Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe addressing a forum on wages and productivity.
Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe has effectively ruled out an interest rate rise until wage growth tops 3%.
Can we predict who will win the trophy in this year’s World Cup held in Russia?
Australia has won the soccer World Cup three times, in simulation games only. So what are the challenges to predicting the winner?
Being emotionally attached to an object can be a way to cope with loneliness.
To compensate for unmet social needs, people project lifelike qualities onto objects to feel connected. But this doesn’t fully meet people’s needs, so they collect more and more objects.
It’s unrealistic to expect everyone who is sexually active will take perfect preventative measures.
An increase in condomless sex in PrEP users is predictable as preventing HIV is the key motivator for condom use among gay and bisexual men.
It’s not easy to tell, but about a quarter of Airbnb properties in Sydney are essentially commercial letting operations.
One problem with Airbnb is that it isn't transparent about how many properties are truly 'shared' and how many are just part of a letting business. Regulators need to know that to manage the impacts.
Students tested on their ability to tell whether two images were of the same person were wrong 30% of the time.
Same person or different person? Most people are extremely good at recognising faces of people they know well, but not so much strangers. See how well you perform on the tests in this story.
Breast cancer tumours behave, and are treated, differently.
Headlines that 70% of women with breast cancer don't need chemo need to be heeded with caution: it's a very specific (but substantial) subtype that was studied.
The survey results are in, but do they say anything meaningful?
We are often presented with surveys that claim to show how we all think on a certain subject. But how many people do you need to ask for that finding to have have any convincing meaning?
Five Star Movement leader Luigi di Maio brandishes an Italian flag at a rally in Naples.
Italy's economy is verging on bankrupt and its election results have dealt a hammer blow to the prospects of fixing things. The best option, financially at least, may be to put someone else at the helm.
Many new products contain artificial sweeteners, which come with their own set of problems.
A new ad campaign from Coca-Cola shows they're trying to push a "sugar in moderation" line, while many of their products still contain far too much.
Inflexible structures of higher education and competing demands related to settlement often make transition difficult for refugees, despite their desire to work hard.
Without developing a better understanding of the challenges refugee students face, we run the risk of further disadvantaging refugee students in Australia.
A public barbecue in Lyndhurst, New South Wales, does the job but could be so much better.
The need for public cooking facilities has long been recognised, but why has the basic public barbecue failed to evolve along with Australians, their lifestyles and the foods they eat?
No mother wants their baby to develop jaundice, but it turns out that they should probably be grateful.
Heart of Darkness follows a journey up the Congo River, but equally critiques the imperial powers back in Europe.
USAID Democratic Republic of Congo/Flickr
In our ongoing Guide to the Classics series, we look at Heart of Darkness: the product of dark historical energies that continue to shape our contemporary world.
For financial advisers, we are already moving away from the payment of commissions in favour of fee for service. We still need a further shift in mindset.
While codes of conduct in banking may help, the tsunami of financial regulation over the past few decades has swept aside much of the sense of personal accountability.
A promise of new jobs from Australia’s new space agency.
New jobs and investment for Australia's growing space industry are promised with the backing of the new space agency. It's hoped that all states and territories will benefit from a national approach.
Governments have all but abandoned the commitments made a decade ago when Kevin Rudd launched a national campaign to reduce homelessness.
A decade after the launch of a national campaign against homelessness, the trends are all going the wrong way. A new annual report highlights what's gone wrong and what must be done.
It would take the average person 244 hours per year (6 working weeks) to read all privacy policies that apply to them.
We need to stop blaming consumers for not reading online privacy policies and fix the system.
The government has made life insurance opt-in for younger superannuation fund members.
The changes could save members up to A$3 billion, but they don't tackle the problems of total disability insurance.
Yvette Coppersmith, Self-portrait after George Lambert, oil and acrylic on linen, 132 x 112 cm.
© the artist Photo: AGNSW, Jenni Carter
It is some years since such a classical work as Yvette Coppersmith's has won the Archibald.
Hers is a most intelligent self-portrait in the very mannered style of George Lambert’s work.