In the 1960s and 70s selective schools were seen to be old fashioned and elitist.
Selective schools have never operated in isolation from broader historical forces — including Australia’s connected histories of racial exclusion and immigration.
Declining interest rates have been working for home buyers, now they are working against them.
Declining interest rates has made housing more affordable over the past thirty years, but it has also increased the risk for homebuyers.
Businesses lower down in the supply chain are waiting months for payment, but Coles has moved to pay 1,000 suppliers within 14 days.
Putting a stop to powerful corporations exploiting their powerless suppliers would not only deliver small-business votes but would speed up the entire economy.
The Indian people felt a moral obligation to queue up and co-operate with the ‘notes ban’ policy.
Public co-operation is not proof of trust in government. The Indian people did not trust elected politicians to represent them against top-down policymaking that caused enormous difficulties.
Carl Seffner’s 1908 statue of J.S. Bach in front of St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, Germany.
Johann Sebastian Bach's The Art of Fugue is a work of high art. But in keeping with the late works of artists such as Shakespeare, Beethoven and Goya, it contains elements of pathos, humour, gravity, exuberance and tragedy.
Your best option for treating the pain of sciatica is to seek advice, remain physically active, and wait it out.
Prescriptions of the drug pregabalin to treat sciatica have skyrocketed in recent years. But a new study shows it brings only side effects, and not relief for sufferers.
With the likes of Pablo Iglesias and Ada Colau coming to power in Spain, we are witnessing the rise of the ‘post-representatives’.
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Spain has been transformed into a democratic laboratory, where the participation and use of new communication strategies are ready for experimentation and innovation.
The financialisation of housing has become central to wealth creation in Australian households.
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We now value the house as a wealth builder, not just a place to live in and raise a family. The result is a distorted investment market that makes home ownership and rental unaffordable.
Studies show wifi, mobile phones and other sources of electromagnetic radiation don’t make us sick. So, why are some people convinced they’re electrosensitive?
Studies suggest electrosensitivity is a "communicated" disease, spread by people hearing about the alleged dangers, and sometimes worrying themselves sick.
Child support payments actually help single mums to stay employed for longer, research finds.
Higher child support payments actually lead to an increase in the employment rate of single mums, research finds.
Will the profits of a privatised NSW Land and Property Information Office end up in a tax haven?
So on the nose is the proposal to auction off the NSW Land and Property Information Office via a 30-year lease that the Law Society, the Real Estate Institute and the Institute of Surveyors oppose it.
Print magazines are as popular as ever – but why?
Newspapers may be in crisis but magazines are thriving. The growth is in specialist titles - indeed the glossy offerings of Coles and Woolworths now have almost double the readership of the Australian Women's Weekly,
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The claim by Sally McManus, the new head of the ACTU, that when the law is unjust, ‘I don’t think there is a problem in breaking it’, returns us to a deep question in political philosophy: Why should I…
Trying to answer policy questions with economics is bound to involve ideology.
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Economics doesn't have all the answers – at least not for those looking to escape ideology.
Nick Xenophon is again pushing for a ban on gambling ads during TV sport broadcasts.
Restrictions on gambling advertisements may be effective in helping those with problems manage their urges to gamble.
To survive in a Chinese world, Australia is going to have to say ‘no’ to China – as Gough Whitlam did.
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Now, more than at any time in our history, Australia needs a relationship with China 'comparable with that which we have, or seek, with other major powers'.
Weaker regulatory standards in the US can impact health everywhere.
Intuitively, it might seem desirable to speed up access to medicines. But this means more drugs will be approved that may subsequently prove unsafe or ineffective.
Public health working with tobacco displays weapons-grade naivety and ignorance in those promoting it.
A global cartel has manufactured a ‘gas crisis’ in Australia.
Over-cooked forecasts for demand have justified excessive spending and higher prices. This is precisely what the gas cartel wants: the spectre of shortages whipping up prices.
Anti-Park protesters in Seoul stage a candlelight vigil calling for her impeachment and arrest.
Political scientists trained or based in the Atlantic region have a bad habit of ignoring trends in our Asia-Pacific region. When they do pay attention to its dynamics, they often misleadingly measure…