Publicly funded grants could help journalists break and cover important stories.
A government fund to support quality journalism – while remaining strictly independent – could help produce stories in the public interest.
Melbourne’s Hosier Lane: some see it as art, others think it’s vandalism.
Melbourne's street art has an international reputation and may be a very valuable tourist attraction. But the city remains ambivalent about the activities that have created its 'laneway galleries'.
Some in the Catholic community previously labeled the Safe Schools program as ‘controversial’.
The new program for Catholic schools draws on the same research as Safe Schools (so perhaps it wasn't part of a 'Marxist agenda' after all).
A simulation of the latest binary black hole merger detected by LIGO. Blue indicates weak fields and yellow indicates strong fields.
Numerical-relativistic Simulation: S Ossokine, A Buonanno (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics) and the Simulating eXtreme Spacetime project Scientific Visualization: T Dietrich (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics), R Haas (NCSA)
Scientists have made a third detection of gravitational waves, again caused by the merger of two black holes. But they think there's something different about the black holes in this case.
People disclosing their emotional responses to brands online, helps connect better with others.
Research shows social media allows people to disclose all sorts of information about their love for these brands and to seek out like minded people.
Writing has never been easy, but sending writers out to find new ideas and people might be one way to help.
Writers like Frank Moorhouse and Ben Eltham have proposed new long-term fellowships to support writing. But a better way may be more smaller grants, offering opportunities for travel.
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman: she eschews corsets, barges into men-only meetings, and compares secretarial work to slavery.
Atlas Entertainment, Cruel & Unusual Films, DC Entertainment
As a comic hero, Wonder Woman's antecedents reach back to the suffragettes. And a long awaited feature film offers us a fittingly feminist story.
If the government wants to encourage universities to translate their research to a wider audience, they should explicitly pay for it.
In March 2018, all Australian universities will be submitting key performance indicators (KPIs) on their engagement and impact to the Australian Research Council. These measure how well universities engage…
Households are not competing on equal terms in the private rental market – their perceptions of insecurity vary according to their means, location and reasons for renting.
Private renters' security of tenure in Australia has less legal protection than in other countries with high private rental rates. A new study reveals mixed responses to this state of uncertainty.
The Forrests have bold ambitions for their philanthropy – perhaps inviting some cynics to be dismissive of their aims.
The record donation by Twiggy Forrest highlights the rise of more strategic philanthropy, which tries to tackle the root causes of complex problems through collaboration, research and advocacy.
Will the end of copyright mean the end of Aussie literature?
It's questionable whether current copyright laws actually support artists or more local content.
Gender income inequality in Australia is now considerably above the OECD average of 15.5%.
A 10% reduction in gender income inequality can boost labour productivity by up to 3%, new analysis finds.
Heavy industry still seems reluctant to engage with the Emissions Reduction Fund.
AAP Image/Dan Peled
A survey of executives in high-emitting industries such as mining and electricity generation suggests they are not engaging with the government's flagship policy to cut greenhouse emissions.
The public and finance sectors – but not the government, it seems – are questioning the wisdom of investing in infrastructure for projects like the Adani coal mine.
If infrastructure is to meet the needs and challenges of an uncertain future, we need to move beyond the AAA ratings mindset and aim for net-positive social and ecological outcomes as well.
Infrastructure has been flagged as a major recipient of federal funds in the 2017 budget.
The Conversation’s economic experts react to the 2017-18 budget measures in the areas of living costs, economic management and infrastructure planning and investment.
The Australian Federal Police will receive $321.4 million over four years for a range of measures.
The Conversation’s political experts react to the 2017-18 budget's key measures in the areas of welfare, foreign aid, defence spending and more.
Australians should be able to do more than just access and transfer their own consumer data.
The Productivity Commission’s report on data availability and use is disappointing for consumers, who won't be able to stop firms collecting their data or challenge automated decisions made using it.
With every round of redundancies, significant questions arise around the long-term viability of mainstream news media in Australia.
There is lingering anger among journalists made redundant that expertise and experience seem to have become disposable assets in newsrooms.
Migrants can no longer afford to live in the ‘gateway’ suburbs that once helped them to leave the ranks of the ‘disadvantaged’ and feel at home in their new country.
With the winding back of government support for housing, 'gateway' suburbs that have in the past accepted and supported recent immigrants are becoming increasingly unaffordable.
David Buchanan and Fr Paul Kelly have spearheaded pushes to abolish the gay panic defence.
Change Agents: Ending the gay panic defence.
In this episode of Change Agents we look at the abolition of the gay panic defence across Australia.