Some experts were concerned about the creation of unrealistic expectations, links with gender-based violence, and the potential for addiction. Others said education might help to offset these harms.
We asked five experts if it's OK to drink coffee while pregnant. Four out of five experts said yes.
Government schools remain open but many parents are already voluntarily keeping their children home in an effort to 'flatten the curve'.
Adam Bandt on Greens’ hopes for future power sharing
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Adam Bandt expresses his disappointment with Labor's coal rhetoric. He says they have a decision to make: work with the Greens, or determine whether they have more in common with the Liberals.
Today we hear about some of the fascinating space research underway at Siding Spring Observatory – and how, despite gruelling hours and endless paperwork, astronomers retain their sense of wonder for the night sky.
‘The size, the grandeur, the peacefulness of being in the dark’: what it’s like to study space at Siding Spring Observatory.
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Three hours north-east of Parkes lies a remote astronomical research facility, unpolluted by city lights, where researchers are trying to unlock some of the biggest questions about our Universe.
Antibiotics can be a wonder for treating bacterial infections – but we need to be cautious in how we use them.
Antibiotic resistant superbugs kill 32 plane-loads of people a week. We can all help fight back.
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Antibiotic resistant infections already kill about 700,000 people globally every year. While scientists are racing to find new ways to fight superbugs, there's one thing you can do, too.
Big Tech companies have built a better trap for profiting from consumers’ attention than the traditional media can offer.
Media companies are mad as hell at tech giants and don’t want to take it anymore. But what choice do they have?
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No wonder that, according to a new international survey, media companies are increasingly unhappy with their lot. In this episode we hear from the survey's author, Robert Whitehead.
Lithium ion batteries revolutionised the way we use, manufacture and charge our devices. They’re used to power mobile phones, laptops and even electric cars.
Nearly all your devices run on lithium batteries. Here’s a Nobel Prizewinner on his part in their invention – and their future.
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M. Stanley Whittingham was one of three scientists who won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work developing lithium-ion batteries – used to power mobile phones, laptops and electric cars.
This week’s Essential poll showed 56% of voters would prioritise stimulating the Australian economy over getting back to budget surplus.
Ross Gittins on the government’s “surplus obsession”
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As the Australian economy continues to struggle, many argue that stimulus is needed, urging the government to abandon its "surplus obsession".
The first report produced by Democracy 2025 brings forward the perspective of federal politicians, as they are key voices in the debate on trust in politics.
Two of the authors of the first Democracy 2025 report discuss the keys findings about what politicians see as faults in the current political system, and how they think it can be improved.
The Deputy PM urges farmers considering leaving their farms to ‘take every bit of good advice available before they take that ultimate step’.
Deputy PM Michael McCormack on the drought and restive Nationals.
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Following tensions in the Nationals party room over the bring-forward of the dairy code for Pauline Hanson, the Deputy PM admits that the party leadership mishandled the situation.
Nutritionally, coconut water is OK, but it’s healthier to stick to plain water.
We asked five experts if coconut water is good for you. Four out of five experts said no.
Some of Watts’ ancestors were deeply rooted in the old attitudes of “white Australia”, while his wife is from Hong Kong, and his children Eurasian-Australian.
Tim Watts on Australia’s changing identity.
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Tim Watts joins Michelle Grattan to discuss his new book, The Golden Country, in which he reconciles his family's past and present, and explores the question of what it means to be Australian.
Heather Henderson and Mary Elizabeth Calwell reflect on their fathers’ legacies, growing up in a political environment, and offer their perspectives on a different era in politics.
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Daughters of Robert Menzies and Arthur Calwell say parliament wasn’t always a “fort”
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Last week, Michelle Grattan moderated a very special discussion with the daughters of Menzies and Calwell at Parliament House. This podcast episode is a recording of that event.
The Panama Papers was the biggest-ever collaboration for investigative journalism, involving 400 journalists in 80 countries who collectively produced 6,000 stories in 100 different media outlets.
Media Files: investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer, who led the Panama Papers tax exposé.
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Today we meet Bastian Obermayer, the Pulitizer prize-winning journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into global tax evasion.
“We’d be mad not to learn the lessons” of the election result, said Chalmers on Labor’s way ahead.
Jim Chalmers on the need to change economic course.
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In this podcast, Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers argues the government can have both a more stimulatory policy and a surplus going forward.
Helen Haines (centre-right) made history at the election as the first federal independent to succeed another independent.
Independent MP Helen Haines on using ‘soft power’
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Helen Haines, who does not have the real legislative power her predecessor, Cathy McGowan shared after the Coalition fell into minority government, says "building relationships is key to getting things done".
Have you been told by your doctor to consider dropping a few kilos? The good news is that often even a small amount of weight loss can improve your health outlook.
What science says about how to lose weight and whether you really need to.
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A professor in nutrition and dietetics explains.
Despite a slowing economy, Josh Frydenberg says ‘you wouldn’t want to be in any other economy, other than Australia’.
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on a slowing economy
This week's June quarter national accounts showed the weakest economic growth since the GFC, but Treasurer Josh Frydenberg remains optimistic.
Are southern-born politicians talking about a state they essentially don’t understand?
Queensland still mystifies too many politicians but its needs are surprisingly simple.
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Two Queensland-based experts discuss what so many politicians and pundits get wrong about the Sunshine State – and what its citizens are crying out for.