The Conversation

How big ideas for regional Australia were given short shrift

  • Written by Amanda Walsh, Associate Director, Government Relations, Australian Catholic University
How big ideas for regional Australia were given short shriftOut of 13 recommendations in the Regions at the Ready report, the government has accepted only five without reservation.Shutterstock

Eight months is a long time in politics. (If you don’t believe me, take a look at what’s happened in the federal parliament in the past week.) So waiting eight months for a response to a parliamentary...

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How Australia made poisoning animals normal

  • Written by Justine M. Philip, Doctor of Philosophy, Ecosystem Management, University of New England
How Australia made poisoning animals normalColonial graziers found it more effective to poison dingoes than rely on convict shepherds to protect their flocks. Justine Philip/AMMRIC 2017, Author provided

One of the many difficulties faced by the pioneers of Australia’s sheep industry was finding a reliable shepherd. Among the convict labour available, for every two experienced farm...

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A state actor has targeted Australian political parties – but that shouldn't surprise us

  • Written by Tom Sear, PhD Candidate, UNSW Canberra Cyber, Australian Defence Force Academy, UNSW
A state actor has targeted Australian political parties – but that shouldn't surprise usPrime Minister Morrison said there was no evidence of electoral interference linked to a hack of the Australian Parliament House computer network. from www.shutterstock.com

The Australian political digital infrastructure is a target in an ongoing nation state cyber competition which falls just below the threshold of open conflict.

Today Prime...

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How climate change can make catastrophic weather systems linger for longer

  • Written by Steve Turton, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Geography, CQUniversity Australia

Many parts of Australia have suffered a run of severe and, in some cases, unprecedented weather events this summer. One common feature of many of these events – including the Tasmanian heatwave and the devastating Townsville floods – was that they were caused by weather systems that parked themselves in one place for days or weeks on...

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  3. what makes a shooting star fall?
  4. Labor's lead narrows to just 51-49 in Ipsos, but is it an outlier?
  5. 'is it normal to get sore down there after sex?'
  6. It's time to change our drug dog policies to catch dealers, not low-level users at public events
  7. Sailors' journals shed new light on Bennelong, a man misunderstood by history
  8. it's time to end chemical warfare
  9. A peace agreement in Afghanistan won't last if there are no women at the table
  10. Just like HAL, your voice assistant isn't working for you even if it feels like it is
  11. how you are influenced to choose without really knowing it
  12. Labor's lead cut to 51-49% in latest Ipsos poll
  13. Putting babies under general anaesthetic won't affect their development, new research shows
  14. There's little reason for optimism about Closing the Gap, despite changes to education targets
  15. how queer texts could fight homophobia in Australian schools
  16. The glowing ghost mushroom looks like it comes from a fungal netherworld
  17. Michelle Grattan on reopening Christmas Island and One Nation's shenanigans
  18. The Catholic Church is headed for another sex abuse scandal as #NunsToo speak up
  19. well placed to join the Moon mining race ... or is it?
  20. who are the Uyghurs and why is the Chinese government detaining them?
  21. Electronic waste is recycled in appalling conditions in India
  22. saints or monsters, pop culture's limited view of nurses
  23. when watchdogs become pets – or the problem of 'regulatory capture'
  24. For people at risk of mental illness, having access to treatment early can help
  25. You need more than just testes to make a penis
  26. What does "reopening" Christmas Island actually mean and why do it?
  27. Here's what you need to know about melioidosis, the deadly infection that can spread after floods
  28. A refugee legal expert on a week of 'reckless' rhetoric and a new way to process asylum seeker claims
  29. How Zip Pay works, and why the extra cost of 'buy now, pay later' is still enticing
  30. Four lessons from 11 years of Closing the Gap reports
  31. Love, Academically. Why scholarly hearts are beating for Love Studies
  32. Face recognition technology in classrooms is here – and that's ok
  33. why do we have a drought?
  34. Now we are keeping comments open for 72 hours
  35. We crunched the numbers on ten recent ‘world’s best guitarist’ lists. Where are the women?
  36. Explainer: what is mastitis?
  37. In an Australian first, the ACT may legally recognise animals' feelings
  38. Male teachers are most likely to rate highly in university student feedback
  39. One-third of Australians think banks do nothing for the greater public good
  40. Economists' poll says we can fix the banks. But that doesn't mean we will
  41. Why we should (carefully) consider paying kids to learn
  42. A robot that can touch, eat and sleep? The reality of cyborgs like Alita: Battle Angel
  43. Kerryn Phelps on medical transfer numbers
  44. It's fish on ice, as frozen zoos make a last-ditch attempt to prevent extinction
  45. Composers are under no threat from AI, if Huawei's finished Schubert symphony is a guide
  46. how will the 'medevac' bill actually affect ill asylum seekers?
  47. Yes, we can put bank bosses in jail, but is that the best way to hold them to account?
  48. Morrison may reopen the Christmas Island detention centre
  49. Syphilis is making a come-back, and causing some unusual health problems
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