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Bennelong polls: Galaxy 50-50, ReachTEL 53-47 to Liberal

The Bennelong by-election will be held in four weeks, on 16 December. With Barnaby Joyce almost certain to retain New England, Bennelong will decide …

Elections

It's too soon to celebrate a narrowing gender wage gap

The gender pay gap is trending downward. It has fallen from 24.7% to 22.4% in the past four years, in terms of total remuneration, according to the …

Gender

Don Dale royal commission demands sweeping change – is there political will to make it happen?

The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory’s final report, which was handed down on Friday, …

Rights & Freedoms

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the same-sex marriage ballot result

Michelle Grattan speaks to University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic) Professor Nick Klomp about the week in …

Equality

Plague outbreak: where does it still exist and could it spread?

An outbreak of plague has been occurring in Madagascar, with more than 2,000 cases and 170 deaths reported since August 2017.<p>This island nation is …

Public Health

Step up Australia, we need a traffic cop in space

Right now there are around 21,000 artificial objects being tracked in Earth orbit (and many millions too small to be tracked). Only about 1,750 of …

Space Debris

From Lord of the Rings to Crocodile Dundee – franchising Australian culture?

Are we going to see an Amazon or Apple remake of Crocodile Dundee, Blinky Bill, The Magic Pudding, The Castle or Picnic at Hanging Rock? Should we …

Agatha Christie

Three charts on: what's going on at Manus Island

Tensions at the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre remain high after the centre was officially closed on October 31 this year and handed back to …

Refugees

It's unrealistic to expect MPs to follow the view of the people who elected them every time

The same-sex marriage survey results showed up which members of parliament voted in a starkly opposite fashion to those in their electorates. The …

Brexit

A Robert De Niro Theory of Post-Truth: ‘Are you talking to me?'

<i>This article is part of an ongoing series from the Post-Truth Initiative, a Strategic Research Excellence Initiative at the University of Sydney. The</i> …

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Australia is a global top-ten deforester – and Queensland is leading the way

When you think of devastating deforestation and extinction you usually think of the Amazon, Borneo and the Congo. But eastern Australia ranks …

Environment

The dual citizenship saga shows our Constitution must be changed, and now

It is time to accept that section 44 of the Australian Constitution is irretrievably broken. In its current form, it is creating chaos that is …

Josh Frydenberg

Friday essay: when did Australia’s human history begin?

In July, a new date was published that pushed the opening chapters of Australian history back to 65,000 years ago. It is the latest development in a …

Anthropology

How 'liar loans' undermine sound lending practices

How truthful are we when it comes to negotiating loans in Australia?<p>With increasing pressure on the housing market, some of us might be tempted to …

Mortgages

Vital Signs: Australia's mining boom transition is on shaky ground

<i>Vital Signs is a weekly economic wrap from UNSW economics professor and Harvard PhD Richard Holden (@profholden). Vital Signs aims to contextualise</i> …

Economy

What prospective parents need to know about gene tests such as 'prepair'

Researchers recently renewed calls for all prospective parents to be offered testing for gene mutations that could be transferred to their child. …

Genetics

This is how to create social hubs that make 20-minute neighbourhoods work

Successful neighbourhood centres are important as places to meet and for social activity. People’s access to neighbourhood centres and the diversity …

Cities

NAPLAN has done little to improve student outcomes

<i>Since it was introduced in the 1800s, standardised testing in Australian schools has attracted controversy and divided opinion. In this series, we</i> …

Education

Grattan on Friday: In 2017 Australia has delivered to LGBTI community but failed its First Peoples

Important detail is being debated but for all intents and purposes, the same-sex marriage issue is over. The Coalition conservatives don’t have the …

Indigenous Peoples

Grattan on Friday: In 2017, Australia has delivered to the LGBTI community but failed its First Peoples

Important detail is being debated but for all intents and purposes the same-sex marriage issue is over. The Coalition conservatives don’t have the …

Nick Xenophon Team

When masturbation on screen isn't maligned

In this space recently, I wrote about the mad and bad masturbation portrayals so common on screen.<p>In the days following, Hot Octopuss – a …

Broad City

When screen masturbation isn't maligned

In this space recently, I wrote about the mad and bad masturbation portrayals so common on screen.<p>In the days following, Hot Octopuss – a …

TV

Bee aware, but not alarmed: here's what you need to know about honey bee stings

A Victorian man died yesterday after being stung by several bees. While bee sting deaths are rare (bees claim around two Australian lives each year), …

Bees

How the same-sex marriage survey got us talking about – and trusting – data

Internet speed and download potential is what commonly comes to mind when we think of data. But Australia has recently been talking a different kind …

Same-sex Marriage

FactCheck: has Queensland Labor created 'more than four times' as many jobs as the LNP?

… we have created 122,500 jobs – more than four times the number of jobs created under the Newman-Nicholls government. <b>– Queensland Labor Work Ready</b> …

Economics

Wonder Woman and Aquaman are the only charismatic leads in Justice League

Films based on DC comics have tended to be meaner, more violent, and more downbeat than their Marvel equivalents. This is, perhaps, because of the …

Justice League

War and democracy – who decides?

In March 2003, the Howard government involved Australia in an illegal military invasion of Iraq. The consequences of that war continue to be …

Middle East

The blockchain does not eliminate the need for trust

A common idea about the blockchain, the technology that powers Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, is that it can “create trust”, or allow two …

Bitcoin

Why there should be no room in the law for celebrants to discriminate on same-sex marriage

The process of legislating for marriage equality is underway. Marriage celebrants are looking forward to Australia’s busiest-ever wedding season. …

Equality

The public should be 'shocked, dismayed and disgusted' at the major banks

The Australian public should be dismayed and disgusted that the major banks are still attempting to cover up the extent of their complicity in …

Investing