Dumping of Jane Prentice highlights Coalition’s women problem

Dumping of Jane Prentice highlights Coalition’s women problem

By Marian Sawer Updated May 15, 2018 10:13:08 Photo: The Coalition has repeatedly stated that to introduce positive steps to promote women, such as candidate quotas, would be “patronising”. (Facebook: Jane Prentice) Is the Coalition deaf to the upsurge in women’s discontent at being treated as second-class citizens? The dumping …

Eight charts that illustrate our growing tax problem

Eight charts that illustrate our growing tax problem

By Rebecca Cassells and Alan Duncan Posted May 07, 2018 12:17:58 Photo: Ken Henry, John Howard and Joe Hockey have all attempted to reform Australia’s tax system.  (AAP: Emil Jeyaratnam) As we move closer to Treasurer Scott Morrison’s third budget, what we do know is this — Australia has a …

Plastic is not the problem, it’s what you choose to do with plastic that’s the problem: expert

Plastic is not the problem, it’s what you choose to do with plastic that’s the problem: expert

Posted April 30, 2018 13:55:50 Photo: Professor Anthony Ryan says it’s not plastic that is the problem, but how people choose to deal with it. (Unsplash: Peter Bond) Getting rid of plastics entirely is highly unlikely, but also unnecessary. What we need to do is learn to stop using bad …

Banking royal commission: Lax lending by banks could see our debt problem come crashing down

Banking royal commission: Lax lending by banks could see our debt problem come crashing down

By Therese Wilson and Gill North Updated April 27, 2018 10:08:41 Photo: The prospective harm that could result to households from elevated levels of indebtedness, and the adverse flow-on effects to the Australian economy, can’t be ignored. (ABC News: Margaret Burin) Related Story: Financial advice firm impersonated client, royal commission …

Tennis integrity report flags ‘tsunami’ of corruption in lower levels, but ‘problem is low’ at elite level

Tennis integrity report flags ‘tsunami’ of corruption in lower levels, but ‘problem is low’ at elite level

Posted April 26, 2018 08:44:09 Tennis faces “very significant” integrity problems caused by the sharp increase in internet betting, an independent report concluded in its interim finding, with one investigator describing a “tsunami” of corruption at the game’s lower levels. The Interim Report of the Independent Review of Integrity said …

Great Barrier Reef’s microfibre problem increasing due to synthetic clothes, study finds

Great Barrier Reef’s microfibre problem increasing due to synthetic clothes, study finds

Posted April 11, 2018 19:02:03 Photo: Microfibres made up nearly 70 per cent of samples collected. (ABC North Queensland: David Chen) Related Story: Microplastic pollution of seafloor widespread along Australia’s south-east coast: study Related Story: Australia’s obsession with new clothes hurting the environment A survey of pollution on the Great …

How a regional community is working together to solve its own drug problem

How a regional community is working together to solve its own drug problem

Posted April 09, 2018 18:33:47 Photo: Tye Atkinson and Nathan Harris are receiving treatment at The Cottage. (ABC Shepparton: Rhiannon Tuffield) A group of Shepparton philanthropists have successfully established a residential rehabilitation centre in the hope the service can begin the domino effect needed to address drug and alcohol abuse …

What can the Liberal party do about its talent problem? | Van Badham | Opinion

London, 7 February 1769 may seem a distant place to begin a discussion about the troubles of Australia’s Liberal party. Bear with me. In the context of recent events, lessons in both history and the political usefulness of a long memory have become imperative. That particular date marks the publication …

Government commits to fight against illicit drugs as report shows ‘significant’ ice problem

Government commits to fight against illicit drugs as report shows ‘significant’ ice problem

Updated April 05, 2018 16:55:49 The Government remains focused on slowing down the supply of ice, Federal Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity Angus Taylor says. Key points: Minister says law enforcement is key when tackling ice use Ice is the biggest problem in Adelaide Analysis helps determine where to …

Democracy is failing its brief with its women problem

Democracy is failing its brief with its women problem

By Cathy Hunt Posted April 05, 2018 14:07:50 Photo: Senator Larissa Waters was the first woman in Federal Parliament to breastfeed her baby in the house. (AAP: Mick Tsikas) Related Story: The Liberals have a gender problem. But when women bring it up, there’s a ‘collective eye roll’ Related Story: …