The Curtis Island gas precinct is one of the biggest developments along the Great Barrier Reef coast.
The coast alongside the Great Barrier Reef is home to ports, farms, holiday resorts, and more than a million people. It all puts pressure on the Reef, and it's time for some firms plans to manage it.
Convicted Societe Generale rogue trader Jerome Kerviel - part of a bigger system turning a blind eye to industry conflicts.
As long as fund managers and traders work for the same companies, the problems plaguing the financial sector will continue.
There are 100 females for every 80 males at university. Who else goes to uni? And how is it changing?
In 1970 there were 269 male university students per 100 female university students. However females overtook males in 1987 and now there are 80 males for every 100 females.
The MV Shen Neng I spills oil onto the Great Barrier Reef in 2010. Large accidents are rare, but there is still very little monitoring of long-term chronic damage from shipping.
Port traffic near the Great Barrier Reef will more than double by 2025, as coal and other exports grow. While major incidents are rare, the chronic toll on the reef itself still remains largely unknown.
Countries should make pledges to fund low-carbon research - such as developing solar technology - and development as part of global climate talks.
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Countries will take emissions reduction pledges to international climate talks in Paris at the end of this year. Those pledges should also include funds for low-carbon R&D.
Banks including Barclays are being hit with another round of fines for bad behaviour.
Increased regulation is doing little to stem the tide of bank scandals, with fines racking up. It's time more bankers were held to account.
Should primates such as chimpanzees be given rights normally reserved for humans?
The question of furnishing non-human animals with rights normally reserves for humans is more complex than it might seem.
Reducing lead exposure has health, social and economic benefits.
Soil, dust and air-based exposure to lead can interfere with a child's developing nervous systems and cause behavioural and developmental problems.
Treasurer Joe Hockey’s failure to talk about basic measures of the economy in his second budget speech is telling.
A budget speech that fails to discuss basic measures of how the economy going is revealing in itself. Joe Hockey is the first treasurer since at least 1981 not to mention GDP.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey have come under increasing pressure to crack down on tax avoidance and white collar crime.
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If Treasurer Joe Hockey is serious about cracking down on white collar crime, he should bolster the new Serious Financial Crime Taskforce with stronger whistleblower protection legislation.
The superheated Sydney housing market has regulators, and the Reserve Bank, worried.
With rates on the way down the problem of runaway property investing has been left to the regulator APRA. But regulators should not be used as agents of short-term government policy.
Amid the fanfare over the launch of the Powerwall, has Tesla’s Elon Musk struck a decisive blow for renewable energy?
Tesla's new home battery could help halve the costs of electricity for typical American households - all using existing technology. The fossil fuel industry is right to be worried.
Unassisted quitting is mentioned in the guidelines but not as an option to be encouraged.
A preoccupation with pharmaceutically assisted quitting ignores or dismisses the value of unassisted quitting or going "cold turkey".
Most career advice starts late in high school. This is too late for kids from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The unemployment rate for 15 to 19-year-olds is currently 20.1% in Australia. This is over three times the national rate of 6.3% and almost double the unemployment rate of this age group during the first…
Linguist and mother ignoring Steven Pinker’s advice.
There's nothing like raising an infant to help galvanise one of the greatest debates in modern linguistics.
Every tonne of coal burnt is a tonne off the carbon budget to keep warming below 2C.
If we're going to limit global warming to less than 2C, Australia will need to keep more than 90% of its coal reserves in the ground.
The Commonwealth Bank’s chief executive Ian Narev apologised to clients given poor financial planning advice.
Major banks including the ANZ, NAB, the CBA and Macquarie have faced a public humbling, but professed contrition must become real action.
Salman Rushdie claims not to have realised his GoodReads ratings were public.
Negative reaction by other authors to Salman Rushdie’s book ratings demonstrates how sensitive writers can be. But why shouldn’t an author give however many stars they like to a book?
Australia’s Future Fund, chaired by former Treasurer Peter Costello, is not immune to the tax schemes corporations love.
There are many and increasing ways for corporations to minimise tax legally. Solving the problem will take more, not less firepower from the ATO.
Google remains at the centre of international debates over corporate tax practices, but its power should not be underestimated.
With Australia planning its own Google tax, we're likely to see state power and sovereignty come into direct conflict with corporate might.