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It’s the 10-year anniversary of our climate policy abyss. But don’t blame the Greens

it’s the 10-year anniversary of our climate policy abyss. but don’t blame the greens
In 2009, a Bob Brown-led Greens party voted against an emissions trading scheme – but they can’t be blamed for what came after. Mick Tsikas/AAP Federal Labor this week commemorated a dubious anniversary – a decade of climate policy failure. And it pointed the finger of...

Fingerprint login should be a secure defence for our data, but most of us don’t use it properly

fingerprint login should be a secure defence for our data, but most of us don’t use it properly
Even though passcode options include swipe patterns and long passwords, many users still use easy 4-digit PINs. This is because people are often lulled into a false sense of security when they use fingerprint login. Image: SHUTTERSTOCK Our electronic devices store a plethora of...

Explainer: the medevac repeal and what it means for asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru

explainer: the medevac repeal and what it means for asylum seekers on manus island and nauru
Jacqui Lambie has made a secret deal with the Coalition government to secure the repeal of medevac.  Image: AAP/Lukas Coch After much negotiation, the government has secured the repeal of the medical evacuation law – known as “medevac” – after making a secret deal with Senate...

‘Life just went to crap’: why army veterans are twice as likely to end up in prison

‘life just went to crap’: why army veterans are twice as likely to end up in prison
For some, military service can be effective at controlling the effects of childhood trauma. Leaving means they’ve lost that important structure.  AAP Image/Glenn Hunt The question of whether Australia does enough to support its ex-service personnel is growing in urgency, with Labor leader Anthony Albanese...

The government is hyping digitalised services, but not addressing a history of e-government fails

the government is hyping digitalised services, but not addressing a history of e-government fails
E-government involves using the internet to streamline interaction between government agencies and the public. SHUTTERSTOCK   In politics, when you have little to show for your achievements, you can release a “roadmap” for what will supposedly be achieved in the future. You can look on the bright...

Islamophobic attacks mostly happen in public. Here’s what you can do if you see it or experience it

islamophobic attacks mostly happen in public. here’s what you can do if you see it or experience it
Picture by Muhammad Ruqiyaddin/Unsplash The second Islamophobia in Australia Report launched last month, in the same week a graphic video showing a pregnant Muslim woman being punched and stomped on circulated widely on social media. Earlier in October another video went viral, showing two New South Wales...

‘Nothing quite prepares you for the impact of this exhibition’: Haring Basquiat at the NGV

‘nothing quite prepares you for the impact of this exhibition’: haring basquiat at the ngv
Crossing Lines, ‘a raw and uncompromising show’, opens with this reproduction of Haring’s creation on the NGV Waterwall, which he painted in 1984. NGV/© Keith Haring Foundation Photo: Tom Ross Review: Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines, National Gallery of Victoria In the 1980s,...

New research shows prejudice still high in Australia, but many people seeking to promote social inclusion

new research shows prejudice still high in australia, but many people seeking to promote social inclusion
About a quarter of Australians have experienced a form of major discrimination in the past two years. James Ross/AAP Australians like to think of themselves as living in the land of the “fair go”. Problem is, not all of us get one. As part of a...

Scientists re-counted Australia’s extinct species, and the result is devastating

scientists re-counted australia’s extinct species, and the result is devastating
The Tasmanian tiger is among the best known of our extinct species, but researchers have now revealed the extent of the crisis. TASMANIAN MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY It’s well established that unsustainable human activity is damaging the health of the planet. The way we use...

Parents of teens, here’s what you really need to know about MDMA

parents of teens, here’s what you really need to know about mdma
Just around 3% of teens have used MDMA (ecstasy) in the past year. Franz Pfluegl/Shutterstock We all want to reduce drug-related harm and ensure young people don’t take unnecessary risks. But decades of research shows fear isn’t an effective way to do this. This week, Newscorp Australia...