Where to next on higher education reform?
Though more moderate than the 2014 version, the new higher education reform package represents groundhog day for the major political parties.
Around one in seven Australia households either cannot get into housing at market rates or are struggling to pay the rent.
One in seven Australian households is in a state of housing need. A shortfall in social housing supply means some are locked out of the market and others pay much more for rent than they can afford.
In the beginning, the Universe expanded very, very fast.
What caused the Big Bang is still a mystery. And that's just one of the many unanswered questions, in spite of everything we do know about the birth of the Universe.
This quenda seems to have been a victim of land clearing.
More than 50 million birds, mammals and reptiles are thought to be killed each year in New South Wales and Queensland by the removal of native vegetation, and planning laws are failing to protect them.
Unexpected increases in housing prices could have caused buyers considering home ownership to borrow more in order to buy a house, and encouraged homeowners to spend more through withdrawing the equity from their homes.
Research finds higher levels of housing debt among pre-retirees are linked to them working for longer.
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.
More than a bit of harmless fun: last year there were 247 ambulance requests for young women aged 13 to 18 in Western Australia.
A record number of underage drinkers sought urgent medical attention in Western Australia last year, and young women made up the majority.
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.
Labor’s figure of 700,000 is based largely on a McKell Institute report.
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In a recorded phone call to voters, Labor leader Bill Shorten said that “cuts to penalty rates will rip off 700,000 workers”. Is that true?
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.
The AiGroup’s Innes Willox, speaking on Q&A.
The AiGroup's Innes Willox told Q&A that Australia has one of the highest progressive tax rates in the developed world. Is that true?
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.