On a hot day in February, an unexpectedly high king tide caused rising water to lap at the beds in the maternity wing of the Beito Hospital on the Pacific atoll nation of Tarawa, Kiribati. In these beds, women were either in the process of giving birth or recovering from labour. They and their newborn […]
Tax. It’s a dirty word for many. But it’ll be on the lips of all the G20 finance ministers at this weekend’s meeting in Cairns (20 & 21 Sep), as they forge ahead with the next steps towards reforming a global tax system tied together around a multitude of loopholes. Tax shouldn’t be a dirty […]
If there’s one issue that’s been a hot topic around kitchen tables in the past month, it’s the Federal Budget and whether or not it will widen the gap between those who have much, and those who don’t. A national poll out today (Monday 16 June) confirms this deepening concern within the Australian community – 79 per […]
If you’ve ever lived away from home, you’ve probably experienced those pangs of homesickness that can spring from nowhere. One minute, you’re going about your business and the next, something small will spark a memory of home, family or friends.
Most of us know that sugar in large quantities isn’t good for us.
But there are some hidden nasties in the sugar story that we don’t know about.
This week, we’ll read and hear a lot about the science of climate change. But the story of climate change is also a story about people, and human suffering.
Now down to its final week as president of the United Nations Security Council, Australia has a real chance to make its mark on the powerful body.
CLIMATE politics may have been back in the headlines recently, but have we forgotten why we cared so much about cutting carbon pollution in the first place?
IT’S week one of the formal election campaign, and all parties are in full swing outlining why they deserve our vote.
The amount of money Australia gives in overseas aid won’t be a defining issue of this election. Indeed, on Friday, the Federal Government yet again treated the aid budget like an ATM, announcing it would strip foreign aid to pay for its refugee deal with Papua New Guinea.
I recently met Reema*, a 19-year-old Syrian girl, in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Back in Syria, Reema had her whole life before her. She’d just finished high school, and was about to go to university to study. She was eager to work and set up her future.