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Evidence from the banking royal commission looks like history repeating itself

Do banks learn from the past? From watching the questioning of elderly disability pensioner Carolyn Flanagan at the Financial Services Royal Commission, it seems not. In the High Court of Australia on May 12 1983, one case tested the limits of a concept called...

A record $340 million lost to fraud in Australia, says latest ACCC report

More than A$ 340 million was reported lost by Australian victims of fraud schemes in 2017, up A$ 40 million on the previous year. So says the latest Targeting scams report released this week by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). It is difficult...

The farmer wants a hive: inside the world of renting bees

Almonds, blueberries, apples, melons – all of these fruits, and many more, rely on insect pollination. Some crops rely more on pollinators than others. Insect pollination isn’t just about the number of fruits produced – it can also improve the quality of the yield....

Israel is prioritising PR over peace-building in the Middle East

The opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem last week represented a major PR coup for Israel, a move the country had sought for decades. It also came hot on the heels of another celebrated Israeli PR victory – the win by Israeli singer Netta Barzilai in the hugely...

When you’re sick, the support you’ll get may depend on the ‘worth’ of your disease

The name of an illness can affect the level of care a person receives. Cancer sufferers experiencing fear and uncertainty may have access to cancer care centres. Donations and bequests enable these centres to offer everything from accessible parking, to wig and beauty...

Xiong’an, Xi Jinping’s new city-making machine turned on

Behind mega urban projects often stand strong political wills. Xiong’an is called China’s number-one urban project, and it is orchestrated by President Xi Jinping. China is midway through the largest urbanisation process in human history. New cities have mushroomed in...

Archbishop Philip Wilson to step down after sex abuse cover-up

Archbishop Philip Wilson to step down after sex abuse cover-up 23 May 2018 Image copyright EPA Image caption Philip Wilson was found guilty of concealing child sexual abuse A Catholic archbishop in Australia convicted of concealing child sexual abuse will step down...

Bunya pines are ancient, delicious and possibly deadly

Welcome to the first edition of Beating Around the Bush, a series that profiles native plants: part gardening column, part dispatches from country, entirely Australian. Read more about the series here or get in touch to pitch a plant at batb@theconversation.edu.au....

In landmark ruling, Archbishop Philip Wilson found guilty of covering up child sex abuse

The Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, has been found guilty in the Newcastle Local Court on charges of failing to report his knowledge about a Catholic priest who had sexually abused a boy in the Hunter Valley in the 1970s. A sentencing hearing will be...

Now that Malaysia has a new government, the real work begins reforming the country

The euphoria over the change of government in Malaysia is unlikely to die down soon. In fact, the honeymoon period for Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and his new government will probably last until the end of the year. Malaysians are keen to give the new...

How Conrad’s imperial horror story Heart of Darkness resonates with our globalised times

In our series, Guide to the classics, experts explain key works of literature. Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness - or “The Heart of Darkness”, as it was known to its first readers - was first published as a serial in 1899, in the popular monthly Blackwood’s Magazine....

It’s time to stop exposing people to the dangers of Facilitated Communication

Anna Stubblefield, an ex-Rutgers University Professor of Philosophy, was convicted in 2015 of the rape of an intellectually and physically disabled man after falsely obtaining his consent for sex via a technique known as Facilitated Communication (FC). Stubblefield...

Curious Kids: How does an echidna breathe when digging through solid earth?

This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions they’d like an expert to answer. All questions are welcome – serious, weird or wacky! How does an echidna manage to breathe when digging through solid...

MH370 not deliberately crashed by pilot, say investigators

MH370 not deliberately crashed by pilot, say investigators 22 May 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Some items of debris have been found, but the official search for MH370 has ended Australian investigators have rejected claims that the missing Malaysia...

Blackie Blackie Brown is a ridiculously fun story of archaeology, race and revenge

Theatre review: Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death. Nakkiah Lui’s latest play, Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death, opens with a clear statement of intent. “This is not a play of reconciliation,” we are told. “This is a play about...

Blackie Blackie Brown is a ridiculously fun story of archaeology, race and revenge

Theatre review: Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death. Nakkiah Lui’s latest play, Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death, opens with a clear statement of intent. “This is not a play of reconciliation,” we are told. “This is a play about...

Blackie Blackie Brown is a ridiculously fun story of archaeology, race and revenge

Theatre review: Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death. Nakkiah Lui’s latest play, Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death, opens with a clear statement of intent. “This is not a play of reconciliation,” we are told. “This is a play about...

View from The Hill: With apologies to Mathias, Hanson blows away government hopes on company tax

Not so long ago, new South Australian independent senator Tim Storer and Victorian crossbencher Derryn Hinch were set to be the pivotal players determining the fate of the government’s tax cut for big companies. But after the evidence from the banking inquiry Hinch’s...

Politics podcast: Dean Smith on the pros and risks of new religious freedom protections

The Liberal party is currently fighting fires on various fronts - from a revolt on the live sheep trade to preselection power struggles. Western Australia Liberal Senator Dean Smith is putting up another push, as he challenges the decision not to run Liberal...

What’s at stake in the tariff negotiations between the US and China

The United States and China have put on hold plans to place tariffs on exports, in an effort to avoid a trade war. Our analysis shows just how important these negotiations are, with the impact of trade wars adversely affecting both economies and others like Australia....

An expanding universe and distant stars: tips on how to experience cosmology from your backyard

For people like me, light years, the expanding universe and the Big Bang are part of daily language. You might perceive these as distant and abstract concepts, best left to professional astronomers with million-dollar telescopes. Or perhaps not. I think you can...

Liberal warns Coalition party room that sheep trade is a ‘vote changing issue’

A tough debate in the Coalition party meeting has highlighted the substantive and political concerns an increasing number of Liberal MPs have about the live sheep trade. As Agriculture Minister David Littleproud continued his trip to reassure Middle Eastern countries...

How NAPLAN could assess creativity and critical thinking

NAPLAN testing starts this week. With calls for a review, many education experts are calling the Future of NAPLAN into question. In this series, the experts look at options for removing, replacing, rethinking or resuming NAPLAN. Recently, some have suggested critical...

An expanding universe and distant stars: tips on how to experience cosmology from your backyard

For people like me, light years, the expanding universe and the Big Bang are part of daily language. You might perceive these as distant and abstract concepts, best left to professional astronomers with million-dollar telescopes. Or perhaps not. I think you can...

An expanding universe and distant stars: tips on how to experience cosmology from your backyard

For people like me, light years, the expanding universe and the Big Bang are part of daily language. You might perceive these as distant and abstract concepts, best left to professional astronomers with million-dollar telescopes. Or perhaps not. I think you can...

Blackie Blackie Brown is a ridiculously fun story of archaeology, race and revenge

Theatre review: Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death. Nakkiah Lui’s latest play, Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death, opens with a clear statement of intent. “This is not a play of reconciliation,” we are told. “This is a play about...

Why random identification checks at airports are a bad idea

Last week, the federal government announced new powers allowing police to stop people at airports and demand identification. When asked to justify such random checks, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull replied simply: “dangerous times.” At a later press conference he...

As Japan undergoes social change, single women are in the firing line

Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party MP Kato Kanji recently commented that women should have multiple children, and implied that single women were a burden on the state. His comments continue a tradition of politicians promoting women as vessels for population growth....

How does being overweight affect my fertility?

The proportion of Australians who are overweight or obese is at an all-time high. We know excess weight is linked to many adverse health consequences, but there is now growing understanding that it also affects fertility. Excess weight affects female fertility A fine...

Australian archbishop Philip Wilson guilty of concealing child sex abuses

Australian archbishop Philip Wilson guilty of concealing child sex abuses 22 May 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson outside the city's cathedral in 2002 An Australian court has found a Catholic archbishop guilty of...

We need your help to support The Conversation

Over the past seven years we have worked with academics to make their ideas and expertise accessible to a broad audience. Along the way we’ve created an entirely new way to deliver trusted journalism, at a time when fake news and disinformation have made people hungry...

Here’s what’s on the horizon for a male contraceptive pill – but don’t hold your breath

ON THE PILL: In this seven-part series we explore the history, myths, side-effects and alternatives of the pill, and why it’s the most popular form of contraception in Australia. The female contraceptive pill has helped millions of women take control of their...

NSW’s no-cull brumby bill will consign feral horses to an even crueller fate

New South Wales’ proposed brumby legislation – which abandons plans to cull feral horses in Kosciuszko National Park – is a dangerously reckless policy that will escalate environmental impacts, escalate costs, and put horses at risk of extreme suffering. The New South...

Housing affordability stress affects one in nine households, but which ones are really struggling?

Meeting the cost of buying a home or renting privately is difficult for many in Australia, and sadly impossible for some. Governments are concerned about the housing affordability “crisis” to varying extents, but it’s probably fair to say that we have not seen many...

Australia’s taste for translated literature is getting broader, and that’s a good thing

Iraqi author Ahmed Saadawi’s novel has been shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize. CC BY-NC-SA With today’s announcement of the winner of the Man Booker International Prize shortlist, translation again finds itself in the foreground of the literary...

New ‘virtual kidnapping’ scam targeting Chinese students makes use of data shared online

A warning about a “new” international scam targeting Chinese students in Australia was issued by the Australian Federal Police on May 14, 2018. In a typical scenario, students are contacted by someone pretending to be from the Chinese Embassy or Consulate telling them...




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The farmer wants a hive: inside the world of renting bees

Almonds, blueberries, apples, melons – all of these fruits, and many more, rely on insect pollination. Some crops rely more on pollinators than others. Insect pollination isn’t just about the number of fruits produced – it can also improve the quality of the yield....

Bunya pines are ancient, delicious and possibly deadly

Welcome to the first edition of Beating Around the Bush, a series that profiles native plants: part gardening column, part dispatches from country, entirely Australian. Read more about the series here or get in touch to pitch a plant at batb@theconversation.edu.au....

How NAPLAN could assess creativity and critical thinking

NAPLAN testing starts this week. With calls for a review, many education experts are calling the Future of NAPLAN into question. In this series, the experts look at options for removing, replacing, rethinking or resuming NAPLAN. Recently, some have suggested critical...

How does being overweight affect my fertility?

The proportion of Australians who are overweight or obese is at an all-time high. We know excess weight is linked to many adverse health consequences, but there is now growing understanding that it also affects fertility. Excess weight affects female fertility A fine...

We need your help to support The Conversation

Over the past seven years we have worked with academics to make their ideas and expertise accessible to a broad audience. Along the way we’ve created an entirely new way to deliver trusted journalism, at a time when fake news and disinformation have made people hungry...

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