A history of dispossession and transgenerational trauma underlie the day-to-day struggles of Indigenous people.
A diagnosis of mental illness is only one in a number of risk factors for suicide. And for Indigenous Australians, a history of dispossession and disempowerment plays a much bigger role.
Would you go ‘flats’ or ‘hills’?
Shutterstock/Brian A Jackson
Whether it's a toss of the coin or a flip of the bat, can any method to decide who plays first in cricket be unbiased?
Native cherries are everywhere, but we know surprisingly little about them.
Women are not reporting workplace harassment even when the behaviour is clearly out of bounds.
Women facing harassment in the workplace don't feel anyone would listen if they complained about the behaviour - so very often they put up with it, or leave the job.
Scalloped hammerhead entangled in a Queensland shark control net at Magnetic Island, Townsville.
Courtesy of Nicole McLachlan
Some media have reported shark numbers at 'plague proportions' in Australian waters. But a new analysis suggests the opposite: species such as hammerheads and white sharks have plummeted in number.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called for more kindness in politics.
NZ's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stands out internationally as she talks about doing politics differently. Yet, domestically, there's little discussion about priorities in foreign policy.
The funding proposal is no fix for Australia’s health system but it could take some political pressure off the Coalition in the lead up to the 2019 federal election.
The A$1.25 billion health funding boost isn't based on any coherent policy direction. It's designed to shore up support in marginal electorates.
There are about 30,000 refugees in Australia, and just over 200 of them have been able to study at a university.
Federal government policies are the biggest barriers to people seeking asylum in accessing higher education in Australia.
Some things are just tricky to measure.
Flickr/Patty O'Hearn Kickham
How useful is the information you get from the measure of any thing? That depends on what you chose measure in the first place, and that's not always clear.
As happened during the last budget boom, the government will spend it (quite likely on tax cuts) leaving little for when things turn down down the track.
History suggests the government will spend most of the extra $10 billion per year that the MYEFO will reveal on Monday. The only problem is, those riches won't last.
Asset recycling is a shell game, a way to get around government accounting rules.
The so-called 'Australian model' of 'asset recycling' is no miracle cure for US infrastructure problems.
Australia’s sprawling cities present many challenges to sustainability, but planning innovations can help achieve at least half of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Planning innovations around the world offer inspiration, but ultimately the innovations needed to make Australia's sprawling cities more sustainable must be shaped by local conditions.
Children at Norseman Mission. The author’s mum, Violet Newman is in the middle row on the far left.
Image from the collection of Elsie Lambadgee (dec.)
Aileen Marwung Walsh's grandparents were sent to the Moore River Native Settlement, of Rabbit Proof Fence infamy, half a century ago. In 2018, 100 years after the settlement's founding, she returned.
The area of greater uncertainty under Labor is a very different one –
that is, how much of the unions’ agenda a Shorten government would be willing to embrace.
In the lead up to next week's ALP national conference, which Shorten
needs to run smoothly, the government has been trying to exploit what
it sees as a Labor weak point – border protection.
The competitive neutrality report has given the ABC, and SBS, a clean bill of health.
An ACCC interim report is one of the most consequential documents for media policy in decades, while a government report finds both public broadcasters are acting in the public interest.
Around 8% of the population experience swallowing difficulties.
We don't often give our eating habits much thought but the 8% of the population with swallowing disability need to plan carefully to ensure their food is the right texture and eaten at the right pace.
Independent MP Cathy McGowan recently introduced a private member’s bill for the introduction of a national integrity commission, adding to pressure on the government.
The proposed integrity commission is an improvement on the patchwork of mechanisms in place now, but does not go nearly far enough to prevent and investigate corruption.
The government will establish a religious freedom commissioner and push for a Religious Discrimination Act.
While pushing for changes to increase protections for religious belief, the government has not yet answered if that should extend to being allowed to discriminate against LGBTI people.
It’s easy to blame congestion on immigrants. But it’s really jobs that do it. People flock to where the jobs are, whether they are immigrants or not.
Cutting migration to Australia's biggest cities would do nothing to ease congestion in those cities and could make it worse.
The typical suburban backyard of the future?
Retrosuburbia.com (with permission)
The average consumerist suburban lifestyle is unsustainable. But what if affluent suburbanites and battlers alike ditch the rat race and embrace economic 'degrowth'? Here's how it might unfold.
Comet 46P/Wirtanen captured on November 15 this year using the remote iTelescope (Siding Springs Observatory, Australia).
Flickr/Victor R Ruiz
The comet 46P/Wirtanen is just 1.2km in size but it should be visible in the night sky this Saturday as it makes a close approach to Earth this year. And don't forget the Geminids meteor shower.
Scott Morrison has promised to protect people against discrimination because of their religious faith, and says he wants to do it before the election.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison plans to create a new post of Freedom of Religion Commissioner, because he says many people of religion "feel the wheels closing in".
A kangaroo finds refuge in a small patch of vegetation surrounded by a new housing estate.
Expanding cities and farmland have created many small, often isolated patches of vegetation. Long seen as having limited ecological value, a new study shows these are vital for endangered species.
Economists have searched for the mythical balance between the cost of climate action, and the future cost of doing nothing.
For decades, economists have pondered the 'social cost of carbon' - the price worth paying to avoid the future costs of greenhouse emissions. But a new analysis suggests this quest is impossibly complex.
The proposed amendments also remove protections against rendering a person stateless.
The federal government's proposed changes to how and when citizenship can be stripped need close scrutiny.