A survey conducted in Jauary 2018 by the Pew Research Centre showed 84 percent of US Catholics had a ‘favourable’ opinion of Pope Francis. Six out of ten people also said he represented a ‘major change for the better’.
Pope Francis continues to champion the importance of science in our world. Having the head of the Catholic Church support various scientific movements is a win for us all.
In Victoria, the Andrews government’s level crossing removal project has lifted property prices by up to 28% around sites where work has been completed.
Value capture depends on infrastructure increasing the value of affected areas in the first place. Victoria's level crossing removal project shows the impact on property values can be significant.
The Chinese-Australian artist Guan Wei is on display in a new exhibition at the MCA. The centre piece of the exhibition is the 18x6m mural Feng Shui (2004).
Guan Wei, Feng Shui, 2004, acrylic on composite board. Museum of Contemporary Art, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Cromwell Diversified Property Trust, 2017. Image courtesy and © the artist
Guan Wei's art, now on display at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art, crosses both Chinese and Australian cultures, working together in harmony, best described as an aspect of feng shui.
The character of Judge Dredd was designed to be satirical, depicting the ultimate draconian cop.
The fictitious world of Judge Dredd highlights authoritarianism, including laws against outsiders, walls around cities and rules that deny people basic rights. Are the Dredd comics a cautionary tale?
Nearly half of kids in a study were harmed by their peers.
More than 800 students completed a questionnaire about peer aggression. Nearly 50% said they had been harmed by a peer ,while around 30% said harmful experiences were just "banter".
Australia will probably see fewer tropical cyclones reaching land this season.
AAP Image/Bureau of Meteorology
Southern and eastern Australia need to prepare for heatwaves and increased fire risk this summer, as forecasts predict hot, dry weather.
‘It is inevitable that Australia will make more decisions that China doesn’t like,’ said Penny Wong.
Focusing on China policy in a Monday address - released ahead of delivery - Penny Wong says Australia needs to 'define the boundaries' of its engagement with China as the relationship is in a new phase.
The ABS should include detailed questions about gender and sexuality in the 2021 Census.
Accurate data on Australians' gender and sexual identity helps governments make good policy – and, importantly, ensures those communities are seen and recognised.
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.
It helps to know what happens to people who stop claiming Newstart.
Getting people off welfare appears to "disappear" as many as it puts into jobs.
The Australian government refers to asylum seekers who arrived by boat as ‘illegal’ entrants.
Asylum seekers are not permanent residents and have to pay full fees for university courses. Just as doctors led the campaign to get kids off Nauru, academics can advocate for access to education.
Accepting a donor kidney with a small risk of carrying HIV or hepatitis B or C might be worth thinking about.
Organs from gay men or injecting drug users, often rejected for transplants, could safely be used, so long as donors test negative for infections such as HIV, and hepatitis B and C.
The biggest ever display of Islamic art at the Art Gallery of South Australia holds breathtaking masterpieces, and important lessons for all.
Art Gallery of South Australia/Saul Steed
No god but God at the Art Gallery of South Australia looks at over 1000 years of Islamic art, from Indonesia to Spain. It is a magnificent and necessary exhibition.
Peak-time drivers to the CBDs of Sydney and Melbourne typically earn much more than the average worker.
Commuters who drive to and from the CBD typically earn much more than most. Concerns about the fairness of charging drivers who use these busy roads at peak times are overblown.
The review will be led by Michael Lavarch - who was attorney-general in the Keating government - and will be in two stages.
Jodi McKay and Anthony Albanese have announced an inquiry into the head office of the NSW ALP, following shocking revelations about scandals in the handling of donations.
The remotely operated vehicle Deep Discoverer captures images of a newly discovered hydrothermal vent field in the western Pacific.
In some places, the ocean is almost 7 miles deep. Scientists exploring the ocean floor have found strange sea creatures, bizarre geologic formations and records of Earth's history.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Abiy Ahmed was awarded the prize for efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.
Austrian novelist Peter Handke (L) and Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk (R) have been named as winners for the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2019 and 2018 respectively.
EPA-EFE/Georg Hochmuth, Facundo Arrizabalaga
But the 2018 prize, which went to a Polish woman, shows that the Academy might at least be aiming for more diversity in its laureates.
Eliud Kipchoge on his way to winning the London Marathon in April 2019. He’ll certainly go faster in Vienna this week.
Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA/AAP Image
Kenyan marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge is bidding to break the mythical 2-hour barrier in Vienna this week. Analysis of previous world records suggest he needs to find an extra 15 second from somwhere.
Australia’s overall emissions are rising, high electricity prices remain a burden, and there is nervousness about the summer power supply.
The climate policy has become an article of faith within Labor, and among many supporters. It's also a policy that in the election split voters Labor needed, attracting some but driving away others.