Bailout proposals are a pale facsimile for proper industry policy.
The mantra of propping up manufacturing to save jobs is no substitute for a property industry policy focused on growth.
Meryl Streep as amateur soprano singer Florence Foster Jenkins…should we celebrate ambition over talent?
Films about incompetent, inspirational flops are popular at present. These strange heroes embody the mantra of our self-help culture: never give up and embrace willpower over talent.
A 17th-century folding screen depicting the early Edo period on the site of modern-day Tokyo.
Edo, which gave rise to Tokyo, was also the world's largest city three centuries ago. Facing ecological collapse, Edo developed a culture and practices that supported sustainable living.
A national housing policy is needed that recognises how all the sectors – buying, renting, investing, social housing or homeless – are connected.
A decent national housing policy is not just about the million or so Australians who are in housing need, marginal housing or homeless. In reality, all the housing sectors are connected.
Malcolm Turnbull featured prominently at a recent volunteer firefighter rally on the steps of Victorian state parliament.
With a popular state Labor government and premier in charge, the economy picking up speed and the state budget in substantial surplus, federal Labor had every reason to see Victoria as its own.
There’s evidence to say we used to have two sleeps with a period of wakefulness in between.
Throughout history there have been numerous accounts of segmented sleep, from medical texts, to court records and diaries.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is seen on a smart phone.
AAP Image/Mick Tsikas
If Australia needs to build a broadband infrastructure that would lift its global rankings, would Labor's NBN plan help do that?
Controlling our homes with the tap of an app may have hidden energy costs.
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Our homes are getting smarter and more connected – but at what cost to energy use?
It will take a whole-of-community effort to challenge child abuse material and prevent such sexual violence and abuse before it occurs.
The Victorian government will bring its laws up-to-date with new forms of exploitation and abuse of children and young people that are associated with communications technologies.
Much of the ‘smart cities’ rhetoric is dominated by the economic, with little reference to the natural world and its plight.
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The rhetoric of 'smart cities' is dominated by the economic, with little reference to the natural world and its plight. Truly smart and resilient cities need to be more in tune with the planet.
Key discussion points are captured during one of the forums that helped develop the Resilient Melbourne Strategy.
City of Melbourne
The Resilient Melbourne Strategy, adopted this month, marks a shift towards “whole-of-city” thinking.
Australia’s system of political donations was the subject of a recent Senate inquiry.
The struggle for political equality has shaped Australian democracy. This is undermined by a fragmented political donations system that can be easily evaded.
Research shows that employers tend to win cases where pregnant women claim unfair dismissal.
Research shows pregnant women are still being discriminated against in unfair dismissal cases, when employers say they are redundant.
Women typically use joint bank accounts to help pay for their children’s expenses, but they can also be used to control.
To formulate better policy on family violence, we need to understand economic abuse.
Opponents of projects are often scorned as NIMBYs, but active citizenship and local consultation are key elements in creating a city that works well for as many people as possible.
Cities are home to many different people who will not always agree. We need to learn to embrace public debate as an ongoing, constructive process for working through diverse views and values.
Can mobile phones improve the movie experience?
In China and Japan, moviegoers can visit a cinema where their text messages appear on screen as the film plays. While this might sound like a nightmare to some, the cinema has always been a hub of social activity.
Jodie Foster, Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese on the set of Taxi Driver in 1976.
Sikelia Productions, New York
From 'Mean Streets' to 'Vinyl', from The Ronettes to The Clash, music has long been a muse to film director Martin Scorsese. He plays it on set, conceives sequences with certain songs in mind and uses it to chart his characters' changing fortunes.
Voiceworks fiction editor Joshua Barnes (left) and non-fiction editor Kelsey Oldham.
Express Media, a 30-year-old institution that has lost its Australia Council funding, helped launch the career of many writers from Anna Krien to Benjamin Law. Its future is now at risk and a generation of young writers will be poorer.
Victoria’s wildflowers: best enjoyed up close.
Victoria's volcanic plains offer fertile ground for grasslands teeming with wildflowers. But that same fertility has also made the plains a tempting target for grazers and growers, and developers too.
Quarterly circulation figures have not been good news for publishers, but Fairfax in particular has suffered.
Fairfax's circulation figures fall as staff are made redundant.