Women may need to shop around for a new doctor if the first one refuses to perform an abortion for religious reasons.
Doctors who won't perform abortions on religious grounds may have stronger legal protection and may not be compelled to refer women to an alternative provider. Here's why that's bad news for women.
Digital communications technology means many high-skill workers don’t need to be in the office to do their jobs.
E-changers are the latest group to move from the big cities to escape high living costs and congestion. But because they remain very productive remote workers some employers are embracing the trend.
Teresa Palmer, centre, as Michelle Payne in Ride Like a Girl.
This is a film about farmyards; single dads; a wedding; a funeral; horses - falling off them and getting back on - all leading to a fast climax and a no-nonsense denouement.
Lots of women are fighting the system from within.
Feminist activists are finding new avenues for activism in neoliberal times.
More than 50 advertisers have so far withdrawn from Alan Jones’ 2GB radio show, buoyed by social media campaigns naming and shaming those who remain.
The advertising boycott of Alan Jones' radio show highlights which companies advertised on it, but ironically, pulling out now could enhance their brand more than if they had never supported the show.
Increasing numbers of older Australians face a harder time paying the bills when they retire because they’ll still be paying off a mortgage or renting a home.
People over 65 who still have a mortgage or are renting are projected to double in number by 2031. The trend is likely to hit government budgets and leave more retirees in poverty.
The government intends to destroy Djab Wurrung sacred trees and sites to upgrade the Western Highway at the same time as it seeks heritage status for the Eastern Freeway.
The Victorian government plans to destroy trees and sites sacred to Djab Warrung people to make way for the Western Highway at the same time as it seeks heritage listing for the Eastern Freeway.
A surgeon has been committed to stand trial next year in a case involving stealthing, believed to be the first of its kind in Australia.
There is currently no law that specifically outlaws stealthing in Australia. A case making its way through the courts in Victoria could provide legal clarity on the issue.
On average, one woman every week is killed in Australia. There needs to be more focus on both response to gender violence and prevention.
We need to stop violence against women before it starts. The federal government's Fourth Action Plan might not provide all of the answers, but it's a sign of positive progress.
Urban greening is just one aspect of the transformation required to ensure our future cities are sustainable, liveable places.
Future Earth Australia is working to create a long-term national plan of transformation for our cities. As part of this, everyone in Australia is invited to have their say in a survey.
In a landmark decision, High Court ruled that the federal government may legitimately restrict the right of public servants to express political views.
The decision confirms the steady march of employer control over workers' private views and activities, supported by courts and tribunals over many years.
Many people use sauna to relax, but some evidence has shown it can improve certain health outcomes.
Results of a recent global sauna survey suggest people use sauna to relax. But they don't necessarily know about the health benefits it's been shown to have.
Sydney has the longest average daily commuting time of 71 minutes, closely followed by Brisbane and Melbourne.
Average commuting times for Australians have increased by 23% in 15 years. And those with long commutes are less satisfied with their work, working hours, work-life balance and even pay.
‘Only a modest proportion of all flawed publications are identified and retracted.’
A database of retractions shows hundreds of academic articles with Australian authors have been withdrawn. Research misconduct threatens to corrode trust in academic qualifications and publications.
Grata Flos Greig, First Female Law Graduate, c1904, University of Melbourne. Flos was the first woman admitted to the Australian legal profession.
University of Melbourne Archives, UMA/I/5131
When Flos Greig first entered law school, it was illegal for women to become lawyers. Undeterred, she lobbied for change and became the first woman admitted to the legal profession in Australia.
Mitchell Brindley is the first person to be convicted under WA’s new laws against image-based sexual abuse.
New research has found that young women, Indigenous Australians and people with disabilities are the most frequent victims of 'revenge porn.'
The average festival goer is young, white, well educated and employed.
Most drug use among Australian festival goers appears to be occasional and isn't problematic. But a small group experience higher rates of drug-related harms.
Researcher Taimur Ahmed holds the newly designed chip.
Our brains create new memories, and forget old ones, by forging and breaking connections between nerve cells. Now researchers can do something similar using a light-sensitive electronic chip.
Power failure. It’s gas, not wind, that’s pushing up electricity prices.
An eight year study of half hourly prices finds that wind and solar generation have been pushing wholesale electricity prices down.
Many commuters already travel from regional cities to work in capital cities like Melbourne so what impacts will fast rail have?
While governments focus on how to ease congestion and make affordable housing more accessible for workers in our biggest cities, fast rail could be a mixed blessing for regional cities.