Malcolm Turnbull is promising a change in leadership style from Tony Abbott, but that alone won’t be enough to qualify as government for the 21st century.
The Abbott government resisted the disruptive changes of the 21st century. To succeed, the Turnbull government will need to shed this reactionary mindset and embrace inevitable change.
Some argue that morality is everywhere, or maybe nowhere, in our brain.
There's no single region in the brain responsible for all moral decision making. But neuroscience research has shown specific brain regions are involved when we're faced with moral dilemmas.
Weapons and flames: this ‘dream car’ design by teenagers doesn’t include any safety features.
Teenagers are more interested in gadgets and flashy desig in their first car than they are about safety features. So how do we make them think safety is important?
It seems to be an extremely difficult task for a party leader, even as prime minister, to stamp their authority on the party.
Since 2007 Australia has not really had prime ministers of sufficient calibre. Instead, we have had an incessant struggle for power by those who believed they had the goods.
Iraqis have taken to the streets recently to demand their government tackle the corruption endemic to its political system.
Is serious reform to stamp out political corruption in Iraq even possible given inevitable opposition from those with a vested interest in the status quo?
Federal Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull (right) lends a hand rolling out NBN fibre at Queanbeyan, near Canberra, in June 3.
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Two years on from the Coalition's promise of a national broadband network that would be faster, cheaper and delivered sooner than Labor's plans, what have we got?
Teaching ‘the student’ and teaching ‘the brain’ is the same thing.
Beyond the creation of some lucrative learning tools, talking about "the brain" in education doesn't mean much as teachers can't measure what's going on up there.
Workplaces should try to eliminate situations where bullying can occur, rather than put responsibility on workers to behave nicely.
Like cancer, bullying will affect a majority of employees during their working lives, as a victim, witness, or perhaps as the alleged bully. And like cancer, there's no silver bullet to cure bullying.
Few other world leaders are as enthusiastic as Tony Abbott in endorsing coal as ‘good for humanity’.
Australia's failure to lead on climate action marks a stark shift in political priorities in the past decade. The government is all about immediate economic returns whatever the long-term costs.
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Uber is in a global fight to win a regulatory environment favourable to its business model. It could go one of two ways.
Carbon capture and storage would help the coal industry survive, but it remains elusive.
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For more than a decade the coal industry's favoured response to climate change was carbon capture and storage, or CCS. CCS is still the main defence, but the absence of functioning projects is making it ever more threadbare.
Deciding whether or not to support academic BDS action should not be reduced to being ‘for or against’ injustice.
All too often, the debate around the BDS movement is lost in a cacophony of anti-Semitism accusations and the focus shifts to Western institutions instead of Palestinian rights.
Independent oversight will be a crucial new ingredient in the Queensland government’s vow for stronger domestic violence action.
We’ve heard promises to act on domestic violence too often before. But a new Queensland plan offers public accountability measures – which could finally turn rhetoric into real action.
Federal Attorney-General George Brandis wants to remove green groups’ blanket eligibility to challenge environmental approvals in the courts.
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The government plans to change the law so green groups don't automatically qualify to mount legal challenges against environmental approvals. That would make it much harder for green watchdogs to act.
Deja vu? Anti-carbon tax sentiment has been around for decades.
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Carbon tax debates have been happening ever since the late 1980s, when policy-makers first started taking the "greenhouse effect" seriously.
The large 1982 El Niño contributed to the Ash Wednesday bushfires that killed 75 people in south east Australia.
El Niño has arrived, it's getting stronger, and it's not about to go away soon. And already there are rumblings that this could be a big one.
While Adam Goodes is the public face of the debate, almost any Indigenous Australian can speak of the day-by-day experience of a lack of respect for who they are.
For at least some Australians, it seems that Indigenous culture is acceptable only as an object of consumption for tourists visiting the remote north.
Bronwyn Bishop resigned as Speaker following a controversy that brought the public’s trust in her office into question.
What can the new Speaker do to restore the Australian public’s faith in the office – and in MPs more broadly – after Bronwyn Bishop’s resignation due to a series of lavish entitlement claims?
Replanting forests is one way to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This is a site in China.
New research shows that we'll have to remove carbon from the atmosphere for any chance of keeping warming below 2C.
If we were to evaluate two equally able politicians on their ‘merit’, chances are the man would outperform the woman.
No matter whether it’s targets or quotas, "merit" is always held up as the stalwart gold standard. But can we judge merit without bias? And is merit really the right measure for ability anyway?