My Health Records were a big government investment, but they’re just not being used.
Will the My Health Record help people with communication difficulties share their health information across health providers?
Carl Seffner’s 1908 statue of J.S. Bach in front of St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, Germany.
Johann Sebastian Bach's The Art of Fugue is a work of high art. But in keeping with the late works of artists such as Shakespeare, Beethoven and Goya, it contains elements of pathos, humour, gravity, exuberance and tragedy.
Hominin skull casts (L-R) Australopithecus afarensis, Homo habilis, Homo ergaster, Homo erectus, Homo neanderthalensis.
Roger Seymour/South Australian Museum
The brains of our ancestors grew larger and smarter thanks to an increase in the flow of blood to the brain
Should government perform any tasks listed in the Yellow Pages?
Governments have come to realise that no one sector acting alone has the capacity or capability to solve complex social policy problems.
Changes to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act unveiled this week look set for defeat in the Senate. But the issue will continue to breathe life.
The long road to abortion reform in the NT has been made possible by community campaigns, and gender parity in the lower house.
Decriminalisation is important as it signals to the community that abortion is part of gynaecological care and should not be treated differently to any other form of health care.
Sports betting has become a high-profile part of the rugby league’s income and branding.
The NRL is trying to reduce its exposure to the integrity risks posed by spot-fixing.
Penny Gulliver wrote to Germaine Greer several times over two decades.
University of Melbourne Archives, Germaine Greer Archive, 2014.0042.00350, Correspondence with Penny Gulliver
Fifty years of correspondence is stored at the Germaine Greer archive. It ranges across topics as diverse as US politics, grassroots feminism, gardening and Queen Victoria's underpants.
Many of the economists argued that the principle of the CGT discount is not a bad policy, however the level of the discount is generous and is open for abuse.
The Economics Society of Australia (ESA) Monash Forum polled economists on whether capital gains tax deductions for housing investment should be removed.
The languages children learn in school might not be the most useful for their future.
There is usually a historical reason why schools teach certain languages. But as new economies emerge, such languages may no longer be the best ones to learn.
Riots have hit youth detention centres in both Australia and the US.
Australian jurisdictions should enact permanent solutions to juvenile justice crises that replace large and ineffective youth prisons with a safer, more decent alternative.
Over-the-counter medicines such as Ibuprofen and Voltaren are not without some risk.
Anti-inflammatory pain killers such as ibuprofen should no longer be available for sale in grocery stores, but instead restricted to pharmacies.
The foundations of Australian house prices could shift at any time.
Australia's central bank is still trying to walk a delicate tightrope.
The Whanganui River: now a legal person.
Joerg Muller/Ulanwp/Wikimedia Commons
New Zealand's Whanganui River and the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers in India have been given the right to 'sue' over issues like pollution. The challenge now is to ensure these legal rights are enforced.
The Nationals are among the most politically pragmatic members of the Turnbull government.
The impatience of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce with some among the Liberals is palpable.
Robotics as entertainment can help people engage with the real science.
Queensland Museum/World Science Festival Brisbane
If you make science entertaining then people are prepared to pay attention.
Rule change should make it easier for more copyright works to be made available in Braille.
A proposed tweak to the copyright laws should make it easier to reversion protected works for people with disabilities.
In the Fir Tree, children stamp on a discarded – but feeling – Christmas tree.
The Fir Tree, illustrated by George Dalziel and Edward Dalziel, from Out of the Heart: Spoken to the Little Ones, 1867
The Industrial Revolution choked English cities in smog, filled rivers with waste and spread disease in crowded cities. At the same time, fairy tales about humans destroying nature proliferated.
Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs Zed Seselja discusses faith in media on Q&A with fellow panellist Claire Wardle from First Draft, which targets misinformation.
On Q&A, government minister Zed Seselja remarked that surveys showed confidence in media has fallen globally. In Australia, he said, it has dropped lower than in the US. Is he right?
Your best option for treating the pain of sciatica is to seek advice, remain physically active, and wait it out.
Prescriptions of the drug pregabalin to treat sciatica have skyrocketed in recent years. But a new study shows it brings only side effects, and not relief for sufferers.
The government this week introduced a bill that aims to put a stop to secret agreements between employers and unions without the knowledge of union members.
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.
Jonathan Bredin, a co-author of this article, at work.
Photo: Nathan Oxley
New rules offer the possibility of an inclusive Australian society that enables people with the highest disability-related support needs to have equal access to mainstream services including housing.
The uncertainties about the new Badgerys Creek airport in Western Sydney are raising many questions that only good governance can resolve.
Building a second Sydney airport will be a demanding engineering project. But the real challenge will be one of governance needed to choreograph the mix of old and new city that will surround it.
A study has for the first time provided a detailed profile of who mental health carers are and what they do.
A new study has for first time placed a dollar value on how much it would cost the government to replace those who unofficially care for family members with mental illness.