In Victoria in 1992, every government-employed school cleaner was terminated overnight.
Public schools in some states outsourced their cleaning services to private companies as part of a neoliberal experiment starting in the 1990s. This has had a host of impacts, including on students.
Relative sizes of planets that are in a zone potentially compatible with life: Kepler-22b, Kepler-69c, Kepler-62e, Kepler-62f and Earth (named left to right; except for Earth, these are artists’ renditions).
The ancient question 'Are we alone?' has graduated from being a philosophical musing to a testable hypothesis. We should be prepared for an answer.
A new Parramatta is emerging out of the rubble of history.
Artist's impression of the new North Parramatta development/URBANGROWTH NSW/AAP
Sydney's Parramatta is developing fast, building over a rich archaeological history. Finding ways to retain it can help visitors and residents feel a sense of physical connection with those who came before.
Lake Mungo and the surrounding Willandra Lakes of NSW were established around 150,000 years ago.
New techniques for genetic analysis are helping us build more detailed and accurate stories about the ancient histories of the first Australians.
Today the Commonwealth exists as an organisation in search of a rationale.
Without a clear full stop there can be no certainty that the unravelling of the British Empire has ended even now.
A reversion to imperial imbalance in the British-Australian relationship began with the Whitlam government’s election and ended with its dismissal.
The continued embargo on documents relating to the dismissal of the Whitlam government point to the lingering imperial power that comes from an incomplete severance of colonial ties.
The Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast will set the scene for a year of challenges for this grouping of nations.
We are so accustomed to hearing about American exceptionalism that British exceptionalism is rarely discussed.
The status of facts and their use in politics hasn’t changed as a result of Donald Trump’s election.
In politics, alternative facts exist. And they always have.
Donald Trump may not have been the 1%’s preferred candidate, but he embodied its message.
Making self-interest seem normal and a commitment to fairness an elite aberration has been a long-term project.
An aerial shot of discarded life jackets on the Greek island of Lesvos.
In late 2015, 200,000 refugees a month were arriving on the Greek island of Lesvos. Tasos Markou went there to photograph their plight - and ended up joining the locals to help the new arrivals.
Donald Trump constantly invoked the idea of political correctness gone mad in his presidential campaign.
Populist leaders not only attack the institutions of global capital, they also disregard the checks and balances of institutional democracy.
Surely, things were easier in the past.
There has been much attention paid to the widespread resurgence of populism. Restorationism in Western democracies is a subset of this.
Fishing boats docked at Hobart, Tasmania
Science is supremely beautiful, but can also be brutal and unforgiving if you stray from the well-worn pathways.
Are the millennials doomed to be nomads, locked out of the home-ownership market forever?
Owning a home has deep cultural and economic connotations. A home owner is a member of a street, a community. They are a successful adult human. They own a piece of the pie, the dream.
In a country consistently rated as one of the world’s most liveable, we’ve somehow developed a deadly disregard toward our own welfare.
All the awareness campaigns have had little effect on the 'garden variety' mental illness that’s causing most of the disability and death.
Can technology help us to beat death?
How far would you go to better your life, to live longer, to beat death? And how much can technology help us in that quest?
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.
Before the AFL, there was the much better, much cooler, much more local SANFL.
Footy isn’t just the dominant spectator sport and topic of conversation in South Australia. It’s a salve.
Marcoo was a 1.4 kilotonne ground-level nuclear test carried out at Maralinga in 1956. The contaminated debris was buried at this site in the 1967 clean-up known as Operation Brumby.
History is writ large in the remote areas around Woomera and the Nullarbor: from the fossils of microscopic, cell-like creatures to ancient stone tools to the deitrus of rocket tests and the painful legacy of the Maralinga atomic blasts.
Chris Wallace (centre) in 1966 with brother Ron and father Arch.
For once in its life, under the premiership of Don Dunstan, South Australia felt like the very centre of the universe.