Finally, some policy certainty for the electricity sector?
AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts
The federal government has announced a new National Energy Guarantee focused on electricity reliability, after deciding not to implement a clean energy target.
For suburbs like fast-growing Tarneit in the Wyndham area, ‘hard’ infrastructure gets priority, leaving ‘soft’ social infrastructure to catch up later.
Traditionally, new communities first get hard infrastructure – schools, hospitals, transport – and 'soft' social infrastructure comes later. Liveability and public health suffer as a result.
‘HOW MUCH has my health insurance gone up?!’ There’s a simple reason premiums are increasing.
The government's latest changes to private health insurance won't affect the cost of premiums.
Land clearing is once again on the rise in Queensland.
AAP Image/Dan Peled
The outgoing Threatened Species Commissioner has downplayed the importance of land clearing as a threat to Australia's plants and animals. But it's the biggest threat, and magnifies the others too.
The Holden auto plant in Adelaide.
While previous auto plant closures have seen many workers become long term unemployed, but firms, unions and the government have worked hard to retrain and transition workers.
In Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, just over a third of dwellings are within 400 metres of a public transport stop with services every 30 minutes, but the proportions are much lower in other cities.
Governments, developers and urban planners all aspire to create liveable cities. Yet when it comes to Australian cities, the rhetoric and reality don’t quite match.
The Greening the Pipeline 100-metre pilot park at Williams Landing is the first step in transforming 27 kilometres of the heritage-listed main outfall sewer into a linear park and bike track.
Greening the Pipeline, courtesy of Melbourne Water
Tree plantings are making a visible difference to Melbourne’s west. It's the result of a collaborative model of greening, one that Australian cities need to apply more widely.
Indigo Skies Photography/Flickr
As the Clean Energy Target fades away, perhaps a Dispatchable Reliable Energy Target will be innocuous enough to pass the Liberal party room and the Senate.
While parts of Australian capital cities are highly liveable, access to the features that underpin liveability is highly unequal.
The challenge of creating liveable communities across Australia's capital cities comes down to seven key factors. And assessed on this basis, parts of our cities don't fare so well.
Behavioural economics is turning traditional notions of risk on their head.
People aren't the perfectly rational, number-crunching risk-takers that traditional theory suggests. Research shows a whole variety of factors feed into risk-taking.
Gula mengaktifkan sistem di otak, sama seperti zat yang membuat kecanduan seperti nikotin dan kokain, Artinya, mengonsumsi gula membuat kita ingin makan lagi dan lagi.
Pernah berusaha mengurangi gula? Anda pasti tahu betapa susahnya. Apa benar kita bisa kecanduan gula?
Perth has long had many fine parks but is losing vegetation cover in a band of increasingly dense development across the city.
A new study shows major Australian cities are suffering an overall loss of green space –
although some areas are doing better than others.
Waiting for my lunch 2014. What happens when we start noticing the white noise of ‘non places’?
We constantly use electronic devices to distract ourselves from the tedium associated with waiting. Yet being bored can be a creative activity.
A Bitcoin (virtual currency) souvenir coin. But cryptocurrencies like this can be debt and equity as well.
Despite its name, cryptocurrency isn't just money. It could also be debt or equity and so it should be regulated and taxed in the same way as other finance.
An outstanding example of sustainable residential building, Breathe Architecture’s The Commons apartments in Melbourne won a 2014 National Architecture Award.
Image courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects
New South Wales is the only state that has made meaningful progress on legislation and enforcement of standards capable of creating a sustainable built environment.
Federal energy policy failure is provoking action at other levels – it's multi-layered democracy in action.
The Andrews government’s proposed reforms will significantly improve Victoria’s donations system.
Australia’s political donations system remains fragmented, but proposed reforms in Victoria are a good step forward.
Kurt Cobain killed himself a week before this album was due to come out. It became a perfect soundtrack to Gen X's grief and with its raw, angry, feminist-inspired, grunge sound, remains a classic.
Lake Liddell with power stations.
We need to remember that baseload coal power stations won't help cope with peak demand – the issue that will determine whether people in elevators are trapped by a sudden blackout, per Barnaby Joyce.
The Beastie Boys in the music video for Sure Shot.
Screenshot from Youtube
The Beastie Boys' Ill Communication closed out hip-hop's Golden Age with a kaleidoscope of jazz-infused beats, bratty punk interludes and a deeper appreciation for storytelling.