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Is Test cricket in danger of losing its identity?

England defeated Australia by eight wickets in the third Ashes Test as the break-neck pace of a thrilling series continued unchecked, with the longer …

Sport (Australia)

How India dumped its cricket hero, Dhoni

Till last year, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the ultimate authority when it came to Indian cricket. Be it with decisions on the field or the ones off it, …


Go bush: 3 top spots for outdoors adventure in NSW

Outdoors adventure is hiding in plain sight: We've taken a closer look at three top spots where you can go bush in New South Wales.

1. Coffs …

Travel (Australia)

Dolphins, fish of Roebuck Bay need sanctuary in planned marine park: scientists

Scientific research suggests sanctuary zones can be the powerhouses of marine parks. So why isn't there one being planned for WA's Roebuck Bay?


Park’s finest range(rs)

IT HAS been 13 years of holding the “thin green line” at one of the most beautiful offices for Noosa Heads National Park interpretive ranger Trevor …

Australian National Parks

Australia-Indonesia relationship is back to 'normal', meaning fragile as ever

Julie Bishop recently claimed that the Australia-Indonesia relationship is 'very strong and very good'. AAP/Johannes ChristoAustralian Foreign …


Change penalty rates, reform work agreements, urges Productivity Commission: experts respond

Cafe workers are among many that stand to lose Sunday penalty rates. Felipe Neves/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDHospitality, entertainment, retail, restaurant …

Minimum Wage

Hospital patients are more likely to die at weekends but seven-day rosters are no panacea

If you are admitted to a hospital on the weekend, you have a higher chance of dying than if you are admitted during the week. This is known as the …


Sundays are similar to Saturdays for workers: Productivity Commission

The Productivity Commission has recommended paring back Sunday penalty rates in some sectors, more consideration to economic circumstances in setting …

Tony Abbott

Windows 10 is not really free: you are paying for it with your privacy

It might look free, but you pay for it in other ways. Khaos VFXWindows 10, it seems, is proving a hit with both the public and the technology press …

Microsoft Windows

When Racism Masquerades as “Equality”: The Adam Goodes Furore

Adam GoodesThroughout most of Australia’s modern history white society has worked hard to make Indigenous Australians disappear. In the early days it …


Wanted: an independent umpire to set and enforce clear parliamentary entitlement rules

Tony Abbott has put the entire system of parliamentary entitlements up for review. AAP/Mick TsikasThe parliamentary entitlements review called by …

Tony Abbott

Increasingly, we can't trust journalists to decipher finance

Helpful or captured? Image sourced from Shutterstock.comIn the fallout of the 2008 global financial crisis, the financial media were criticised for …


Watchdog role still important to Australia's future journalists

Tracey Nearmy/AAPJournalism programs at Australian universities came under industry fire last year for ill-preparing students to work in mainstream …


Reducing emissions alone won't stop climate change: new research

Based on current greenhouse gas emissions, the world is on track for 4C warming by 2100 - well beyond the internationally agreed guardrail of 2C. To …

Climate Change

Sharper GPS needs even more accurate atomic clocks

How accurate is that GPS navigation? Flickr/Marcin Wichary, CC BYThe GPS network might just be Earth’s greatest piece of infrastructure. It’s …


Students' low financial literacy makes understanding fees, loans, debt difficult

Financial literacy in Australian is low, particularly so in those under 25 years of age. What might be surprising is that it is low even among …


The speakership: a prize out of nowhere for ... whom?

After his disastrous "captain's call" Bronwyn Bishop, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has indicated that those aspiring to succeed her as speaker can …

News (Australia)

Reserve Bank keeps cash rate on hold at 2%, pushing up Australian dollar

The Australian dollar rose by nearly one US cent after the RBA kept the cash rate on hold at 2% and toned down its rhetoric on the need for the currency to fall.

Shortly after 3pm, the currency was worth US73.50c, up from US72.64c at the start of the day.

The RBA had previously said the Australian …

Business (Australia)

Barnaby Joyce says falling coal profits could scupper Shenhua's NSW mine

One of the Coalition’s fiercest campaigners against the emissions trading scheme, agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce, has said the declining profitability of coal was a big factor in the fight against the $1.2bn Shenhua Watermark mine.

Joyce, who famously predicted lamb roasts would rise to $100 …

National Party of Australia

Tony Abbott says he will pay a personal price for backing Bronwyn Bishop

Tony Abbott has admitted he will pay a personal price for failing to act sooner to remove his friend and ally Bronwyn Bishop amid the scandal over her expenses and said he would not make a “captain’s pick” to replace her.

“The government has inevitably paid a price and I dare say there will be a …

Tony Abbott

Forget Mitchell Johnson, remember when West Indies truly ruled by pace

Geoff Miller, erstwhile Derbyshire and England off-spinner, national selector and wonderful raconteur, tells a terrific story of the time he was in the England party that toured the Caribbean in the spring of 1981.

It was the net session before the third Test at Kensington Oval in Barbados and the …

West Indies

Health Check: the low-down on standing desks

Sitting, it’s becoming fashionable to note, is the “new smoking”. Sedentary behaviour dominates modern life, just as smoking did some decades ago. …

Life Sciences

The scariest part of climate change isn't what we know, but what we don't

We know a lot about what climate change will do, but 'when' is a tougher question. Nick Kim“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the …


The unmaking of the Australian working class – and their right to resist

The revolution of the past three decades has not been kind to the people who have experienced the destruction of their industries, jobs and …

Working Class

IOOF - Protecting the Whistle-blower

The IOOF circus is back in town and the performance of the stars promises to be even more entertaining than last time.The story so far. In December …


Uni drop-out rates show need for more support, not capped enrolments

University attrition or 'drop-out' rates are at their highest level since 2005. from latest Selected Higher Education …


Bishop resignation won't end impact on Coalition

When the Bronwyn Bishop “choppergate” scandal broke, it could have disappeared into oblivion without any major consequence. Instead, it grew …

News (Australia)

Up next: video-on-demand shakes up the television industry

There are more television services than ever before. Glenn Brown/Flickr, CC BY-NCTelstra last week announced that it will launch Telstra TV in …


The role of water in Australia's uncertain future

A water treatment pond. Image courtesy Seqwater, Author providedIf you live in an Australian city, there’s a good chance that your water comes from …