Opinion

mobile phone

The ACCC's inquiry was launched to address concerns about the market power of major digital platforms, such as Google and Facebook, and their impact on Australia's businesses and media.

Brumadinho dam

Charter of Budget Honesty aside, we can expect assumptions that stretch credulity so the Australian government can maintain its surplus forecast.

classroom teaching

There are two types of knowledge – we've evolved to acquire the first naturally; we need schools for the second. Cognitive load theory explains how to teach knowledge we don't automatically get.

social housing

Helping tenants find work supposedly creates a pathway into private rental housing, freeing up social housing for others. Private rental costs and the situations of many tenants make that unrealistic.

climate change protest

From mass climate change movements to cultural genocide of Uighurs in China, here are some of the headline human rights moments that captured Australia’s attention.

metadata

Australia still uses a law from 1979 to govern metadata, with more than 100 amendments. This leaves loopholes that various agencies can exploit and dodge safeguards.

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Westpac shareholders at its AGM are unlikely to find any clear answers in its financial report, because such reports are increasingly confusing.

High School students

The skills children learn at school have dramatic implications for their own future and the nation's productivity, living standards and income inequality.

ageing

Emerging evidence suggests that prolonged stress exposure can accelerate the ticking rate of an internal cellular clock. By doing so, stress can contribute to faster ageing and body deterioration.

building inspection

Governments and regulators assume compliance with building regulations will restore public confidence. But complying with the National Construction Code won't fix many common defects.

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