Parents don’t care which school is public or private, they just want the one with the best resources and facilities for their child.
If private schools offer little academic value over public schools, why do 35% of Australian parents continue to choose to pay the hefty fees rather than sending their child to the local state school…
The Cotton On Group’s code of conduct reflects a misunderstanding of what they should be used for.
Codes of conduct can be useful and strategic for employers, but too many are contradictory and vague.
Astronomers from around the world identify their favourite images sent back to Earth by the Hubble Space Telescope.
As tabloid news outlets invite us to feast on the “craziest” and most “insane” images of the Sydney storms this week from social media, University of Western Australia vice-chancellor Paul Johnson has…
Lest we forget is an expression with dignified origins, a rich history and a budding linguistic fossil.
This Anzac Day the words "lest we forget" will often be spoken. It's a usage that we don't otherwise hear. Why do linguistic fossils such as "lest we forget" linger – and how do they help us remember the fallen?
Rising imprisonment rates are the result of political responses to media and public agitation for tougher sentences.
Some claim rising crime rates justify jailing more people, others that such policies cut crime. Evidence from around the world shows those claims are wrong and that we should be looking at inequality.
Gaining entry into selective schools is highly competitive.
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The parents of high achieving students often think of selective entry schools as the ideal option for their child. But do these schools churn out well-rounded young adults, or students trained for exams and little else?
Girls are more interested in IT when learning is targeted at them.
The way IT is taught in schools means girls are less likely to continue on to further study. When you take the boys out of class and direct teaching to the girls, interest in IT increases.
The Hubble Space Telescope hovers at the boundary of Earth and space.
Twenty-five years on and the Hubble Space Telescope is still taking some amazing images. But there have been a few glitches over the years, right from day one.
The cut to China’s reserve requirement ratio (RRR) can also be seen as a move against China’s unregulated shadow banking sector.
The 100 basis points cut by the People's Bank of China is as much as about containing unregulated credit within China as a bolster to slowing growth.
Sports scientist Stephen Dank outside his Ascot Vale home in Melbourne in, 2013.
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Change is needed to prevent sports performance experts from pushing the boundaries in a way that could potentially harm the health of athletes.
Your bones are cleverer, and more complex, than you might think.
The network of bone cells inside your skeleton rivals your brain in terms of complexity.
Taxpayers are the ultimate losers when governments fail to manage expensive infrastructure projects.
How many times do taxpayers have to go down the same road before governments seriously assess how expensive infrastructure decisions are made?
Under the leadership of both Ayman al-Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda has failed to reproduce an event that has shaken the international order since 9/11.
Islamic State's rapid successes in Syria and Iraq stand in stark contrast to al-Qaeda's efforts at global jihad over the past decade.
The Whitlam government had a reformist vision whose origins lay in the future prime minister’s own wartime experience.
While serving in the RAAF, future prime minister Gough Whitlam led his first political campaign, agitating among his own squadron in support of the 1944 referendum.
Efforts to rebuild Vanuatu’s economy may concentrate on tourism, but it’s wiser to diversify, despite the challenges.
Joseph M. Cheer
To rely on tourism to rebuild Vanuatu's economy is lazy policy and economically fraught. There are other opportunities, despite the challenges.
It’s (reverse) auction time for the government’s emissions-reduction plans.
The federal government is holding the first reverse auction to award contracts for its Direct Action emissions plan. Here's how it will work.
Iranians, who celebrated in the streets of Tehran following this month’s nuclear agreement, are keen to rebuild relations with the West.
By reaching out to Iran, Australia can help end a long stand-off with the West that prevented solutions to many of the world's most dangerous problems, including Syria's civil war and Islamic State.
Despite the earnings of airports like Sydney going up, service quality has not.
The case for the ACCC to regulate airports has not been properly made, particularly given other proposals haven't been given a chance to work.
Most Australian states are having to build more prisons to keep up with soaring rates of imprisonment.
In a new series on imprisonment trends, issues and policies across Australia, The Conversation asks why are imprisonment rates soaring, to what purpose, and with what financial and human consequences?