Circus acts close the year
Congratulations to the Science Circus for completing a year of learning by giving 600 science shows around the country.
From foes to friends
Increasingly the region’s militaries, including Australia’s, are looking to defence diplomacy to resolve disputes and prevent conflict. But does it work, asks Hamish McDonald.
Lacking a unifying purpose or policies, PUP is falling apart
By Shaun Crowe, Australian National University After holding itself together for four-and-a-half months, potentially fatal cracks are appearing in the Palmer United Party (PUP). With fellow senators claiming that she refuses to attend party meetings and PUP leader Clive Palmer accusing her of being a liar, Jacqui Lambie was “demoted” on Wednesday morning from her […]
China’s ‘white gold’ infant formula rush comes at a public health cost
Australia’s richest woman Gina Rinehart’s $500m investment in a Queensland dairy operation to supply infant formula to China makes her a major player in Australian milk formula exports.
Double trouble with rural waiting times
New interactive on-line maps show GP waiting times in the bush are double those in of Australia’s cities.
UN Green Climate Fund: it’s time for Australia to step up
The G20 summit in Brisbane has put the pressure on Australia to boost its action on climate change not just at home but also internationally through a new UN-backed fund.
Finding new ways to make drugs
Chemists have developed a revolutionary new way to manufacture natural chemicals and used it to assemble a scarce anti-inflammatory drug with potential to treat cancer and malaria.
Did aid ‘buy’ African votes for Australia’s Security Council seat?
By Nikola Pijovic, Australian National University In the lead-up to Australia’s election to the United Nations Security Council in 2012, much of the media focused on the costs and value of the campaign. In particular, it was claimed Australia “bought” the votes of African nations with increased foreign aid. But as Australia’s time on the […]