Most Sydneysiders are concerned about the effects of foreign investment on the local real estate market.
Only 18% of Sydneysiders think foreign investors should be able to buy property. They simply don't accept arguments that this investment improves housing affordability by increasing supply.
Police guard the blockade line in Martin Place, Sydney, during the siege of the Lindt Cafe in December 2014.
Not every terrorist hostage taker will be open to hostage negotiations. But everything we know from psychology tells us that some of them might be.
Driven by higher returns on their equity, debt-financed investors are dominating the housing market and shaping its growth.
New research shows the actual returns on equity for housing investors are higher than most people realise. This helps explain why investors are able to out-compete other home buyers.
Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band : is this the best popular music has to offer?
Paul Townsend, flickr
Dubbed the greatest album ever by Rolling Stone, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is turning 50. We asked six experts how it had stood the test of time and found opinions diverged widely.
President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaigns have been controversial.
Even though widespread corruption is a blight on Chinese society.
The budget brought no increase in rent assistance to help low-income renters in the private rental market.
For the majority of Australia’s renters, housing will remain unaffordable, insecure, and out of reach following the 2017-18 federal budget.
Infrastructure has been flagged as a major recipient of federal funds in the 2017 budget.
The Conversation’s economic experts react to the 2017-18 budget measures in the areas of living costs, economic management and infrastructure planning and investment.
Logos of betting companies and the odds on sporting outcomes are now impossible to avoid, at the ground or on TV.
It is gambling, especially online and mobile, that has come into focus as sport’s most potentially damaging byproduct.
The Gold Coast is preparing to host the 2018 edition of the Commonwealth Games.
Investing in staging sport is ultimately a matter of turning the entire host environment into a stage.
Recently, police services have begun to set in place strategies designed to improve the response to mental health problems among their members.
It is often assumed that police are at higher risk of suicide than other members of the community because of the stress involved in their jobs. But the picture is more complicated than that.
Women can experience significant distress in the lead-up to their periods.
A new study found a woman's partner can help decrease PMS symptoms, rather than exacerbating them.
Julia (with the orange hair) and her friends from Sesame Street.
The introduction of a new Muppet on Sesame Street represents an encouraging cultural shift in the portrayal of characters with autism. But there is still a way to go.
The right visualisation will stand on its own as a communication tool.
Along with machine learning, data mining and statistics, visualisations are playing an important role in current-day data analytics.
One of Hermann Nitsch’s previous works, the Orgies Mysteries Theatre in Italy, 2015.
There is a history of mistreatment of animals in the name of art. But isn’t it about time artists made their point about human domination without themselves asserting dominance over beasts?
Not all renters will be able to become – or want to become – home owners.
For renting to become a truly viable, long-term alternative to home ownership, greater rental affordability and security is needed.
Barnaby Joyce and Scott Morrison have channelled 1940s-era debates in their comments on housing affordability.
It's not the first time Australia has grappled with concerns about affordable housing. History offers insights that can help inform contemporary debates and policies.
Turtle hatchlings could be released into the Murray River to manage the sudden influx of dead carp.
Millions of dead carp will fill the Murray-Darling Basin after the government releases a targeted virus. Scavengers like turtles and crayfish might help – as long as we protect them.
An artist’s impression of some of the thousands of exoplanets discovered by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope.
A Darwin mechanic's success in the hunt for new exoplanets shows how amateur and professional scientists can work together on new research.
The Snowy Mountain Scheme is an iconic example of postwar nation-building infrastructure. By the decade after its completion, the sell-offs were in full swing.
Long-term privatisation contracts, most of them closed to scrutiny, lock urban infrastructure into 20th-century formats unsuited for a climate-threatened planet.
Aspiring ‘smart cities’ like Barcelona have worked to build their profile – it recently hosted the Smart City Expo World Congress – but Australia may benefit from not having rushed in.
Australia has lagged behind some other countries in its investment in smart cities, but in retrospect that may not have been such a bad thing.