In each survey or census, people are asked to identify if they are Indigenous.
What may appear to be slow progress or steady outcomes for the whole Indigenous population may be masking worsening results.
Australian universities perform well despite being squeezed of public funds.
The benefits of university are clear and measurable, but we can do more with constructive reform.
Gamblers feel connected to the machine as hospitality keeps them playing for longer.
Pokies companies want to keep their customers "in the zone", that's why they spend so much to keep tabs on them.
Ongoing cost, technology and customer service problems have damaged the NBN brand.
Malcolm Turnbull may be happy with his NBN connection, but many Australians aren't. And with an increasing number of alternatives on offer, the NBN could become a white elephant in Australian cities.
New research estimates that one in seven teens send sexts and one in four receive them.
Rather than telling young people not to sext, we should encourage them to think about sexting as part of a broader negotiation of intimate relationships.
Today the Commonwealth exists as an organisation in search of a rationale.
Without a clear full stop there can be no certainty that the unravelling of the British Empire has ended even now.
So many stars above an Australian cemetery.
Flickr/Indigo Skies Photography
On a clear night you can see thousands of stars in the night sky, and there are billions more in our galaxy alone. But are the official star names really up for sale?
Tony Abbott addresses the Sydney institute.
Blaming immigration for low wage growth, infrastructure congestion and housing affordability is based on simplistic notions of supply and demand.
Researchers talk to Bruny Islanders who have signed up to an experimental new method of managing energy.
Our energy system puts consumers more or less at the mercy of business and regulators. What if the future of energy meant putting the power back in the hands of households?
The Darling River near Menindee, NSW.
Tim Keegan/Wikimedia Commons
New South Wales has pledged to walk away from the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, while Victoria's water minister has declared the plan 'over'.
Gudkov Andrey / shutterstock
To save the orangutans we must both protect their forests and stop any hunting and killing within them.
One of the paradoxes of wage policy is that ultimately governments are held responsible and blamed for poor results, but governments are but one player in a complex system of wage adjustment.
History tells us governments do not always get what they wish for, and in fact often perverse outcomes flow from policy choices.
The targets relating to Year 12 attainment, preschool enrolment, and childhood mortality are on track to be closed, according to the 2018 Closing the Gap report.
Care needs to be taken in interpreting progress on closing the gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and ascribing it to actual policy change.
Although it is very hot, when lava flows over the ground, it generally does not melt the soil or rock.
Marcella Cheng/The Conversation
The short answer is that while lava is hot, it's not hot enough to melt the rocks that make up the side of the volcano.
Prime Minister Bob Hawke celebrates the final cabinet meeting in Old Parliament House, 1988.
National Archives of Australia
A new ABC documentary presents a nostalgic but compelling overview of one of Australia's most successful prime ministers.
Despite billions spent on trying to save water in the Murray Darling Basin, results have been disappointing.
A dozen leading researchers have issued an urgent call to action for the Murray-Darling Basin, arguing that the billions spent on water-efficient irrigation have done little for the rivers' health.
How will our children view this period in Manus in the future?
Michelle Rooney, 2017
The detention centre for asylum seekers generated some economic benefits for Manus Islanders. But how would their forefathers have reasoned with the incarceration of men in exchange for development and money?
Rocket Lab successfully launched its Electron rocket from the company’s complex on the Māhia Peninsula in New Zealand.
There are plenty of astronomical things to watch out for this year beyond this week's lunar eclipse, including new Moon landings and a space station falling back to Earth.
The Loy Yang power station ‘tripped’ early in the year, triggering fears of a summer of blackouts.
February is the riskiest time of the year for blackouts, as the nation returns to work and school and soaring temperatures put pressure on the system.
A proposed model for an Australian republic encourages active citizenship while preserving the non-partisan, ceremonial role of the head of state.
This model for an Australian republic aims to ensure the process of a choosing a head of state is democratic, but also that the dignity of the office is maintained.