California has realised that investing in renewables is smart economic policy.
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Ramping up investment in renewable energy would put Australia on a footing with competitors such as China, Germany and California, which are set to reap the economic benefits of this emerging sector.
Some firms are ditching annual performance reviews and replacing them with more regular evaluations.
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Much of the work we do cannot be properly measured, and yet we often get judged unfairly for it.
Last week, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) issued an information paper comparing the capital ratios of Australian banks against 98 international competitors, noting that the largest…
Some welcome the possibility of drugs altering our brain for the better, others are concerned about altering our brains at all.
Scientists seek out drugs to cure what ails us but we now know that some common medications affect our moral capacity. Since it's happening already, the question is, should we be worried?
Not all bees are honeybees. This is a green ‘sweat’ bee.
Data from all over the globe suggest that bees are in decline, and we may lose a lot more than honey if bees are unable to cope with the changing climate and increasing demand for agricultural land.
Conduct risk is the hipster of the regulatory world. Whereas Credit risk is solid and sensible and Market risk is sharp-suited and dodgy, Conduct risk harks back to gentler times, when traditional values…
Cybersecurity is becoming increasingly important.
Online infrastructure and business are becoming increasingly important, as is our need to focus research efforts on securing them from cyber-attack.
Many covers of Nabokov’s novel convey the false impression of Lolita as a young seductress.
The discrepancy between cover designs for Lolita – published 60 years ago – and the themes of the novel are stark. But that hasn't stopped hundreds of designers trying to get it right.
Digging in: China’s UN climate pledge shows it is serious about doing the heavy lifting in going green.
China's formal climate target shows that the world's largest greenhouse emitter is determined to green its economy on an unprecedented scale - and that it can bring the rest of the world along for the ride.
If proposed Victorian laws are enacted, they will be a world-first for donor-conception.
Historically, donors were told it was best they were anonymous, while recipients were told it was best not to tell their child.
Libertarians have a deeply atomising picture about communities, states, even about what it is to be human.
David Leyonhjelm's parliamentary inquiry into what he calls “the nanny state” reflects a view of human beings as essentially independent individuals. But that's not kind of society most of us want.
The Chief Justice of the Federal Circuit Court suggested Australia had an obligation to track down and look after the welfare of such children.
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Fresh details have emerged of a 2012 case of an Australian couple who were delivered twins via a commercial surrogacy arrangement in India, but brought only one twin home. Does Australia have obligations to ensure the other twin's welfare?
Both the ASX and ASIC were aware BBY was struggling before its collapse but allowed it to continue trading.
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As investors and unsecured creditors remain in limbo over the collapse of financial services group BBY, where were the regulators?
If universities' main aim is securing funding for their survival, learning takes a back seat.
Universities' pursuit of stable income streams means they are corrupting the reason they exist in the first place.
Only one banker has been forced to serve prison time as a result of the global financial crisis.
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Jailing bankers for failing to uphold an ethical code is possible - it's simply a matter of enforcing current laws.
Funding CCTV cameras annihilated a proposal in NSW to create a mentoring program directed at young women in prisons or undergoing release.
Women coming out of jail require forms of assistance that are not simply directed at technologies for prevention or elimination of recidivism, but rather that are focused on health and well-being.
For a modest amount, the Custody Notification Service provides NSW with one of the most effective strategies in curbing Indigenous deaths in police custody.`
Without the Custody Notification Service in NSW, deaths of Indigenous people in police custody will almost certainly increase, along with the over-representation of Indigenous people in prison.
What if jet fuel could be grown sustainably?
What if you could grow biofuels on land nobody wants, using just seawater and sunlight, and produce food at the same time?
ASIC Chairman Greg Medcraft wants to be able to charge banks that enable damaging corporate culture.
Recent regulator outrage about the state of banking culture overlooks the fact regulators often look the other way.
Our research metrics have been twisted from their original purpose to determine quality.
Metrics are changing the way research is conducted and funded, and for the worse. They need to be radically revised to measure genuine scientific output.