so many Australian parents buy it at all has been largely ignored.