Queensland's 120-year-old mistake of fact excuse allows defendants to argue they honestly and reasonably believed the other person consented to sex — even if they did not.
Three young women attracted backlash this week after failing to quarantine and bringing COVID-19 into Queensland. But public shaming could discourage people from following public health advice.
A crowd can exhilarate the ephemeral power within us. Whether a packed stadium or a mosh pit, crowds brought us together in ways that were more than physical.
My analysis suggests when COVID-19 cases reach 100 over 14 days, an outbreak gets very difficult to control — as we saw in Victoria. Over the last fortnight, NSW has recorded at least 154 new cases.
States should only open their borders once they have eliminated coronavirus – and should only open them to states which have similarly achieved disease elimination.
Smoke haze from the bushfires in NSW drifted over Sydney on November 12.
Smoke from the bushfires has impacted air quality in affected and surrounding areas. To minimise any health risks, people with pre-existing medical conditions should take extra care.
The election review is proportionate in the blame it sends Bill Shorten’s way.
While the post-mortem is oddly silent on some issues and clearly struggling with others, it nonetheless provides a thoughtful analysis of where the party went wrong in the 2019 election.
Ferrodraco lentoni, Australia’s newest prehistoric species.
Travis R. Tischler
A 'game-changing' fossil pterosaur suggests these species could easily fly between continents, helping to explain why similar specimens have been found all over the world.
AAP Image/Sea Shepherd Australia
Queensland can no longer cull sharks in protected areas of the Great Barrier Reef, but it's time to move away from culls, nets and drumlines altogether. There are better ways to keep our beaches safe.
Healesville Sanctuary, Werribee Open Range Zoo
Billions of bogong moths are setting out from Queensland, but not reaching Victoria. We need citizen scientists to help figure out where they're ending up.
Fires are burning across Queensland and New South Wales.
AAP Image/Dan Peled
Climate change makes every risk factor for major bushfires worse, which means massive, intense fires will only become more likely.
Antarctic winds have a huge effect on weather in other places.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr
Each spring, winds circling the South Pole weaken. If they weaken enough, they can actually reverse – causing rapid warming.
Are southern-born politicians talking about a state they essentially don’t understand?
Queensland still mystifies too many politicians but its needs are surprisingly simple.
The Conversation 100 MB (download)
Two Queensland-based experts discuss what so many politicians and pundits get wrong about the Sunshine State – and what its citizens are crying out for.
Queensland’s January 2019 floods were so large their scale could only be accurately captured from space.
Six months after huge floods swept Queensland we can start to appreciate the huge effect they had on native species.
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…
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.
For young women in Queensland, the risk of unwanted sexual attention is high when they go out at night.
Rates of unwelcome advances haven't changed under Queensland's 'Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence' policies. In one entertainment district, it happened to 26% of women the night they were interviewed.
Queenslanders are drinking heavily when they go out and breathalyser tests show most don’t realise how drunk they are.
Even after 'Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence' policies took effect in 2016, Queenslanders still drink more heavily on nights out. Reported levels of aggression are higher than in other states too.
Public alarm at alcohol-related violence led the Queensland government to change liquor licensing laws in 2016. The results of a two-year evaluation are now in.
A comprehensive two-year evaluation of statewide measures introduced in 2016 has shown it's possible to reduce alcohol-related violence while also producing economic benefits.
The view from the back verandah of the house where the city met the bush.
When Matthew Condon began writing about corruption in Queensland he discovered that members of his own family had cameos in the narrative.