Online petitions almost certainly do not hold the same weight with their targets as offline petitions do.
Online petitions send a certain signal to politicians and other leaders: we care, but maybe not enough to get off our seats.
Children from a village in Papua New Guinea’s Western Highlands Province stand in one of countless sweet potato gardens destroyed by frost across the country, August 2015.
Papua New Guinea is now facing a drought and frosts that look set to be worse than 1997, when hundreds of people died. So how can memories of 1997 save lives over the next few months?
US forces have been making targeted airstrikes over Syria since late 2014.
Reuters/Hamad I Mohammed
Australian air attacks against Islamic State targets in Syria would not be definitely legal but not definitely illegal.
Dyson Heydon prided himself throughout his judicial career on the robust independence and intellectual integrity he brought to the role.
How has a former judge with an avowed commitment to judicial independence and probity found himself at the centre of a very public controversy over his own impartiality?
Australians are living and working longer, marrying later and earning more that past generations.
Divorce rates are on the decline in Australia, people are marrying and having children later in life, and more of us live alone. Our experts respond to the new report on Australia's welfare.
Conventional wisdom says Barack Obama will hit political obstacles on the way to fulfilling his climate ambitions. But they might be easier to sidestep than you think,
Much has been made of the domestic political roadblocks between US President Barack Obama and climate action. But by using existing treaties he can get around the hostile Congress and help cut global emissions.
B.A. Santamaria (left) is the subject of a new biography by political commentator Gerard Henderson.
Gerard Henderson has produced a rounded and at times fascinating portrait of B. A. Santamaria. His broad conclusion is that Santamaria was a compelling, skilled and persuasive man who was enormously devoted to his causes.
Robots in chains but are they really to blame when AI does something wrong?
There is much debate on the ethics of artificial intelligence machines that are designed to kill. But who's responsible when a non-lethal AI system causes damage, harm or even death?
Bitcoin functions like money, but the ATO treats it as a commodity for tax purposes.
The tax treatment of Bitcoin has been holding back the industry in Australia, but gradually the rules are changing.
Danny Nalliah’s Rise Up Australia is one example of a far-right, ‘moralistic’ party that has sprung up in recent years.
Far-right movements and parties in Australia will continue to create interest, given their policies and method of operation. Their future longevity, however, is by no means assured.
Environment minister Greg Hunt and Prime Minister Tony Abbott announce Australia’s 2030 climate target.
AAP Image/Lukas Coch
Australia’s new emissions target is not “squarely in the middle of comparable economies". Towards the bottom of the pack of comparable countries, on key indicators. But Australia is coming to the party, and that counts for a lot.
Even in science the adage rings true: don’t believe everything you read.
Just as no one ever assumed that everything in print was trustworthy, neither should that be the case for open access content.
We have an array of prevention agencies, lifeline programs, and public mantras about "being in life". So why don't they seem to work in rural and remote communities?
Sea level rise is one of the biggest worries of climate change. This image is from the Witness King Tides project, which aims to visualise sea level rise using large tides and storm surges.
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Sea level rise represents one of the most worrying aspects of global warming, potentially displacing millions of people along coasts, low river valleys, deltas and islands.
The Law Reform Commission has likely given George Brandis much more than he was expecting in the review of rights-limiting laws that he asked for.
The federal government has to be on the back foot after a Law Reform Commission report identified that It has been the champion of many rights-limiting laws.
The US EPA’s Clean Power Plan will cut power sector emissions 32% by 2030.
President Obama's new targets for emissions from electricity are a crucial step towards a credible US climate policy. And where the United States leads, others are more likely to follow.
Cafe workers are among many that stand to lose Sunday penalty rates.
Sunday penalty rates will go under Productivity Commission recommendations, but overall our workplace system was basically operating well, it found.
Works from the Hermitage Museum, the Winter Palace, St Petersburg, are on show in Melbourne.
Photo: Pavel Demidov. Images courtesy of NGV.
The selection of masterpieces from the Hermitage in Russia, currently on show at the National Gallery of Victoria, can be summed up by a single word: spectacular.
The UN: success of Sustainable Development goals depends very much on process.
The UN's lofty Sustainable Development Goals will fall flat without more attention to how the many interested parties work together.
The prime minister described Labor’s renewables pledge as “truly bizarre”.
AAP Image/Mick Tsikas
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said this week that Labor's pledge to source half the nation's power from renewable energy by 2030 will "mean a massive bill, perhaps $60 billion or more, that will have to be carried by the consumers of Australia." Is that right?