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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
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
Observations from space have shown the world overall is getting greener despite deforestation and drought. Carl Davies/CSIRO, CC BY-SAWhile the news …
Modern life is full of ironies, paradoxes and what Marxists used to call “contradictions”. Perhaps the greatest contradiction of all time is the …Capitalism
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
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
The Abbott government cleared another “barnacle” last week when it announced that proposed cuts to legal assistance services would not be going …Legal Aid
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
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
The relationship between private health insurance and Medicare has been a problem since the Whitlam government introduced universal health care. …Insurance
It will take more than the quotas Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has suggested to add diversity to Australian boards. Martin Reddy/AAPVictorian …Gender
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
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
In launching its national “conversation” about tax reform, the Abbott government is caught between the policy imperative of “leading” and the …Government
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 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 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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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