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.
Every week is shark week in the sometimes shady world of consumer finance.
Consumers will always make 'irrational' financial decisions, but behavioural economics could help regulators improve their education role.
While it can make negative events worse, uncertainty also makes positive events more exciting.
Uncertainty is an unavoidable part of life but for many people, it triggers harmful levels of stress. The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to handle uncertainty better.
‘It is difficult to convey the exhilaration that can be received from recognising elements of your own intimate life magnified on a cinema screen.’ Anatomy of a Love Seen screens at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival.
The curators of queer film festivals undertake a challenging task, assembling as best as possible a cinematic selection that reflects what is a very diverse community. Too often, lesbians are left out.
Malcolm Fraser appeared more comfortable in the media gaze out of politics than in it.
Malcolm Fraser’s relationship with the Australian media waxed and waned, from enthusiasm, pragmatism and caution to something, in the end, approaching mutual respect and perhaps even affection.
Malcolm Fraser has passed away at the age of 84.
In his time in office, Malcolm Fraser oversaw the acceptance of southeast Asian refugees and led economic and social welfare reforms.
Come on Australia. Celebrate World Sparrow Day!
Isabel Winney/Peri Bolton
The humble sparrow represents a conduit to nature for many, and its wellbeing is connected to ours. That's reason enough to celebrate World Sparrow Day.
New innovations and technologies, such as the Nanopatch developed by Australian biotech Vaxxas, are instrumental to Australia’s future prosperity, and many benefit from NCRIS facilities, which are now under threat from government cuts.
The government believes innovation will be crucial to our future productivity, yet it is threatening cuts to research infrastructure that is instrumental to promoting innovation and new technologies.
Declining test scores, dwindling participation in maths and science, and too few in early learning: just three of the ways Australia is failing in education.
Australia's facing a slow decline in most educational standards and few are aware just how bad the situation is getting.
Indigenous rangers like Yugul Mangi senior women (from left to right) Edna Nelson, Cherry Daniels and Julie Roy, are crucial guardians of the outback environment.
Remote Indigenous communities aren't just places to live - they are also crucial for supporting ranger programs and other projects that protect the environment in areas that might otherwise go untended.
Antibiotics from both human and animal use end up in our waterways.
We are only beginning to recognise the growing problem of antibiotics polluting our environment, and the serious repercussions it has for health.
Australia’s projected population for 2050 in the fourth Intergenerational Report is 1.9 million larger than the 35.9 million projected by the third report.
How appropriate were the fourth Intergenerational Report's demographic assumptions? Should greater attention be paid to the potential consequences of population growth?
NAB chief Andrew Thorburn has been forced to defend the bank’s reputation after the actions of rogue financial planners were revealed.
There are simple solutions to prevent more financial scandals in Australia - the question is, will the government take them up?
Treasurer Joe Hockey will release the latest intergenerational report on Thursday.
The headline on each Intergenerational Report has focused on the fiscal calamity that might await us: but there is a more positive message.
Ancient artefacts in the Archaeological Museum in Mosul in northern Iraq have been destroyed by ISIS.
Screen shot via YouTube.
Ancient artefacts in the Archaeological Museum in Mosul in northern Iraq have been destroyed by ISIS in recent days, behaviour that forms part of a pattern. The question is why.