Ruling the roost: flying-foxes can suddenly arrive in huge numbers when the right trees bloom.
Flying-foxes can cause conflict - just ask the people of Batemans Bay, NSW. But plans to disperse them won't necessarily work without understanding these highly mobile animals' behaviour.
Manufacturing makes for good photo ops, but spending by Australian companies is no cause for celebration.
Worse than expected business investment in both manufacturing and mining provides another nod towards secular stagnation.
Ancient air bubbles preserved in Antarctic ice.
The Ellsworth Mountains Project
What gaps have the CSIRO cuts left in climate research?
Crane numbers, in this case in Darlington, Sydney, are an indication of the number of new units coming onto the market.
We are hearing dire warnings from property interests fighting against changes to negative gearing. But what if Labor's proposed changes actually support demand for the flood of new properties?
Hadazbe (Hadze) men returning from hunt.
Australians have become oddly obsessed with our ancestry. Something in our collective psyche as a nation seems to be turning a healthy curiosity about the past into a deep yearning to belong. What’s fuelling…
Labor senator Penny Wong was appointed Australia’s first climate change minister.
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Australia had the first government body dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Kangaroos are much lighter on the land than sheep and cows.
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Eating cows and sheep is unsustainable. Here are some better alternatives.
Backpackers have always been treated as non-residents for tax purposes.
Backpackers always were treated as non-residents for tax purposes, that's why changes aren't necessary.
CSIRO’s Birdsville station is one of several in Australia that monitors aerosols in our skies.
A leading NASA scientist has asked CSIRO to stay in its global network that monitors atmospheric dust and pollution. The data are vital to understand the effects on weather and climate.
In democracies, it’s pretty difficult to bring about any agreement on anything. So when there is general consensus that something is a problem, I think it’s a good idea for us to sit up and pay attention…
A review of studies examining the economic impact of refugees in Australia found no evidence they impose a net cost in the long term.
Successful responses to the global refugee crisis will be those that recognise and build upon displaced people’s skills, capacities and aspirations.
Le parlement de Norvège (Stortinget).
Les Norvégiens rendent publics les revenus et les impôts de chaque citoyen. Une tradition qui date de l’indépendance du pays. Une pratique moderne qui mérite d’être étudiée.
Both major parties have a platform that could ultimately facilitate same-sex marriage in Australia.
Experience in the US serves to highlight the potential long-term economic consequences if Australia fails to legalise same-sex marriage.
Australia’s arrangements with Papua New Guinea and Nauru have not secured sustainable, durable solutions for those asylum seekers found to be refugees.
Both major parties support offshore processing and boat turnbacks. But public opinion on asylum seekers is not so clear-cut. And nor are the policy alternatives.
When many doctors went through training they would not have learnt adults could suffer from separation anxiety.
Adult separation anxiety is a relatively new concept. There are, as yet, no published evidence-based treatments for the condition.
Deep funding cuts will affect Australia’s entire arts ecology.
A 'mortal blow' to the South Australian theatre scene. 'Inexplicable' cuts to centres for photography in two states. The Australia Council's latest funding decisions have left the arts sector reeling and are evidence of a government indifferent to culture.
Ancient human figures painted in red on a rock shelter in northern Australia (Source: Google Art Project, Griffith University).
For the first couple of centuries of European occupation of Australia the history of its Indigenous people, as written by white fellas, drew heavily on adjectives like ‘primitive’. As both a white fella…
Is rejecting a proposed tax cut the same as a tax increase?
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Is Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull right to say that Labor plans to increase taxes by A$100 billion over ten years?
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Holding on to the illusion that all of our financial data is private is not particularly realistic.
Building more renewable energy will be part of the effort to decarbonise energy systems.
We have the technology to phase out fossil fuels, but it will take more than that.