The inability to meet Pacific Island expectations on climate change will erode Australia’s leadership credentials and influence in the region.
Australia ensured its official communique watered down commitments to respond to climate change, gaining a hollow victory.
Members of the public remember victims of the Christchurch mosque shooting with flowers.
True crime podcasts, series, and books have fuelled our interest in violent and dangerous perpetrators. It's time victims and their families were remembered.
A surgeon has been committed to stand trial next year in a case involving stealthing, believed to be the first of its kind in Australia.
There is currently no law that specifically outlaws stealthing in Australia. A case making its way through the courts in Victoria could provide legal clarity on the issue.
The butterfly orchid grows beautifully.
The Conversation/John Dearlarney
The blotched butterfly orchid (Sarcochilus weinthalii) looks fairly unremarkable when it’s not flowering, generally resembling the far more common orange blossom orchid. But when it flowers, it is exquisite…
If you’re depressed, the headlines might tempt you to reach out for a chocolate bar. But don’t believe the hype.
Depression is a serious, common and sometimes debilitating condition. And no, chocolate won't help, whatever the headlines tell you.
The Milky Way: a pattern of stars, or a pattern of gaps?
Luke Busellato/Wikimedia Commons
Around the world and throughout history, we find remarkably similar constellations defined by disparate cultures, as well as strikingly similar narratives describing the relationships between them.
Markets know what has happened each time the yield curve has turned negative. The idea of a negative curve without a a recession would take some getting used to.
Precedent suggests that what's happened in the US will lead to a recession, but maybe it'll be different this time.
Attraction and retention: the key issues to get more immigrants to settle in regional Australia.
Migrants who've settled in regional Australia find jobs, get on with the locals and feel safe. So the government wants to know how to encourage more migrants to move there.
On average, one woman every week is killed in Australia. There needs to be more focus on both response to gender violence and prevention.
We need to stop violence against women before it starts. The federal government's Fourth Action Plan might not provide all of the answers, but it's a sign of positive progress.
A Twittter storm erupted after journalist Laura Hayes tweeted the alleged assailant had shouted “Allahu Akhbar”.
As a crisis unfolded in the Sydney CBD, a journalist tweeted what she saw and heard, and was criticised for doing so. Here's why she was right to report what she did.
Supermarkets may discount junk foods to capitalise on the ‘impulse buy’.
Our new study finds in Australian supermarkets, the lower the health star rating, the higher the discounts. The time is ripe for a national conversation about making discounts healthier.
People have different views when it comes to school uniforms.
We asked five experts from various fields whether school uniforms should be compulsory. Four out of five said no.
Dennis Altman in Santa Cruz California in 1984,
New York in the early 1980s was a time of literary salons, concentrated ambition and a flowering of gay cultural power.
Shifting agriculture away from low-protein cereal crops towards legumes is essential.
AAP Image/Dave Hunt
There are plenty of barriers, but if we really want to we can feed the world on plant protein (largely from legumes).
Connecting with the digital economy is a trickier prospect out here.
Remote Queensland farmers are among the least "digitally included" communities in Australia, according to a new report that documents the impacts of low access, affordability and digital ability for families and communites.
Failure to further strengthen the compulsory super system would be disadvantageous to many future retirees and be an added burden on a later generation of taxpayers.
Liberal senator Andrew Bragg is one of the Coalition backbenchers who oppose the scheduled superannuation guarantee rise to 12%. They are looking to the retirement incomes inquiry to leverage change.
Beijing has a long-term Hong Kong challenge on its hands, one that in many ways is of its own making.
The Chinese government has a multi-pronged approach to quell the protests –building support among business elites, putting pressure on companies and ramping up its misinformation campaigns.
The ASX 200 slid 2.9% on Thursday amid less than completely encouraging news at home, and awful news from abroad.
The progress we were making has been slowed or reversed, at exactly the wrong time.
Forensic anthropologists, who analyse skeletal remains, can give us clues to how someone lived and died.
While forensic scientists mostly use fingerprints, dental records and DNA to identify human remains, they have many other techniques in their forensic toolkit. How many have you heard of?
Fire ants like these can give a nasty bite.
Millions of dollars are being spent on trying to eradicate fire ants from Australia. But that might not be the only way to deal with the invasive pest.
Domenichino’s A Virgin with a Unicorn. Artists of the Middle Ages believed the unicorn could only be captured by a virgin.
Unicorns are a staple of social media. Today we might think of them as all magic and rainbows, but their past is one of ferocious beasts, religion, and mistranslation.
Child Protection Minister Luke Donnellan said he would prosecute the state’s most senior Catholic, Peter Comensoli, if he doesn’t report suspected child abuse.
AAP Image/Daniel Pockett
The new bill will make it make it mandatory for priests to report suspected child abuse admitted in confidence.
Male (left) and female Heterodoxus spiniger from Borneo.
Natural History Museum, London
Reconsidering an old ecological conundrum comes up with a new perspective on migration, contact and trade in the Australia and Asia-Pacific region.
Pacific leaders don’t want to talk about China’s rising influence – they want Scott Morrison to make a firm commitment to cut Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.
It's becoming increasingly obvious that Australia's inability – or refusal – to take firmer action on climate change is undermining its entire 'Pacific step-up'.
Science doesn’t appear to support the modern myth that women are super-human multitaskers.
The myth that women are superior multitaskers has just been busted. So, let's divide work in and out of the home so women aren't left running themselves ragged.