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.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump will meet next month in Florida.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's recent trip to Asia offers some insights into how the Trump administration might deal with China.
Research has shown that 73% of women worldwide have suffered online abuse.
Cyber abuse between intimate partners is common and devastating – there needs to be a greater focus on holding perpetrators to account.
The financialisation of housing has become central to wealth creation in Australian households.
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We now value the house as a wealth builder, not just a place to live in and raise a family. The result is a distorted investment market that makes home ownership and rental unaffordable.
Intellectual inquiry and expertise are under sustained attack, says Barney Glover.
Our need for unbiased, well-researched information has never been greater.
How do we know what we think we know? Accuracy, care and rigorous method gets us somewhere there, especially on issues like racism.
Young women in the survey showed less interest and knowledge on long-term investments.
Young women are are confident in implementing budgeting and savings strategies, but lack the knowledge and confidence required to implement long-term financial strategies, a new pilot study finds.
Big data is here – but just how widely is it being used?
Strategies that exploit what our online data trails reveal about us can be used to fool us into thinking our desires will be met. Brexit and Trump show us how politics at the margins can be played.
Les enfants exposés à plusieurs langues développent une plus grande sensibilité à leur environnement sonore.
Pour les enfants bilingues, le fait de passer d’une langue à l’autre est un formidable exercice pour le cerveau et les oreilles.
Nearly 300,000 people tuned into two live streams on Facebook of the Anthony Mundine-Danny Green fight.
Foxtel’s high-priced oligopolistic control over Australian pay TV has again clashed with the demands of sport fans and the increasingly sophisticated capture and relay technologies available to them.
Is Nick Kyrgios too difficult – and different – to become an Australian hero?
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Examining our sporting heroes reveals much about ideas of national identity and who is accepted.
Politics is a world for which show business celebrities are perfectly adapted and their predominance in the Philippines offers a glimpse of what televisual populism could look like in other countries.
The former state secretary of the Builders Labourers Federation, Jack Mundey, in front of the Sirius building.
Dallas Rogers speaks with Nicole Cook about how union 'green bans' in the 1970s stopped the redevelopment of working-class suburbs in Sydney.
New documentary Beware the Slenderman follows the horrific stabbing of a 12 year old girl in the name of an internet myth.
From photoshopped images, to fake eye-witness accounts, to a real-life attempted murder, the Slenderman is the internet's urban myth.
Survey data show men are more likely to participate in sport for fun or enjoyment than women.
There is much work to do if Australia is to eradicate various barriers to participation in sport.
In virtual reality cinema, the audience chooses what to look at and when. What does this mean for traditional narrative storytelling?
Virtual reality cinema in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Sander Koning/ANP
VR cinema explodes the frame, placing the spectator inside the space of the film. Audiences effectively edit it themselves, by choosing what to look at and when.
The photo of your child may look cute today but how will they feel when they’re all grown up?
Many parents love sharing photos of their children on social media. But they should stop and think about how it might affect their children, now and in the future.
Coal seam gas developments in Queensland near Chinchilla in 2013.
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The latest survey of residents in coal seam gas regions reveals continuing lukewarm attitudes towards the industry.
Diabetes-Related Foot Disease is very common.
Diabetes is on the rise and one of its most common complications is Diabetes-Related Foot Disease (DFRD). DFRD is difficult to treat but simple preventive strategies do exist.