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Australia’s political representatives have the ability to legislate on a wide range of matters. Marriage is one of them. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Explainer: what is parliament’s role in the marriage equality debate?

As the government hints the marriage equality plebiscite may be delayed until 2017, calls intensify for the parliament to legislate on the issue instead. So what is parliament's role here?
If enough people from a particular group don’t complete the Census, it can disrupt the data. Shutterstock

Forget the Census undercount, what matters is bias

If the response rate to the 2016 Census is lower than expected, it could compromise our ability to draw meaningful information from the data.
The bids from two Chinese firms for the lease of NSW electricity network Ausgrid have been rejected by the Australian Treasurer. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Changing state-owned enterprises provide less cause for Chinese investment fears

The Chinese government is changing its role in state-owned enterprises and there's less cause for concern about the investment bids of these firms in Australia.
The act of taking a census is as old as civilisation itself. AAP/Dean Lewins

Explainer: what is the census, and why does it matter?

Census data have a real impact on the lives of Australians, from determining political representation through the distribution of electorates, to the allocation of government funding.
Clean water and access to food are two of the most priceless ecosystem services.

Without action, Asia-Pacific ecosystems could lose a third of their value by 2050

Current land-use patterns could see the value of 'ecosystem services' – the natural processes that sustain life – plummet by mid-century. But with the right policies we can turn this trend around.
The ABS has safeguards to protect privacy and secure data collected in the census. AAP/Alan Porritt

Census 2016: should you be concerned about your privacy?

Privacy fears over longer retention of names and addresses in Census 2016 are understandable, but are also misinformed and exaggerated.
Under a cloud: South Australia’s wind farms have been blamed for price spikes, but without them the volatility would be even worse. Tim Phillips Photos/Wikimedia Commons

South Australia’s electricity price woes are more due to gas than wind

South Australia's electricity price spikes during this month's calm weather have been blamed on its reliance on wind turbines. But a bigger problem is the rising price of gas-fired power.
Now that the election is done and dusted what needs to change in politics? Dean Lewins/AAP

Lessons from the election

The major parties seem to be having considerable difficulty drawing lessons from the recent election campaign. Of course, there are many. The most obvious, but probably the most difficult for them to accept…
En Australie, des études ont montré que le gecko posséderait au moins dix espèces « cryptiques ». www.shutterstock.com

Biodiversité, combien de millions d’espèces ?

La Terre est couverte d’espèces variées, des plus grandes aux plus petites. Mais nous pensons maintenant qu’il pourrait y avoir dix fois plus d’espèces que l’on pensait à l’origine.

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