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In search of the Stone Trig

That's a letterbox? (Geocaching Vlog)

Chasse par la lumière de la lune

Parks Victoria - Native mammal species seen in Victoria for first time

Native mammal species seen in Victoria for first time

An exciting discovery in the state’s far north-west Mallee region has been made during a fauna …

Australia

Lacking an agenda, the Abbott government's time is running out

The Abbott government is running out of time to try to come up with new ideas and refresh its reason for being. AAP/Tracey NearmyThe release of the …

Government Spending

Despite decades of deforestation, the Earth is getting greener

Observations from space have shown the world overall is getting greener despite deforestation and drought. Carl Davies/CSIRO, CC BY-SAWhile the news …

Is capitalism killing us?

Modern life is full of ironies, paradoxes and what Marxists used to call “contradictions”. Perhaps the greatest contradiction of all time is the …

Capitalism

Betty Churcher's death is a loss for the arts and for Australia

I first met Betty Churcher in the 1970s at an Art Association of Australia conference in Melbourne where she gave a paper on John Molvig, who was to …

Art

Be prepared for the shortest total lunar eclipse of the century

A total lunar eclipse will be visible from across all Australia this Saturday, April 4. But it will be a quick one. Rather than passing deep into the …

Lunar Eclipse

Reversing legal aid cuts isn't enough to ensure access to justice

The Abbott government cleared another “barnacle” last week when it announced that proposed cuts to legal assistance services would not be going …

Legal Aid

How increasing the GST could boost our standard of living

Treasurer Joe Hockey is likely to have an easier time selling a package of tax reforms rather than individual changes. Tracey Nearmy/AAPThe …

Cost of Living

The smell of rain: how CSIRO invented a new word

Australia’s CSIRO has come up with some pretty amazing inventions over the past 86 years of research, from polymer banknotes to insect repellent and …

CSIRO

Private health insurance 'carrot and stick' reforms have failed – here's why

The relationship between private health insurance and Medicare has been a problem since the Whitlam government introduced universal health care. …

Insurance

Daniel Andrews, board quotas and the myth of 'insufficient women'

It will take more than the quotas Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has suggested to add diversity to Australian boards. Martin Reddy/AAPVictorian …

Gender

Loan shark regulators need a lesson in behavioural economics

Every week is shark week in the sometimes shady world of consumer finance. Adam Fagen/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SAFrom the Nimble rabbit, to the loan shark, …

Behavioral Economics

Is it possible to circumvent metadata retention and retain your privacy?

Many of your online activities leave a digital trace that can reveal your identity. mikael altemark/Flickr, CC BYThere has been quite a lot …

Semantic Technology

A confused start to government's tax conversation

In launching its national “conversation” about tax reform, the Abbott government is caught between the policy imperative of “leading” and the …

Government

Competition review urges easing of rules on pharmacies and trading hours

A review of Australia’s competition laws has called for pharmacy regulations to be pared back, the full deregulation of retail trading hours and the removal of import restrictions on books and secondhand cars.

The final report of the Coalition-commissioned review also called on the government to …

Reviews

Australia's immigration department bans email autocomplete after G20 leak

Australia’s immigration department implemented a new email policy just weeks ago after learning the Guardian was aware of an embarrassing blunder that exposed the personal details of world leaders.

On Monday the Guardian reported an employee of the department had inadvertently disclosed the passport …

Autocomplete

New Zealand's Daniel Vettori confirms retirement from international cricket

New Zealand left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori confirmed what many expected in announcing his retirement from international cricket upon the team’s return from the World Cup.

The 36-year-old former captain had been widely expected to retire from international cricket at the conclusion of New Zealand’s …

Daniel Vettori

Ashes 2015: Australia select Fawad Ahmed, overlook Glenn Maxwell

Pounding Cricket World Cup hangovers may only have just abated but already Australian selectors have turned their focus to the next item on a busy agenda with the announcement of their squad to travel to the Caribbean to face West Indies and then on to England and Wales where they will dispute the …

Australia

The Australian government can't safeguard Putin's data. That means yours isn't safe, either

One of the questions I’ve been asked most in recent months is whether members of parliament will have their metadata stored under the government’s mass surveillance regime. The answer? Absolutely.

Almost every Australian has skin in this game, including some people who really shouldn’t, given the …

Surveillance

Tax-deductible status of green groups including Greenpeace under spotlight

Tax-deductible donations to environmental organisations will be scrutinised by a parliamentary committee following concerns raised by some Coalition MPs over the “activism” of green groups.

The House of Representatives environment committee has launched an inquiry into the “administration, …

Environment

Environmental Defenders Office lashes out at George Brandis over funding cuts

The Environmental Defenders Office has hit back at the attorney general after it was excluded from a backflip on government funding cuts to legal assistance services.

The attorney general, George Brandis, last week reversed the government’s $25.5m cuts to community legal centre, legal aid …

Attorney General

Climate change making droughts in Australia worse as rain patterns shift

Climate change is making drought conditions in south-west and south-east Australia worse, with serious ramifications for people’s health and the agriculture industry, a new paper has warned.

The Climate Council report states that since the mid-1990s, south-east Australia has experienced a 15% drop …

Climate

As Sydney honours black diggers, how will we remember the frontier wars?

How do we make visible what has been long ignored? How do we tell a distinct narrative of complex history? How do we commemorate fallen lives?

The story of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contribution to the armed services raises such difficult questions. Recent efforts by the Australian War …

Australia

G20 world leaders’ personal details leak a ‘huge embarrassment’, says Labor

The disclosure of G20 world leaders’ data by Australia is a “huge embarrassment”, shadow immigration minister Richard Marles said on Tuesday, as he called on the government to explain why leaders were not notified of the breach at the time.

The Guardian revealed on Monday that the passport and visa …

Embarrassment

Essendon verdict: AFL anti-doping tribunal clears past and present players

The AFL anti-doping tribunal has found all 34 former and current Essendon players embroiled in the supplements scandal not guilty.

The tribunal ruled unanimously that there was insufficient evidence to prove that the players were administered a banned peptide by the club’s sports scientist Stephen …

Tribunal

The 'worthwhile ideas' in Hockey's Re:think on tax are straight out of 1975

As the Treasury’s tax discussion paper, released yesterday, notes “Over the last 40 years Australian governments have initiated many reviews of the tax system”.

This paper, boldly entitled Re:think, promises something new, more appropriate to the changing world we live in. Moreover, “the government …

Joe Hockey

Jacqui Lambie applies to register her own political party

The Tasmanian independent senator Jacqui Lambie is seeking to start her own political party, four months after she quit Palmer United.

The Australian Electoral Commission announced on Tuesday that it had received an application to register the Jacqui Lambie Network.

Lambie said cuts to foreign aid …

UK Politics