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.
General anaesthesia has come a long way since its first public demonstration in the 19th century, depicted here.
Wellcome Library, London/Wikimedia
Terrifying accounts of surgery 200 years ago remind us how far general anaesthesia has come. Yet we still know little about how anaesthetics alter consciousness.
Science and technology have helped us picture that we all live together on a single world.
NASA / Bill Anders
Our world faces enormous challenges that will only be solved by more science not less but scientists can't do it alone.
If we want to stop kicking the innovation football back and forth – we need to move industry policy to a more prominent place in the political agenda.
The federal government spends over A$10 billion plus a year on industry policies but we have little idea how effective they have been. Programs are regularly dropped before we even know if they work. Think…
We’ll probably see 4G as the dominant cellular network technology for some time to come in Australia.
Consumers who live in Australian cities will most likely benefit from the entry of a fourth player in the mobile network scene.
Artist’s impression of ZF-COSMOS-20115, a galaxy that stopped making new stars and rapidly turned into a compact red galaxy.
The recipe book for galaxy formation may need to be rewritten after the discovery of a massive galaxy that stopped making new stars early in the Universe's history.
Photos of some of the 43 Mexican college students who disappeared in 2014 and are feared to have been massacred by gang members and police. Screen depictions of Mexico’s drug trade mostly ignore their human cost.
Los Pollos Hermanos is a chicken shop run by a drug lord in the TV series Better Call Saul. A pop-up version opens in Sydney today - and both ignore the savage reality of Mexico's drug wars.
WeChat has transformed from a social media to a payment platform (among other things) and had success in China. Could Australia be next?
While Apple Pay may have won the battle against some of Australia’s banks, it may lose the war against the providers of digital wallets, such as Tencent and Alibaba.
The Stargazing Live promotional banner aims to get Australians looking up. After they’ve watched the show of course.
Making science a ratings grab is a key part of reversing its declines in society and schools.