Turnbull dumps emissions legislation to stop rebels crossing the floor

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has done a backflip on his proposal to put the emission reduction target into legislation, in the face of rebel backbenchers threatening to cross the floor.The new plan...

What happened in the Bawa-Garba case and why was reinstating her the right decision?

UK's Dr Bawa-Garba had an otherwise good record as a doctor, before being found guilty of manslaughter. Screenshot, YouTubeA UK doctor’s medical registration has been reinstated after it was ini...

This is what policymakers can and can't do about low wage growth

Households feeling the pinch from frozen wages feeds into slower economic growth, and policymakers need to find a solution.Bacho/ShutterstockThis is longer than the usual Conversation article, so allo...

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the NEG showdown and a ray of parliamentary unity after Fraser Anning's racist speech

Michelle Grattan speaks with University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics. They discuss the next hurdles in legislating the National Energy Guarantee now tha...

Drought, wind and heat: when fire seasons start earlier and last longer

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service declared the earliest total fire bans in its history this week. The entire state was declared to be in drought on the same day. The combination of winter drought...

Aretha Franklin and her community opened their doors and their hearts to me

Listening to the world pouring out its heart today, mourning and celebrating Aretha’s remarkable life, I wonder just how much my words could possibly add anything of substance to all of this.Are...

The majority of people who see poaching in marine parks say nothing

Marine parks protect fragile ecosystems, like coral reefs.Justin RizzariWhat would you do if you saw someone breaking the law? Would you report the offender to the police? Confront them? Or would you ...

Choose This Day Who You Will Serve

In our current confrontation with Radical Islam the battle lines are portrayed as those between a secular society, us and a religious society, them.  I reject this portrayal as a betrayal of the fai...

How to get away with fraud: the successful techniques of scamming

Fraudsters use specific social engineering tactics to gain the trust of their victims.ShutterstockIt is easy for those of us who have ignored emails from Nigerian princes or refused to transfer money ...

Ten habits of people who lose weight and keep it off

Before you go for seconds after your meal, have a glass of water and wait five minutes before checking in with your hunger again.from www.shutterstock.comMost people who diet will regain 50% of the lo...