Monash University

Monash University was established in 1958 and welcomed its first intake of students in 1961. In its fifty year history, the university has established itself as one of Australia’s finest tertiary institutions, building an enviable reputation for both its outstanding teaching and its transformative research. Today, Monash is Australia’s largest university, boasting a global network of more than 250,000 alumni.

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A Townsville City Deal was signed two years ago and the city is now one of Queensland’s ten leaders on smart city performance. Lukas Coch/AAP

Just how ‘city smart’ are local governments in Queensland?

How smart are our cities now? In Queensland, a study of all 78 local government areas reveals major gaps between the ten leading the way in becoming smart cities and the rest of the state.
Images like this one aired by the ABC’s Four Corners programme helped trigger a Royal Commission - but its recommendations have still not been acted on. ABC Four Corners

One year on from Royal Commission findings on Northern Territory child detention: what has changed?

One year after the Royal Commission into Northern Territory child detention recommended big changes, little of substance has been done to tackle the problem by the NT Labor government.
Scandals have dominated the recent headlines, but healthcare, education and public transport have been at the core of the policy debates. Wes Mountain/The Conversation

Victoria election: the scandals, sloganeering and key issues to watch

With just days to go before the election, Labor is making a last-minute appeal to voters to stay in power, while the Liberals are pressing for change.
Kirsten Dunst (centre), Winona Ryder (left), Trini Alvarado, Susan Sarandon and Clare Danes in Little Women (1994). The book is now being made into a film by director Greta Gerwig. Columbia Pictures Corporation,DiNovi Pictures

Little Women at 150 and the patriarch who shaped the book’s tone

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is an enduring classic for girls, soon to be a major Hollywood film. Yet many of the book's themes and morals were imposed by the author's father.
To avoid miscarriages of justice, we need a jury direction process that leads to maximum juror understanding. Shutterstock

We need better jury directions to ensure justice is done

Because judges have a secondary audience when issuing jury directions - appeal court judges - the language used has become too wordy and confusing. It needs to change.

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