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The Curtis Island gas precinct is one of the biggest developments along the Great Barrier Reef coast. AAP Image/Greenpeace

Development and the Reef: the rules have been lax for too long

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.
There are 100 females for every 80 males at university. Who else goes to uni? And how is it changing? from www.shutterstock.com.au

Who goes to university? The changing profile of our students

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. AAP Image/AMSA

Shipping in the Great Barrier Reef: the miners' highway

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. University of Salford Press Office/Flickr

What’s missing from our climate pledges? Low-carbon R&D

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.
Treasurer Joe Hockey’s failure to talk about basic measures of the economy in his second budget speech is telling. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Three missing letters say it all about Hockey’s budget pitch

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. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Hockey targets white collar crime, but forgets whistleblowers

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.
Amid the fanfare over the launch of the Powerwall, has Tesla’s Elon Musk struck a decisive blow for renewable energy? YouTube/Tesla Motors

The Tesla battery heralds the beginning of the end for fossil fuels

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.
Most career advice starts late in high school. This is too late for kids from disadvantaged backgrounds. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Career studies and advice: start early or don’t start at all

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…
Salman Rushdie claims not to have realised his GoodReads ratings were public. EPA/Helmut Fohringer

Should authors Rushdie to judgment as book reviewers?

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?

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