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Mental illness carries enormous emotional and social costs for individuals and communities. But what about its broader impact on the economy?
According to the OECD, as many as one in two people will experience mental illness at some point in their lives. It can...
This report released by Jesuit Social Services and Catholic Social Services Australia finds that postcode is a good predictor of disadvantage.
A major review of the risks of climate change in the Murray Darling Basin is likely within the next seven years.
The proposed timeline has been revealed to ABC RN after a dispute between the Murray Darling Basin Authority and some of Australia's leading...
The loss of endangered species and poorly protected regional ecosystems is a national crisis, but it's not time to adopt what's been called 'triage' - giving up on some species while trying to pick conservation 'winners' with others.
That's the view of Dr Jim...
The idea of a currency union with New Zealand is a perennial talking point, and with the kiwi dollar drawing close to parity with the Australian dollar it might seem like there’s never been a better time. However, as Sheryle Bagwell discovers, there’s not...
New data shows that the majority of homeless young people in Australia have come straight out of state care.
Welfare organisations say the national survey of 400 homeless young people should be a wake-up call for state governments.
Many disability support pensioners will be shifted to a revamped version of the Newstart allowance if the Government accepts the findings of the McClure inquiry into Australia's costly welfare system.
The wide-ranging review has recommended a dramatic streamlining of the overall number of payments...
A group of health professionals and environmentalists are calling on NSW Premier Mike Baird to ban new coal mining in the Hunter Valley.
The lobby group includes former Australians of the Year Professors Fiona Stanley and Tim Flannery, who say that the health and...
The US government is warning its citizens that the next wave of terrorism could likely be digital, and if left unchecked, may result in a 'cyber Pearl Harbour'. President Barack Obama has promised a hardline approach to cybersecurity, but as digital security expert Ralph Echemendia...
The CSIRO has released new research saying that Australia is getting hotter than the rest of the world, and that extreme weather events will be more common.
The report is the organisation's most detailed and comprehensive climate projection to date, and shows a doubling...