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How Big Money Influenced the 2019 Federal Election – and What We Can Do to Fix the System

How Big Money Influenced the 2019 Federal Election – and What We Can Do to Fix the System

Amid the ongoing bushfire and coronavirus crises – and the political kerfuffle surrounding the Nationals and Greens – you’d be forgiven for missing the annual release of the federal political donations data this week. Nine months after the 2019 federal election, voters finally get a look at who funded the political parties’ campaigns. The data...

As Fires Rage, We Must Use Social Media For Long-Term Change, Not Just Short-Term Fundraising

As Fires Rage, We Must Use Social Media For Long-Term Change, Not Just Short-Term Fundraising

With 26 fatalities, half a billion animals impacted and 10.7 million hectares of land burnt, Australia faces a record-breaking bushfire season. Yet, amid the despondency, moving stories have emerged of phenomenal fundraising conducted through social media. At the forefront is Australian comedian Celeste Barber, whose Facebook fundraiser has raised more than AUD$45 million – the...

How to Monitor the Bushfires Raging Across Australia

How to Monitor the Bushfires Raging Across Australia

As I write this, fires are consuming huge swathes of Australia and conditions are expected to worsen. The situation is attracting global interest, and reporting has been extensive. But it isn’t always easy to find reliable information on how the situation is developing in specific areas that are home to your family and friends. Read...

Your Christmas Shopping Could Harm Or Help the Planet. Which Will It Be?

Your Christmas Shopping Could Harm Or Help the Planet. Which Will It Be?

Australian shoppers are set to spend $52.7 billion this Christmas. In the words of the retail industry, we are “stampeding” to empty our wallets, both online and in stores. The shopping frenzy is not good for the planet. It generates a mountain of waste including plastics, and decorations, wrapping paper and party paraphernalia only used...

The Most Important Issue Facing Australia? New Survey Sees Huge Spike in Concern Over Climate Change

The Most Important Issue Facing Australia? New Survey Sees Huge Spike in Concern Over Climate Change

While most Australians still view the economy as the most important issue facing the country, a new survey released today shows climate change is rapidly becoming a major concern, as well. Now in its 12th year, the Scanlon Foundation survey is the largest- and longest-running poll tracking public opinion on social cohesion, immigration, population and...

An 8-Year-Old Made US$22 Million on YouTube, But Most Social Media Influencers are Like Unpaid Interns

An 8-Year-Old Made US$22 Million on YouTube, But Most Social Media Influencers are Like Unpaid Interns

Like any eight-year-old, Ryan Kaji loves to play with toys. But when Ryan plays, millions watch. Since the age of four he’s been the star of his own YouTube channel. All up his videos have gained more than 35 billion views. This helped make him YouTube’s highest-earning star in 2018, earning US$22 million, according to...

Drought and Climate Change Were the Kindling, and Now the East Coast is Ablaze

Drought and Climate Change Were the Kindling, and Now the East Coast is Ablaze

Last week saw an unprecedented outbreak of large, intense fires stretching from the mid-north coast of New South Wales into central Queensland. The most tragic losses are concentrated in northern NSW, where 970,000 hectares have been burned, three people have died, and at least 150 homes have been destroyed. A catastrophic fire warning for Tuesday...

Involving Kids in Making Schools Sustainable Spreads the Message Beyond the Classroom

Involving Kids in Making Schools Sustainable Spreads the Message Beyond the Classroom

The recent student-led climate protests reflect the need for schools to provide opportunities to nurture their students’ global, environmentally conscious minds. Modern education isn’t only about teaching kids the traditional concepts of say, English and Mathematics – it is also about helping to develop confident adults and informed citizens. The curriculum goes some way to...

Why Don’t More Women Win Science Nobel Prizes?

Why Don’t More Women Win Science Nobel Prizes?

All of the 2019 Nobel Prizes in science were awarded to men. That’s a return to business as usual, after biochemical engineer Frances Arnold won in 2018, for chemistry, and Donna Strickland received the 2018 Nobel Prize in physics. Strickland was only the third female physicist to get a Nobel, following Marie Curie in 1903...