A building full of revolving doors?
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More than 180 individuals have moved between senior public service roles and the fossil fuel industry in Australia over the past decade - providing a golden escalator for former senior politicians.
New Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack (front) talks to the media, while former leader Barnaby Joyce (left) listens in.
As the National Party looks to rebuild under a new leader, it needs to embrace its minority status, establish clearly what it stands for, and remain true to those ideals.
Murder rates in Mexico have spiked since the military was first sent in to fight organized crime in 2006.
Exactly 234,966 people have died in Mexico's 11-year drug war. Now the government wants to deploy soldiers to criminal hot spots, a move many fear will just increase violence and weaken the police.
We need to measure the volatile compounds that waft off the products in our homes and offices.
A surprising study published in Science found that as fuel emissions drop, consumer products are playing a larger role in air pollution.
In July 2017, new research was published that pushed the opening chapters of Australian history back to 65,000 years ago.
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When did Australia’s human history begin?
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Today's episode of Essays On Air, the audio version of our Friday essay series, seeks to move beyond the view of ancient Australia as a timeless and traditional foundation story.
Since sodium is abundant, battery technology that uses it side-steps many of the issues associated with lithium batteries.
Demand for energy storage is increasing – both in Australia and around the world. But issues with the production of lithium-ion batteries mean the search is on for alternatives.
There are concerns that the new draft poultry standards don’t truly have chickens’ welfare at heart.
The current review of standards for egg and poultry farming does little to assuage fears that the industry wields too much influence. Only an independent regulator can restore public confidence.
Despite billions spent on trying to save water in the Murray Darling Basin, results have been disappointing.
A dozen leading researchers have issued an urgent call to action for the Murray-Darling Basin, arguing that the billions spent on water-efficient irrigation have done little for the rivers' health.
Anak-anak bisa berisik dan menciptakan problem dalam kehidupan bertetangga di apartemen.
Di Sydney, satu dari empat penghuni apartemen merupakan keluarga dengan anak. Tetapi desain serta bayangan akan kehidupan di apartemen belum mengimbangi perubahan demografi yang pesat ini.
For the global tuna industry, which has historically struggled with illegal and environmentally dubious fishing practices, the use of blockchain could be a turning point.
Blockchain is now helping to bring much-needed transparency to the global tuna industry, which has been prone to corruption, human slavery and unsustainable fishing practices.
Ongoing controversy around wild horses in Australia encompasses debate about their impact and their cultural meaning, argues Michael Adams.
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The cultural meanings of wild horses.
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Today's episode of Essays On Air explores how humans have related to horses over time and across the world, and asks: is it time to rethink how we 'manage' brumbies in the wild?
Children being children can be loud, which creates challenges when they live in an apartment.
In Sydney, families with children now account for one in four households living in apartments. The expectations and design of apartments have not kept up with this rapid demographic change.
How responsible are migratory animals for spreading diseases?
Migratory animals are often blamed for the global spread of disease. However, recent research indicates they may not be the primary culprit.
Donald Trump says cheap Mexican labor is hurting American workers. But isn’t it also hurting Mexican workers?
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Trump has attacked NAFTA, saying that cheap, under-regulated Mexican labor hurts American workers. If he's right, then NAFTA negotiations could be a chance to push Mexico on workers' rights.
Cyclists ride in memory of Alberto Paulon who was struck by a person opening a car door on a busy road in Melbourne.
If the strategies we put in place to make cycling safer were taken up in earnest the result would often be chaos.
Investments in new stadiums are rarely justified by their economic returns.
Research shows investment in large events doesn't pay off. There are thousands of community events across Australia that offer a better bang for buck.
Symptoms of an illness usually improve the closer a person gets to dying.
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Excruciating pain at the end of life is extremely rare. The evidence shows pain and other symptoms, such as fatigue, insomnia and breathing issues, actually improve as people move closer to death.
Canned tuna is an Australian pantry staple.
Australians love canned tuna. Here's our handy guide to finding the most sustainable options for you (and your cat).
Business Briefing: What happened to the price of Bitcoin? The truth behind big bubbles and crashes.
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On this episode of Business Briefing we unpack great heights and crashing lows of a bubble and a crash.
Coaching means many things, from simply listening to staff, to helping them set personal goals.
Research shows that coaching employees makes them feel valued and empowered, and builds better relationships with management.