The ‘Venus of Willendorf’ at around 28,000 years old is one of the earliest depictions of women in art (Source: Ziko van Dijk).
Were there any women around in the Palaeolithic Era? If popular culture is any guide you’d think not. And even archaeology itself has a long way to go to address a deeply ingrained bias towards men. It’s…
There was a fair bit of detail this week about what we can expect from the RBA and US Fed on interest rates going forward.
Peak energy demand sometimes occurs when there’s no wind.
Here are some short- and medium-term strategies for transitioning to renewable, reliable and affordable energy in South Australia.
Women are more likely to intervene than men.
Preventing sexual violence is everyone's responsibility, but we need to be careful about how we do it.
In trickle-down economics , accommodating for big business creates flow on effects for other smaller parts of the economy.
The basic idea of trickle-down economics is that giving economic help to companies or people at the top of society should generate benefits for those in layers further down.
With the steelworks under a cloud, Whyalla continues to fluctuate between hope and despair.
Decades of expansion for Whyalla were followed by decades of contraction. Whyalla has seen optimism and idealism but also, if not despair, then its close neighbours, alienation and apathy.
New South Wales is the state that has suffered the biggest fall in available public housing stock since 2009. This has led to protests.
Although the federal-state agreement does it inadequately and lacks transparency, an enduring program of federal funding for operational expenses is essential to sustain the social housing system.
A public backlash against council amalgamations appears to have forced the NSW government to shift its position.
The proposed amalgamation of 40 NSW councils has generated heated opposition. While public resistance has now won out in several regional communities, it's a different story in the city.
The shift to part-time employment in the labour force has been going on for a long time now.
Uncertainty about energy prices and political dithering on company tax rates point to businesses waiting before investing heavily.
Any attempt to improve security for tenants should not deprive them, or their landlords, of the flexibility that many also want.
Any attempt to improve security for tenants should not deprive them, or their landlords, of the flexibility that many also want. The key problem is landlords' ability to give notice without a reason.
Gene therapy is growing in its capabilities, but there should be limits to its use.
A report released by the US National Academies of Science and Medicine underscores the potential of gene editing and acknowledges the sensitivities in managing the ethical dimensions.
Emergency crews tackle a bushfire at Boggabri, one of dozens across NSW during the heatwave.
Heat records have tumbled across New South Wales as the state suffered through the weekend's heatwave. A new analysis shows that climate change made this kind of event much less of a rarity.
The lead claimant in an equine influenza class action managed to avoid incurring a substantial costs order being made against them.
The failure to regulate litigation funders is becoming more problematic. This is because more funders, particularly from overseas, are entering the Australian market.
Jenny Macklin, shadow minister for families and social services, has attacked a Coalition proposal to raise the pension age.
Labor's Jenny Macklin said that under a Coalition proposal, Australia would have the highest pension age in the developed world. Is that right?
Moana takes to the sea.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Disney's Moana has a remarkably accurate depiction of how Polynesian peoples navigate by the stars, and draws attention to the richness of Indigenous astronomy.
Molecular image, monochrome.
The 2017 Pantone Color of the Year is Greenery. Every year the Pantone Color Institute nominates a colour of the year. It is “A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in…
The opera house is raised on a terraced platform, away from the shore like an island amphitheatre.
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Construction should have stopped once the roofs were erected. Any citizen could then have walked up to the terraced amphitheatre, sat down and gazed back at the country from this shrine to the nation.
IMF leaders should practise what they preach when it comes to inequality.
The IMF has been expressing public concern about inequality since 2010, but this has not translated into concrete action within the IMF’s own policies and programs.
The effective ban on e-cigarettes in Australia forces people to access unregulated nicotine products to help them quit smoking.
The recent decision to effectively ban e-cigarettes will hurt poor and disadvantaged smokers the most.
Without substantial financial assistance many NDIS participants would struggle to find affordable housing to move into.
Shared ownership schemes can unlock access to suitable housing, although these are less common in Australia than overseas. And most are not specifically tailored for people with disability.