Detail from Jenny Watson’s The Pretty Face of Domesticity, 2014, oil and synthetic polymer paint on velvet striped shantung.
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Transit, Mechelen ©the artist
A major exhibition of Jenny Watson's work at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art spans 40 years in the creative life of a rule-breaking Australian artist.
Journalist Mehdi Hasan responds to a question from a Q&A audience member.
Do Muslim couples in Australia have 'on average 4.5 children' while other couples have '1.5 children'? Could Australia have a 'Muslim majority' in 'a couple' of generations? Let's check the evidence.
None of the studies on domestic violence rates among church-goers are Australian.
Comprehensive, independent Australian data regarding domestic violence within churches is long overdue.
Peter Dutton (right) is set to assume responsibility for the newly created home affairs portfolio.
The move to consolidate security agencies under one minister upends generations of conventions on how security intelligence and executive police powers are managed separately.
We’re increasingly seeing bugs in Australia resistant to many antibiotics. We’re yet to see one resistant to ALL antibiotics.
In the last decade we've seen a ten-fold increase in the number of bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotics.
Is the evolution of human-like intelligence inevitable, or exceptional?
How can life on Earth help us understand life in space? To answer this question, we compare biological clocks and geological rocks and find that they tick uniformly.
South Korea’s subtly calibrated risk aversion in the face of outrageous North Korean aggression has kept the two countries from war.
An aggressive posture is one thing – but doing something about it is another, as countries factor in the costs and risks of aggression.
Donald Horne saw Australia as a country that had got lucky, but was squandering its luck.
Donald Horne saw Australia as a lucky country that was squandering its luck. His bold ideas captured the nation's imagination. But being a public intellectual is no longer easy. Who will come up with the next grand ideas?
International migrants are key contributors to the unskilled workforce.
Regional settlement of migrants benefits both new arrivals and local communities.
Some mothers in countries such as India and Cambodia sell surplus milk to make maternity leave affordable.
Sander van der Wel/flickr
The potential for exploitation is rife in the international market for breast milk. Fair trade and fair pay regulations are crucial to protect consumers in Australia and suppliers abroad.
A new book expresses concern that the ‘average American’ has base knowledge so low that it is now plummeting to ‘aggressively wrong’.
Tom Nichols' book The Death of Expertise examines why the relationship between experts and citizens in a democracy is collapsing, and what can be done about it.
A new paper improves our estimate of the climate’s sensitivity to carbon dioxide.
A new analysis suggests that weather records have not yet had time to capture the full effects of climate change, some of which are likely to take centuries to play out.
The G20 displayed unprecedented global economic leadership in the past. That leadership is needed again today.
The G20 has stopped showing economic leadership at a time when risks are high. Australia can play a role in addressing this.
The region with the most unequal incomes in Australia is Melbourne City, where the top 20% have an income that is 8.3 times as high as those in the bottom 20%.
Census data shows there is income inequality between, but also within, regions of Australia.
An Australian Public Service study found blind recruitment made things worse for women and members of ethnic minorities.
Behavioural economics is severely limited in its approach to inequality. Fortunately, other psychological approaches are better suited.
Despite expert recommendations to adopt a population policy, Australian governments continue to resist.
Considering all the aspects of life in Australia that are affected by population, it's remarkable that the nation doesn't have a national policy on it.
Legacies of genocidal phases have scarred the Aboriginal psyches.
Very little is known about suicide and suicide attempts during modern genocides – but we do know there is an aftermath of suicide among victims.
The Liberal Party contains moderates like George Brandis, Christopher Pyne and Malcolm Turnbull, and conservatives such as Tony Abbott, Eric Abetz and Peter Dutton.
With fringe right parties feasting on the margins of conservative political discontent in Australia, deeper questions are being asked about whether the Liberal Party itself is at risk.
Australia’s Indigenous population is growing – rapidly.
The census mostly delivered a good news story on Indigenous Australian outcomes, but it is unclear to what extent this correlates to improved lives for Indigenous families.
Much of the change in partnering in Australia has been in response to changing legal and social norms.
There has been a decrease in the proportion of Australians who are married, and an increase in co-habitation of both heterosexual and same-sex relationships.