An oil tanker leaves Sydney Harbour.
Australia's recently announced review of its national fuel stockpiles is timely indeed. The country is almost totally reliant on oil being shipped through some of the world's most contested regions.
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How social media is beginning to shape the way the public commemorates tragedies like the Manchester attack.
An increasing proportion of Japanese adults will remain unmarried their whole lives, and should be considered full citizens rather than underperformers.
An MP from Japan's governing party recently commented that single women were a burden on the state. But many young women, and men, are rethinking the lure of married life.
Thelma Plum is one of many musicians featured in a new documentary that both celebrates the worth of women and discusses problems in the music industry.
Michelle Grace Hunder
A new film examines the gender imbalance in Australia's music industry. The women interviewed tell some confronting stories but the documentary points to a better future.
Support is growing for a ban on live export, but what will replace it?
In the face of shocking footage of animals dying on ships, it seems impossible that our live export trade will remain as it is. Here are three areas to address.
‘The Block’ in Redfern has been a site of struggle and activism for Indigenous inclusion in planning processes.
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While planning policies and practices have contributed to marginalising Indigenous people, planners can now work with them to ensure they have their rightful say in shaping Australian communities.
A$1.6 billion over four years will allow 14,000 more older Australians to remain in their home for longer.
Making older Australians the cornerstone of budget measures is a calculated political tactic.
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With a federal election looming within a year, our panel looks at what each state and territory has been handed in the budget - and why it matters.
Social researcher and author Rebecca Huntley, speaking on Q&A.
On Q&A, social researcher and author Rebecca Huntley said "about 30%" of homeless people have a job. Is that right?
The use of closed networks in the recruitment and selection of board members creates other problems.
Whoever replaces the directors resigning at AMP and the Commonwealth Bank will likely be drawn from a small pool of people.
In contrast to most big airports where public transport provides a large proportion of passenger access, 86% of access to Melbourne Airport is by car.
Good public access for Melbourne Airport and others like it depends on not fixating on one solution, like a single rail line, but instead developing multiple options integrated with the city's needs.
The greenest option might be to get a disposable bottle but never dispose of it.
We all know that tap water is better than buying bottled water, from an environmental standpoint at least. But what should you drink it out of? A single-use bottle, used multiple times, might be best.
Many of the harms associated with cannabis use are to do with its illegality.
There are health risks associated with cannabis use, but there's no evidence use will increase if it's legalised.
A honeybee (left), a scarab beetle (middle), and a fly (right) feeding on flowers of the white rock rose in a Mediterranean scrubland.
Rather than trying to out-compete each other, flowers may work together to attract bees en masse. It's the sort of approach that is effective in the world of advertising too.
Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm is the only libertarian in the federal parliament.
Libertarianism is a minority concern in Australian politics, but it offers a philosophical framework to understand contemporary social and economic challenges.
‘The shape of things to come’, installation view at Buxton Contemporary, the University of Melbourne, March 2018.
Photograph by Christian Capurro.
Philanthropists are creating new galleries to share their private collections with the Australian public. But these gifts do not ameliorate the deficit left by declining government arts fundings.
The study found that the disability support workers regularly spent unpaid time on two types of work activities.
While disability carers are employed to work part-time hours, they often have long work days with short periods of work interspersed with non-work periods.
People in remote areas use the internet much less for entertainment and formal education compared to their urban counterparts.
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The people who have the most to gain from the extraordinary resources of the internet are missing out, including those not employed, older Australians and migrants from non-English speaking countries.
Access to a steady income can mitigate the effects of violence and provide avenues out of abuse.
Providing paid family violence leave means we’re not asking victims to choose between accessing necessary support and financial security.
It’s important to define acts of sexual violence separately to punish perpetrators appropriately.
It's important to differentiate between various forms of sexual violence to punish perpetrators appropriately, and to help those affected to label and describe their experiences.