Victoria has led the way in upgrading intercity rail services with medium-speed VLocity trains that have a cruising speed of 160km/h.
High-speed rail for Australia has been on the drawing boards since the mid-1980s but has come to nothing. Three states are developing medium-speed rail with federal funding, but NSW is missing out.
Revellers celebrate Sydney Mardi Gras. Oxford Street has been the centre of LGBTQI celebration and activism since the 1970s.
Sydney's LGBTQI heartland has moved and changed over time, but the importance of urban space to queer communities remains a constant.
Jacqueline Brennan and Nicole da Silva in Wentworth (2013): this is tough TV.
Wentworth is a reimagining of the revolutionary Australian soap opera Prisoner. Both of these influential TV shows demonstrate how the system so often fails those who fall between the cracks.
New research shows that fire follows fire in the Australian Alps, and old-growth forests are less flammable.
Governments in Africa have done little to institute policies that improve awareness and protect people who have epilepsy.
John Howard, pictured here with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, is fond of describing the Liberal Party as a “broad church”. But that breadth has led to increasing fracture within the party in recent years.
The battle between liberals and conservatives continues to split the Liberal Party, but its past heroes would find the ideological division puzzling.
It’s important to carefully select an appropriate pupil mix, especially to support weaker students.
Weaker students – when placed together with better classmates – can gain from the improved learning environment, and smarter students are unlikely to be negatively affected.
Serangan siber tidak mengenal batas geografis.
Badan Siber dan Sandi Negara seharusnya “naik kelas” dari sekadar mengurusi teknis, menjadi fokus sebagai koordinator keaman siber bagi kepentingan Indonesia.
Funeral insurance is a financial product and not really any different from life insurance.
It seems many Australians are over-insuring when it comes to funerals.
Picture painted by a primary school child in Sri Lanka after the tsunami in 2005.
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It's understandable to want to shield children from the impacts of disasters. But research suggests that they should be given a voice in disaster planning and a role in reducing the risks.
The Department of Human Services approach to social security fraud prosecutions has become less punitive in recent years.
Despite a public focus on punitive approaches to welfare fraud, the number of social security fraud prosecutions has fallen in recent years.
The view from Indonesia’s Rote Island towards Australia.
There is plenty of debate over what route was taken by the first people to reach Australia. New research reveals a likely route through a now submerged chain of islands.
When we get hot, sensors in the body tell the brain. The brain then tells the sweat glands to work, and we sweat.
Sweat comes from special parts in our skin called glands. You might be able to see them if you have a very strong magnifying glass.
A building full of revolving doors?
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More than 180 individuals have moved between senior public service roles and the fossil fuel industry in Australia over the past decade - providing a golden escalator for former senior politicians.
New Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack (front) talks to the media, while former leader Barnaby Joyce (left) listens in.
As the National Party looks to rebuild under a new leader, it needs to embrace its minority status, establish clearly what it stands for, and remain true to those ideals.
Murder rates in Mexico have spiked since the military was first sent in to fight organized crime in 2006.
Exactly 234,966 people have died in Mexico's 11-year drug war. Now the government wants to deploy soldiers to criminal hot spots, a move many fear will just increase violence and weaken the police.
We need to measure the volatile compounds that waft off the products in our homes and offices.
A surprising study published in Science found that as fuel emissions drop, consumer products are playing a larger role in air pollution.
In July 2017, new research was published that pushed the opening chapters of Australian history back to 65,000 years ago.
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When did Australia’s human history begin?
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Today's episode of Essays On Air, the audio version of our Friday essay series, seeks to move beyond the view of ancient Australia as a timeless and traditional foundation story.
Since sodium is abundant, battery technology that uses it side-steps many of the issues associated with lithium batteries.
Demand for energy storage is increasing – both in Australia and around the world. But issues with the production of lithium-ion batteries mean the search is on for alternatives.
There are concerns that the new draft poultry standards don’t truly have chickens’ welfare at heart.
The current review of standards for egg and poultry farming does little to assuage fears that the industry wields too much influence. Only an independent regulator can restore public confidence.