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Crossed wires: ISPs are already struggling to retain our metadata

The internet is complex, but the metadata laws may be even more so. Siaron James/Flickr, CC BY-NCToday we learnt that 84% of internet service …

Semantic Technology

Payday lending vacuum makes regulation difficult

How much do alternative financial services aimed at people on low incomes contribute to their indebtedness? Image sourced from …

Financial Technology

Labor reshuffle boosts women in shadow cabinet

Former ACT chief minister Katy Gallagher will join the shadow cabinet with responsibility for mental health, housing, homelessness and women. Lukas …

Australian Labor Party

Climate models too complicated? Here's one that everyone can use

Simpler climate models could help more people understand the processes behind the predictions. Pelfophoto/Shutterstock.comMost people have a fairly …


Much more can be done to keep foreign criminal funds out of Australian property

Locations such as Queensland’s Gold Coast have been nominated as at risk of money laundering by international criminals targeting real estate. …

Business (Australia)

The oceans are changing too fast for marine life to keep up

Tuna and other top predators could run out of food in warming seas. Tuna image from www.shutterstock.comSome of the ocean’s top predators, such as …

Marine Biology

Do the ravages of age create a case for UN protection?

Old age is often associated with a reduction in abilities and the denial of human rights. shutterstockFollowing the adoption of Resolution 65/182 in …

United Nations

Beyond GDP – how Australia could help redefine well-being

The UN's Sustainable Development Goals Summit drew an unprecedented show of support from the General Assembly of nations. Reuters/Mike SegarNew prime …


Coffee companion: how that muffin or banana bread adds to your waistline

You’re better off sticking with a standard flat white or skim latte, and skipping the cake on the side. Kayla Nicole ☮/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDWhether …


Why it matters that student participation in maths and science is declining

Today's students with intentions to study at university do less maths and less science than previous generations. AAP/Dan PeledThere has been a lot …

Mathematics Education

More people will cycle when everyone accepts cyclists' right to be on the road

Cyclists have every right to be on the road - not that you'd know it from the abuse they get. ymgerman/Shutterstock.comDespite the health, …


Patching the flaws around ChAFTA's labour provisions

Unions have campaigned hard against temporary labour provisions in the China Australia free trade agreement. AAP/NewZulu/Alex Bainbridge Provisions …

Australian Labor Party

Tackling economic abuse of women must be part of our domestic violence response

Women are more likely than men to be victims of economic abuse. shutterstockAustralia is making long-overdue moves aimed at stopping domestic …

Women's News

Former cabinet ministers Billson and Macfarlane considering whether to quit at the election

Tony Abbott, backbench member for Warringah, sat beside former treasurer Joe Hockey. Mick Tsikas/AAPThe first thing you notice after walking into …

Tony Abbott

International EarthCache Day: Instagram Photo Recap

This past weekend, more than 36,300 people earned their International EarthCache Day souvenir by finding an EarthCache. Many of them decided to …


Malcolm Turnbull warned to keep word on Nationals' control of water issues

The Nationals have warned Malcolm Turnbull against welching on the spirit of the Coalition agreement by giving a Liberal responsibility for water issues, implying that such a move would fracture government discipline in the Senate.

The agriculture minister and deputy Nationals leader, Barnaby Joyce, …

Malcolm Turnbull

Scare-mongering about kids and social media helps no-one

Young people are natives to social media, but is that a bad thing? Wesley Fryer/Flickr, CC BYThe way children and young people use social media is …

Social Media

7-Eleven, Volkswagen cases show why we should push back on 'corporate ethics'

Chairman and major shareholder of 7-Eleven Russ Withers sits in a Senate Committee hearing in Melbourne. Julian Smith/AAPThere is perhaps no phrase …


Crowdfunding – Not so Innovative?

Aldous Huxley wroteThat men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of historyCrowdfunding is the …

Finance (UK)

Economic complexity is the answer to Pyne's innovation problem

Industry, Innovation and Science Minister Christopher Pyne says he will release his 'inner revolutionary' to help make Australia's economy more …


Health Check: seven nutrients important for mental health – and where to find them

While nutrient supplementation can have a role in treating certain psychiatric disorders, all kinds of nutrients should, in the first instance, be …

Healthy Eating

Review: Faction Man – Bill Shorten's Path to Power

What do we learn about Labor leader Bill Shorten from David Marr's new Quarterly Essay? AAP/Andrew BrownbillDavid Marr’s Quarterly Essay on …

Bill Shorten

When the Indian Ocean and El Niño join forces, things can get hot and dry

When the Indian Ocean combines with El Niño dry conditions come to Australia. Drought images from www.shutterstock.comEl Niño has always been a key …

El Niño

Boring and protected: fifth pillar needed to get Australian bank customers moving

The snail's pace of switching between Australian banks deserves attention. Image sourced from Shutterstock.comAustralia’s four pillars banking policy …


Who are we responsible for in the age of mass migration?

Very few of the millions of refugees from Syria and Iraq have made it to European countries in the hope of resettlement. ReutersThe tragic conflict …


Full reply from Gerry Georgatos, community consultant and media liaison officer at ATSISPEP

Gerry Georgatos, community consultant and media liaison officer at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project …

Australian News

FactCheck Q&A: are Indigenous youth suicide rates in the top of Australia the highest in the world?

Professor Pat Dudgeon and Tony Jones, speaking on Q&A, October 5, 2015. Q&AThe Conversation is fact-checking claims made on Q&A, broadcast Mondays on

Australian News

Branching out: why universities open international campuses despite little reward

International campuses have rarely been roaring successes, so why do universities continue to branch out? from

College & University

As drought looms again, Australians are ready to embrace recycled water

New surveys show Australians don't mind if the water coming from their tap is recycled. Tap image from www.shutterstock.comConcerns about drought and …


A Short History of the Future of Elections

The following remarks on the future of elections sketch the ambitious scope of an exciting Sydney/Berlin research project launched last week at the

Political History