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Clive Palmer has a Trump-style slogan, but is no sure bet to return to parliament

With August 4th looming as the earliest possible date for an election of the full House of Representatives and half the Senate, the founder of the now-defunct Palmer United Party and former MP, Clive Palmer, has flagged his intention to run again. The new incarnation...

Why I joined #500queerscientists

I recently joined an online initiative called 500 Queer Scientists. At 500 Queer Scientists, LGBTQ+ people are encouraged to post their picture online along with a short summary describing themselves and their work in science. LGBTQ+ is an acronym referring to...

Data ethics is more than just what we do with data, it’s also about who’s doing it

If the recent Cambridge Analytica data scandal has taught us anything, it’s that the ethical cultures of our largest tech firms need tougher scrutiny. But moral questions about what data should be collected and how it should be used are only the beginning. They raise...

Grattan on Friday: Government celebrates on tax, fights on energy

The odds were always in the government’s favour in the battle to get its A$ 144 billion income tax package through parliament. However much some Senate minnows might have objected to the package’s third stage – taking effect way out in 2024 and favouring the wealthy –...

How’s it going, Mal? Why Australians can get away with familiarity but French schoolboys can’t

On Monday this week French President Emmanuel Macron was greeting some high school students at a ceremony in western Paris to commemorate General Charles De Gaulle’s call for resistance in the second world war. It became an unlikely lesson in French manners. Greeting...

Jacinda Ardern baby: New Zealand PM gives birth to girl

Jacinda Ardern baby: New Zealand PM gives birth to girl 21 June 2018 Image copyright @jacindaardern Image caption New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern posted a picture on Instagram of her with her new baby New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given...

Teaching law students creative skills could save the profession from automation

Making science for people is a series that explores how humanities, arts and social sciences expertise is applied to problems typically corralled into the science and technology space. Today’s article involves technology, but in a legal sphere. It looks at how...

The gig economy is nothing new for musicians – here’s what their ‘portfolio careers’ can teach us

The “gig economy” has been the life for musicians for many years. Despite financial instability and the prospect of unemployment, why do musicians choose this type of work? And what can we learn from their motivations? A study published by the Australia Council for...

Australia’s public servants: dedicated, highly trained … and elitist

One of the limitations of popular rule is that the people can’t vote on every matter. Instead, faced daily with complex decisions on everything from the environment to aviation to foreign affairs, governments often take the lead. But governments still consult citizens...

Lowy Institute Poll shows Australians’ support for climate action at its highest level in a decade

The annual Lowy Institute Poll on Australian attitudes to the world and global issues for 2018 has been released. Among a series of interesting findings, one thing is clear: support for climate action and renewable energy continue to grow. In response to the survey’s...

New river council will give traditional owners in the Kimberley a unified voice

Traditional owners in Western Australia’s Kimberley region have formed a new organisation to help manage the Fitzroy River. The Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council could set a precedent in WA for collaborative planning between government, industry and the native title...

Why alcohol after sport and exercise is a bad idea

Drinking alcohol after sport is a social ritual that has become ingrained in Australian culture, and it seems professional athletes are no exception, despite being paid generously to be in peak physical condition. Watching many types of professional sport in...

Take heart, charity stunts can make CEOs better people

Thousands of CEOs across the country will sleep “rough” tonight to raise money for homelessness. But is one night of sleeping rough enough to truly empathise with those who do it every night? And are CEOs who take part in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout just doing it as a...

Bangarra’s Dark Emu is beautiful, but lacks the punch of its source material

Review: Dark Emu Lights come up on an orb receding back in space, an echo perhaps taking us back in time, or into the cosmos, into the dreaming to the Emu in the Sky. Dancers, in groupings of three or five, move stage right to left, undulating up from the ground and...

How eye disorders may have influenced the work of famous painters

Vision is an important tool when creating a painted artwork. Vision is used to survey a scene, guide the artist’s movements over the canvas and provide feedback on the colour and form of the work. However, it’s possible for disease and disorders to alter an artist’s...

We don’t own data like we own a car – which is why we find data harder to protect

It’s known as the “privacy paradox”: people say they want to protect their data privacy online, but often do little to keep it safe. Why? We propose that it’s because people find data difficult to own – and things we don’t own, we tend not to protect. This is a...

Why we don’t need to prepare young people for the ‘future of work’

While there is little consensus about the “future of work”, one thing is certain – young people are at the coalface. Young workers experience insufficient opportunities for work experience, a mismatch between work and education, a lack of career management skills and...

Curious Kids: Do cats and dogs lose baby teeth like people do?

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! I just had a baby tooth fall out. Do cats and dogs lose baby teeth...

Curious Kids: Do cats and dogs lose baby teeth like people do?

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! I just had a baby tooth fall out. Do cats and dogs lose baby teeth...

Curious Kids: Do cats and dogs lose baby teeth like people do?

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! I just had a baby tooth fall out. Do cats and dogs lose baby teeth...

Jonas Knudsen: Denmark players pay for jet so defender can see new-born daughter

Jonas Knudsen has won three caps for DenmarkDenmark's players paid for a private jet so defender Jonas Knudsen could fly home and see his new-born daughter after the World Cup win over Peru.The 25-year-old's wife Trine gave birth to a girl several weeks earlier than...

Curious Kids: Do cats and dogs lose baby teeth like people do?

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! I just had a baby tooth fall out. Do cats and dogs lose baby teeth...

Curious Kids: Do cats and dogs lose baby teeth like people do?

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! I just had a baby tooth fall out. Do cats and dogs lose baby teeth...

Curious Kids: Do cats and dogs lose baby teeth like people do?

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! I just had a baby tooth fall out. Do cats and dogs lose baby teeth...

Government set to call Senate’s bluff on income tax bill

The Senate on Thursday is set to pass intact the government’s A$ 144 billion three-stage income tax package - but whether the plan is fully delivered will depend on who wins the election. On Wednesday the Senate voted 36-32 for an amended package that removed the...

Constant attacks on the ABC will come back to haunt the Coalition government

In January 1931, as the newly elected United Australia Party government of Joseph Lyons was contemplating the establishment of a national broadcasting service, the prime minister received a deputation of prominent Melburnians, including a barrister and member of the...

Curious Kids: Do cats and dogs lose baby teeth like people do?

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! I just had a baby tooth fall out. Do cats and dogs lose baby teeth...

EU to launch counter-tariffs against US on Friday

EU to launch counter-tariffs against US on Friday 20 June 2018 Image copyright Devaki Knowles Image caption The EU will target emblematic US exports such as blue jeans The European Union will launch a raft of retaliatory tariffs against US exports on Friday, a top...

Curious Kids: Do cats and dogs lose baby teeth like people do?

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! I just had a baby tooth fall out. Do cats and dogs lose baby teeth...

Curious Kids: Do cats and dogs lose baby teeth like people do?

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! I just had a baby tooth fall out. Do cats and dogs lose baby teeth...

Politics Podcast: Attorney-General Christian Porter on a crowded agenda

Attorney-General Christian Porter says the response to the consultations for the national apology to victims of child sexual abuse has been very strong with a total of 167 attendees at consultation sessions so far. “There are further consultations coming up in...

As the US leaves the UN Human Rights Council, it may leave more damage in its wake

Editor’s note: This is a longer read US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have announced the US was withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council (“HRC”). In doing so, they claimed the council was a roadblock to genuine...

Curious Kids: Do cats and dogs lose baby teeth like people do?

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! I just had a baby tooth fall out. Do cats and dogs lose baby teeth...

Curious Kids: Do cats and dogs lose baby teeth like people do?

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! I just had a baby tooth fall out. Do cats and dogs lose baby teeth...

Australia launches national inquiry into sexual harassment

Australia launches national inquiry into sexual harassment 20 June 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia says its inquiry will be unprecedented globally Australia has announced that it will hold a national inquiry into workplace sexual...

What will freight and supply chains look like 20 years from now? Experts ponder the scenarios

The Australian government is developing a national freight and supply chain strategy. As part of that effort, we created a set of scenarios describing what Australia’s future might look like 20 years from now. In evaluations by a large number of experts of all the...




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Sri Lanka cricket captain banned for ball-tampering

Dinesh Chandimal has played 48 Tests for Sri LankaSri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been banned for one Test for ball-tampering against West Indies.The 28-year-old seemed to apply saliva containing the residue of something he had in his mouth to the ball during...

How old is too old for surgery, and why?

Many of us will have been in situations with older loved ones where a doctor says surgery is too risky given the patient’s advanced age. Why is it surgery becomes risky in the elderly, and is it based on chronological age or their health? During surgery and...

Puan, oldest known Sumatran orangutan, dies in Australia

Puan, oldest known Sumatran orangutan, dies in Australia 19 June 2018 Image copyright ALEX ASHBURY/ PERTH ZOO Image caption Puan, 62, was given to Perth Zoo in 1968 The world's oldest known Sumatran orangutan has died in an Australian zoo aged 62, leaving behind 54...

Apple fined for misleading customers in Australia

Apple fined for misleading customers in Australia 19 June 2018 Image copyright AFP Image caption Customers were refused phone repairs in breach of Australian law An Australian court has fined Apple A$ 9m (£5m;$ 6.5m) for refusing to fix iPhones and iPads that had been...

Huawei rejects Australia security concerns

Huawei rejects Australia security concerns 18 June 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Huawei has offered to set up a testing centre to allay fears over the security of its hardware Chinese telecoms company Huawei has sharply criticised Australian government...

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