The government gutted the ranks of experienced decision-makers and made organisational changes that undermined the quality of its decisions.
From high staff turn-overs to filling the appeals tribunal with political allies, the Home Affairs department needs to clean its mess.
The UN said it was ‘seriously concerned’ about the rise in mental health problems among children in Australia, including those from refugee and asylum-seeking families.
In a recent report, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child was highly critical of the Australian government for its youth justice failures and the rise of children with mental health issues.
President Trump and Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison insist it matters whether China is classified as “developed” or “developing” in the World Trade Organisation matters. It may not.
In complaining about China's alleged special treatment by the World Trade Organization, US President Donald Trump and Australia's Scott Morrison are pointing to something that isn't really there.
Interest rate cuts often lead to a boost in construction jobs as developers anticipate better conditions for selling properties.
Record low interest rates will almost certainly drive up property prices. But they will also drive down unemployment and boost investment generally.
Our cities need to adapt to cope with more extreme weather events and other impacts from climate change.
A call to make our cities more resilient to climate change could drive one of the largest new infrastructure builds in history.
Eating lots of red meat increases your risk of cancer and a range of chronic diseases.
The advice is still to limit your red meat intake to a maximum of 500g a week. So why did some headlines tell us otherwise this week?
The semiconductor industry sits at the centre of the modern world.
US actions do more than just keep Huawei away from critical infrastructure. They choke off the supply of semiconductors to China.
Fish are attracted to floating objects, especially with dangling ropes or nets.
Fishers who hunt wild tuna use fish's natural attraction to floating objects to lure them to known positions near GPS-equipped rafts. However, these rafts are attracting increasing concern.
The Shadow Whose Prey The Hunter Becomes turns the questions back on its audience: why are you sitting in this theatre? What do you hope will happen?
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Bryoni Trezise considers questions at the core of Back To Back Theatre's new work: why are we sitting in this theatre? What do we hope will happen? And who, really, are we?
Australia has enacted 20 new anti-terror laws since 2014. Several more bills have been introduced by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and are now before parliament.
Australia now has one of the most comprehensive ranges of anti-terrorism laws of any Western democracy. It's time to think creatively about solutions, rather than continually reworking old strategies.
About 5.6% of Australian defence veterans could end up homeless.
Researchers say the new figure should be used to improve services aimed at tackling the homeless problem in Australia's defence veterans.
During his visit to America, Australian prime minister Scott Morrison sought to emphasise Australia’s deep bond with the United States without aggravating China.
It will take skilled diplomacy for Australia to keep both China and the US happy, but it is important to do so.
Australia’s major mining companies are significant contributors to global emissions.
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Australia cannot distance itself from moral responsibility for emissions from exported fossil fuels.
There is no shortage of ideas for how Australia can help NASA fly to Mars.
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From solar sail-powered spacecraft, to laser communications, to asteroid detection systems, there is no shortage of Australian ideas and expertise to help NASA explore the Moon and Mars.
The Ori ‘Cloud Bed’ is lifted and lowered from a ceiling recess to create space that doubles as bedroom and living room.
With space at a premium, robotic furniture can transform a room in seconds. How will this affect our sense of belonging and feeling at home, when everything can change with a voice command?
A Nepalese woman collects mushroom in a forest.
Himalayan villages are growing food in the forests, a traditional model that can fight both land clearing and world hunger.
This child and her mother found refuge at a women’s shelter, but many are unable to find the secure housing they need to escape family violence.
Indigenous children are admitted to out-of-home care at 11 times the rate for non-Indigenous children. The lack of safe housing for mothers fleeing family violence is a key factor.
Men have nipples because of a quirk in how embryos develop. But that’s only part of the story of this seemingly redundant body part.
How embryos develop, evolution and sexual pleasure all help explain why men have nipples. But ‘man boobs’ are a different story.
Lack of speed kills: finally NBN Co is thinking about a genuinely 21st century offering for customers.
The mess made of National Broadband Network was entirely predictable. Politicians forgot three basic lessons from economics.
With more than 80% of Singaporeans living in state-provided housing, the city rates well for affordability compared to Sydney, where the figure is just 5.5%.
A coordinated mix of policies does more to keep housing affordable for a significant proportion of a city's residents than the unbalanced approach we see in Sydney.