Did Australia already have a deposit guarantee in place in 2008?
Kevin Rudd believed he protected Australians from the global financial crisis with a bank deposit guarantee. But we already had one.
Pencil pines are found nowhere else in the world, and are extremely sensitive to fire.
Bushfires are threatening Tasmania’s World Heritage area and ancient plants, warning us of a possible future under climate change.
Football’s Asian Cup dominated Korean-language news coverage of Australia over the past year.
Australia struggles to rise above the fray in Korean news, consigned to one of a number of countries that form an international community. But football seems to be a clear exception to this.
Fumigating mosquitos in Venezuela: the Zika virus has wide-ranging implications for largely Catholic nations in Latin America and elsewhere.
Love, sex and babies are the foundation of human existence. Without them the human race ceases to exist. Zika has suddenly disrupted this normal course of events.
Labor has announced it would fully fund Gonski if it wins government.
Labor has announced it will commit to fully funding Gonski, with a reform package costing $37.3 billion over the next decade.
But is this actually what the Gonski review recommended?
The Earth as seen from space – looks curved from up there.
Flickr/NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
It might seem crazy to believe the world is flat. But for some people it reinforces a narrative that gives their lives meaning.
Symptoms that can signify autism can also mean other things.
A recent survey of paediatricians found they often lacked enough information to accurately diagnose an Autism Spectrum Disorder in children.
Parents often don’t realise their child has a right to be enrolled and to receive an equal standard of education in a private school.
Parents need to be pushier and demand private school places for their children.
How have student enrolment patterns changed since the government introduced the “demand-driven” system in 2012?
AAP Image/Paul Miller
Is Universities Australia right to say that new data shows that the growth in new university enrolments has flat-lined?
Eric Abetz is resisting pressure to fall in line with the outcome of a plebiscite on same-sex marriage.
How far should party discipline go? Not as far as certain proponents of same-sex marriage would like it to in the Liberal Party.
Donald Trump will likely do well in Iowa, but that doesn’t guarantee his success in gaining the Republican presidential nomination.
Media agencies are fascinated with polls because until there is an election, they have to report something.
The Australian dollar has remained low for some time, but the expected growth uptick is yet to arrive.
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The reporting of “higher than expected” inflation seemed a bit overblown.
Guy Grey-Smith’s Rottnest connects strongly to the land.
Detail from Guy Grey-Smith, Rottnest, 1954-57, oil on canvas, 61.2x76.5 cm (h,w), The University of Western Australia Art Collection, Tom Collins Bequest Fund, 1957, © The University of Western Australia
Guy Grey-Smith’s painting showcases the insistent rhythms of the indigenous vegetation and the rolling, flowing movements that take our eye meandering across the landscape and back towards the horizon.
Enough! There is a way to end the harassment of women in science.
The public outing of a number of high profile scientists in sexual harassment cases shows the current system of protecting women isn’t working. But there is a solution.
A ‘flat-Earth’ map drawn by Orlando Ferguson in 1893. This rendering of a flat Earth still gets some truck today.
We often hear that most people throughout history believed the world was flat. But that’s not entirely true.
Plugging in: more energy efficient cars are just one of the ways to improve energy productivity.
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‘Energy productivity’ is the new buzz-phrase in energy and climate policy, what even is it?
What’s hiding in your garden this summer?
Have a look in your garden - you might be surprised at some of the native animals that thrive there when the weather’s hot.
In relation to this FactCheck, Universities Australia Chief Executive Belinda Robinson told The Conversation that: There is no contradiction at all in these statements. They are two, of numerous, issues…
It’s not all bad news.
These days it doesn’t just affect the rich: rates of gout have been increasing globally since the 1960s.
Why do most Australian streaming services not offer basic accessibility features?
One year after the first video on demand service launched in Australia, why do most companies not offer basic accessibility features for disabled audiences?
More volatility than exuberance.
Sharemarkets may welcome monetary intervention, but indications of growth are needed.
China’s income level is at a critical stage.
The history of middle incomes countries shows China’s “miracle growth” probably won’t continue.
Coalition senator Eric Abetz claims he and other Liberal MPs do not have to respect the result of a coming plebiscite on same-sex marriage.
It is easy to envisage a number of arguments that MPs might use in an attempt to justify ignoring the result of a same-sex marriage plebiscite and voting contrary to its result.
We’ve all heard BMI has shortcomings, so what scale should we use to predict our optimum weight?
Public health authorities are forever telling us how much we should weigh, but there is one essential element missing: shape.
There has been a rapid expansion of the tasks now carried out on a daily basis around Australia by private security personnel.
The legal status of private security staff is, for the most part, decidedly uncertain.