Children living in the most disadvantaged areas will average half the NAPLAN scores in reading, writing and numeracy tests than those living in the least disadvantaged areas.
The gap between the most and least advantaged areas in Australia is reflected in educational inequality.
Are front-line bank staff trained to detect elder abuse?
The Law Reform Commission has recommended that banks take 'reasonable steps' to protect vulnerable Australians.
Heavy alcohol consumption over ten years or more can cause significant brain function problems. But what about casual drinking?
New research shows an association between moderate drinking and long-term brain impairment. But there are a few reasons to be cautious about these findings.
Social Services Minister Christian Porter, speaking on Q&A.
Social Services Minister Christian Porter told Q&A that 'rates of drug use amongst unemployed are 2.5 times higher than amongst employed people'. Is that correct?
Generally, people under 40 have reported a decrease in recent illicit drug usage since 2001, while people 40 or older have reported an increase in recent years.
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The proportion of population who use legal and illegal drugs has remained stable or trended down. Fewer young people are using, but the proportion of older people using drugs and alcohol has grown.
Less diverse investments mean women often have less in retirement.
On top of a gender wealth gap, Australian women have less diversified investment portfolios than men. This leads to bigger risks and reduced resources in retirement.
ASKAP at night.
It used to take weeks to find any of these mysterious signals from deep in space but when the new telescope started looking it found one within days. Then another.
Recent figures show that women are adversely effected by the 2017 federal budget.
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The 2017 budget contains initiatives that help alleviate some of the worst aspects of its predecessors. However, it doesn't radically turn things around for women.
Even though Sydney’s population growth (at 14%) is below the average across all capital cities, its housing supply failed to match this growth.
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Data on housing supply in Australia's capital shows that while it's increasing in areas with lots of jobs, house prices are too high for those who might want to move for work.
Unless the demand pressures are eased, first home buyers are still likely to be crowded out of the market.
The budget acknowledges the crisis of affordability for first home buyers, but fails to do enough about demand pressures on prices to put home ownership back within their reach.
With the 2017 Federal Budget release fast approaching, take a look back at the spending patterns of previous Australian governments.
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Total government spending has increased over time. But the pressure on the budget under a Turnbull government is more acute now than ever before, because spending is outpacing revenue.
With so many choices for coffee, it’s hard to know which is the environmentally healthy option.
Your cup of coffee might cost the world more than you think, but a little knowledge goes a long way if you want to make an eco-friendly choice.
Diverse bushland and wetlands in urban areas contribute to the health and wellbeing of all residents.
Urban bushland has health benefits beyond being a great place to go for a walk. Planners need to consider these when making decisions about the future of our cities.
DaddyOFive parents Mike and Heather Martin issue an apology for their prank videos.
As the case of US YouTube channel DaddyOFive shows, there's a fine line between pranking your kids and exploitation.
13 Reasons Why is the story of high-school student Hannah, who took her own life and left 13 tapes explaining why.
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While there are some some safety concerns about watching the show, 13 Reasons Why raises many issues relevant to adolescents – and we should learn from them.
More than 6,000 passengers have travelled on the RAC’s driverless electric shuttle bus during a recent trial in South Perth.
There's every chance that, if mismanaged, driverless vehicle technologies will entrench the ills of car dependency.
After years of low interest rates, economic growth is back.
After years of deflation and disinflation, the economy is "reflating". But it might not last.
Western Australia’s largest private solar array covers the roof of this food distribution centre in Perth’s south.
Despite its name, the National Electricity Market doesn't reach WA. But those charged with guiding the eastern states' energy transition should look west once in a while.
Governments alone cannot bridge the gaps and support affordable housing for seniors.
Any significant decline in home ownership or equity in a home impacts higher care needs: older people will not have an asset to sell to fund the bonds required to enter aged care accommodation.
Peter Lyndon-James turned his life around and went on to establish a private rehabilitation service in Perth.
Shalom House calls itself the 'strictest drug rehabilitation centre in the country' but evidence of its so-called success is anecdotal at best.