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Welcome to Techtopia, our segment on the technologies set to disrupt our future and the sometimes unexpected questions we may need to ask about them.
Today, perhaps our most challenging topic yet: brain chips and other neurotechnologies that offer the possibility not only of...
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...
The agricultural sector is booming but are the benefits flowing to regional Australia?
Saul Eslake and Fiona Simson discuss the regional economy and what is needed to drive growth.
Saul Eslake is an economist, company director and Vice Chancellor's Fellow at the University...
New research suggests older Australians may be heading into retirement with a much bigger nest egg than commonly thought.
The report, by investment management firm Challenger, finds average household super wealth for those nearing retirement is close to $500,000. Given we're also living longer...
The Turnbull Government is renewing its bid to stop what the Prime Minister calls 'vexatious' litigation by conservation groups against major resource projects in this country, including the massive $16 billion Adani coal mine proposed for Carmichael in northern Queensland.
Last year, the then...
Banks are being accused of gouging customers by delaying the transfer of superannuation accounts into lower cost default superannuation funds. Retail funds have been given four years to switch accounts nominated as 'default' into cheaper My Super products with the deadline set to hit mid...
The issue of an Australian bill of rights has been placed back on the political agenda by a visiting UN expert.
Michel Forst is the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders. After two weeks in Australia, he delivered his preliminary report and recommendations...
The ACTU is calling for all Australian political parties to support a 'Buy Australian' Act, that would require major government projects and services to use locally manufactured goods, such as steel, iron, clothing and equipment.
A similar 'Buy American' provision was used by the...
The Federal Health Department has removed a previously public set of data from the internet, after researchers discovered they could identify medical information.
The researchers found that information systems experts could break the anonymity of the Medicare Benefits Schedule and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme datasets....