The Conversation

Disillusioned voters find it easy to embrace a crossbencher like Rebekha Sharkie

  • Written by Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra

More than two decades ago Alexander Downer stood aside as opposition leader for John Howard, paving the way for the 1996 Coalition election win. This week Howard was in Mayo, his former foreign minister’s one-time South Australian seat, campaigning for Downer’s daughter Georgina.

When the Super Saturday byelections were called, the...

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what is parricide and how common is it in Australia?

  • Written by Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Monash University
what is parricide and how common is it in Australia?Police at the scene in Ellenbrook, Western Australia, where the bodies of a mother and her two children were found. Her 19-year-old son has since been charged with their murder.AAP/Bohdan Warchomij

The recent killing of a young mother and two of her children in Western Australia, allegedly by the woman’s 19-year-old son, has attracted...

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Rising reliance on personal income tax signals need for bolder reforms

  • Written by Phil Lewis, Professor of Economics, University of Canberra

The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) has just released a report on trends in Commonwealth taxation receipts. While supporting the expectations of a budget in balance by 2019-20, it exposes worrying trends in the balance of the burden of taxes in Australia. In particular, its analysis of trends in the composition of tax revenue identifies an...

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Sign up to Thrive and learn to live well

  • Written by Fron Jackson-Webb, Senior Health + Medicine Editor/Chief of Staff
Sign up to Thrive and learn to live wellYour weekly dose of evidence.

Eat this, don’t eat that. Exercise like this, not like that. Sleep more, sleep less. Sound like something you’ve heard before? Well, we’re tired off it too.

When it comes to the world of health and living, there are a million different opinions floating around, all claiming to know the best best way...

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  1. can comedy really change our environmental behaviours?
  2. The winners and losers in the 2018 World Cup broadcast battle
  3. how Tasmania's Aboriginal people reclaimed a language, palawa kani
  4. Tech innovators start to see old-fashioned benefits of collective bargaining
  5. a fishy tale much more primitive than we thought
  6. Do 'screaming children' in playgrounds ruin neighbourhood parks?
  7. The case for introducing rhinos to Australia
  8. Ten classics of Indigenous design
  9. how gift cards initiate children into the world of 'credit'
  10. Does osteopathy work?
  11. What Australia's convict past reveals about women, men, marriage and work
  12. When art meets reality TV our visual literacy is found wanting
  13. Why Trump has made Europe more fearful of a possible Russian attack
  14. Plastic poses biggest threat to seabirds in New Zealand waters, where more breed than elsewhere
  15. Explaining Australia's school funding debate: what's at stake
  16. So your child refuses to go to school? Here's how to respond
  17. US citizens can now publish models of 3D printed firearms online. What does it mean for us?
  18. A new study should be the final nail for open-plan offices
  19. Indigenous peoples are crucial for conservation – a quarter of all land is in their hands
  20. Rossini’s William Tell, and its famous overture
  21. Why Australians' religious freedom is worth protecting
  22. Workers' compensation doesn't cover gig workers – here's a way to protect them
  23. A new blood test could detect early stage melanoma in more than 80% of patients
  24. If an insect is flying in a car while it is moving, does the insect have to move at the same speed?
  25. AEMO's new electricity plan is neither a death knell nor a shot in the arm for coal
  26. the science of beautiful sunsets
  27. Think the dual citizenship saga does not affect state parliamentarians? It might be time to think again
  28. How rising inequality is stalling economies by crippling demand
  29. How an alien seaweed invasion spawned an Antarctic mystery
  30. A brief history of briefs – and how technology is transforming underpants
  31. Russia's World Cup widely hailed as success, but will the good vibes last for Putin?
  32. Australian jobs aren't becoming less secure
  33. CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing scissors are less accurate than we thought, but there are fixes
  34. The new national housing agreement won't achieve its goals without enough funding
  35. who really deserves the rewards from success?
  36. New Treasury secretary rolls the dice on his future
  37. the case for opting in
  38. the case for opting out
  39. How ideas of 'adulthood', its rights and responsibilities, are changing around the world
  40. tracing the cultural history of the monstrous Lambton Worm
  41. The off-topic Conversation #164
  42. You've heard of a carbon footprint – now it's time to take steps to cut your nitrogen footprint
  43. Why Australia's homelessness problem is getting worse, despite a rise in housing stock
  44. How quantum computers could steal your bitcoin
  45. Why plastic bag bans triggered such a huge reaction
  46. As Trump meets Putin, expectations may be high but the prospects are poor
  47. Curious Kids: Why do birds sing?
  48. The science and art of reef restoration
  49. William Faulkner diagnosed modern ills in As I Lay Dying
  50. Getting an initial specialists' appointment is the hidden waitlist


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