When participants enter the NDIS, they go through a planning process to determine their reasonable and necessary supports.
The NDIS was set up with the philosophy of choice and empowerment. Yet participants have little control over their support plans and aren't allowed to view them before they are approved.
Where do chickens look when they’re scratching for food?
Chicken eyes are stranger than you think: they can look up and down at the same time.
Maggie Cywink, of Whitefish River First Nation, holds up a sign behind Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a summit in Ottawa in support of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The Indigenous in New Zealand have fared better than First Nations in Canada in terms of self-determination. Why? It's about a lot more than geography, land mass and language.
Australia’s species, like this green python, are remarkable, and need far better protection.
Australia's species, like this green python, are remarkable and need far better protection.
Nitrous oxide inhaled out of a balloon gives the user euphoric feelings.
"Nangs" are cheap, legal and easy to get - but like most drugs, they are also highly dangerous.
A supporter of the opposition leader Raila Odinga faces off against riot police officers during a protest in Nairobi.
Elections in Kenya are never just a matter of casting ballots. Historically, they have been marred by ethno-political violence, exacerbated by vigilantes and militias deployed by politicians.
New Zealand Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern, centre, and deputy leader Kelvin Davis, a Maori, far left, answer questions from the media in August in Wellington, New Zealand. Following the Sept. 23 election, Ardern could became the country’s next prime minister if she can convince minor parties to support her.
(AP Photo/Nick Perry)
While the Maori Party got wiped out in this weekend's New Zealand election, there's still a Maori presence in the country's political system. That's why Canadian First Nations should take note.
The travelling stock routes are a precious national resource.
Australia's iconic stock routes are now public land, used for everything from conservation to recreation. A government review may change that.
Antifa, or militant progressives, have always existed and flourished in democracies.
The anti-fascist movement, or 'antifa', has undergone more of an evolution of progressive militancy than a birth.
A quail chick hatching.
Have you ever heard chicks peeping in the egg? Have you ever wondered how they manage to take their first breath in the shell?
Cars are basically computers on wheels. That means they can be hacked.
Modern cars are computers on wheels. We should make sure they're cyber-secure.
A small number of people, who probably use other party drugs, use ketamine recreationally.
At higher doses ketamine is used to induce a trance-like state, sedate people with burns or other traumatic injuries, or as an anaesthetic to perform short operations.
Iraqis celebrate the recapture of Mosul from Islamic State.
While Islamic State might be taking significant blows, including the recapture of the key Iraqi city, there is no reason to expect the violent and radical group will disappear.
Migration legislation does not require judicial authorisation for a person to be deprived of their freedom.
In a free society, it ought never to be lawful for a government to detain people by executive order alone.
These migratory pied imperial-pigeons in Far North Queensland, like many of Australia’s 22 species of native pigeons and doves, play an important role in our ecosystems but may be at risk from emerging viruses in domestic pigeons.
Two recently emerging viruses in domestic pigeons in Australia may pose a significant threat to Australia's 22 species of native pigeons and doves, many of which have crucial ecosystem roles.
Parents need to adopt new roles to encourage learning when their kids transition to primary school.
The transition from early learning parent involvement to primary school level often leads to less face time with school and teachers and more home-based support for children.
Muslim women were particular targets of abuse.
A new report finds that Islamophobia is prevalent in Australia – to ignore it would only entrench the problem more deeply.
The Murray-Darling Basin is an incredibly complex ecological system.
A recent report argues more water is needed to resurrect the Murray-Darling Basin. But simply increasing river flow alone could actually harm the Basin.
Films like Mean Girls often show the high school jungle, but they lack the gravitas of films such as Boyhood.
The success of Wonder Woman has demonstrated an appetite for female leads in Hollywood films. So where are the movies that tell truth about young women's lives?
The Chinese hoax.
One of China’s foremost environmental analysts recently explained to me that while for many years climate change was characterized as a western conspiracy to hold China back, it all changed around 2012…