Hamish Macdonald

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26 Dec 2017

It's been two months since Jacinda Ardern was sworn in as Prime Minister of New Zealand. So, how is she faring, after her first one hundred days in office?

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22 Oct 2017

Will speeds provided by the new 5G network make home internet connections redundant?

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25 May 2017

A 'hackathon' in Adelaide this weekend will look for digital solutions to help refugees settle in Australia.

Audio interview

16 May 2017

Some new scientific journals have emerged which will publish whatever you want - for the right price.

Audio interview

19 Jan 2017

The Prime Minister has retooled his frontbench following the resignation of Sussan Ley—Greg Hunt has been appointed Health Minister, while Arthur Sinodinos moves into Industry.

The reshuffle also means Australia will have its first ever federal Aboriginal minister—with West Australian MP Ken Wyatt given...

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12 Jan 2017

2017 is set to be a big year for the government on climate policy.

The Finkel Review of the National Electricity Market will be released this year and the government will also undertake a review of its own climate policies.

To give us...

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5 Jan 2017

France has moved to make every person in the country a potential organ donor. It joins a list of over twenty-five countries who already have 'opt out' laws—that means that once a person dies, it's presumed that they consent to donate their organs unless they've...

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2 Jan 2017

How do you tell a couple who are desperate for a child that they can't conceive? Then how do you tell them their last resort—paying a woman, usually in a developing country, to be a surrogate mother—is an ethical minefield?

Cambodia recently joined a...

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21 Dec 2016

Book publishers are among a number of groups that have attacked a Productivity Commission report that recommends the federal government end restrictions on so-called parallel book imports before the end of next year.

The government asked the commission to look at the idea after...

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16 Dec 2016

Disgraced former New South Wales Labor minister Eddie Obeid has spent his first night in jail.

Yesterday the former powerbroker was sentenced to five years in jail, with a minimum non-parole period of three years. In June, he was found guilty of misconduct in...

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