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The Conversation 07/06/2020 02:10
Shutterstock. We live in a culture that values “experiences”. These are often promoted in the media, and by those selling them, as vital to enhancing our well-being. We all know big life events like marriage, parenthood, job loss and the death of loved one can affect our well-being. But by how much and for how long? We set out to measure the effect of major life events – 18 in total – on well-being. To do so we used a sample of about 14,000 Australian adults tracked over 16 years. Some of our results were expected. Others were surprising. Overall, good events like marriage improved some aspects of well-being, but bad events like health shocks had larger negative effects. For good and bad events, changes in well-being were temporary, usually
The Conversation 07/06/2020 01:41
The NSW-Victorian border will be closed as of midnight Tuesday this week, the NSW and Victorian premiers have , in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. The announcement comes amid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Victoria, which has returned several postcodes to and instituted a "hard lockdown" in at least . In a press conference on Monday morning, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said people seeking an exemption to the temporary border closure will be able to apply through the portal. It’s good exemptions are available – but it’s crucial these options are not abused.
The Conversation 07/06/2020 01:21
Wikimedia Commons. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has the border between his state and NSW will close after 11:59pm on Tuesday to prevent the coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne from spreading further. It will be the first border shutdown between the two states , when the Spanish flu epidemic prompted the NSW government to close its borders with Victoria, Queensland and South Australia to slow the spread of the virus. What will this new shutdown mean for residents on both sides of the border and what are the potential longer-term consequences of the closure, as well as those between other states? How will residents be affected? There are more than 50 land crossings between NSW and Victoria, peppered between the coast and South Australia.
The Conversation 07/06/2020 01:02
Marvel Studios. When Star Wars was awarded the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in 1978 it marked the first time the visual component of effects was . Yet, even in this moment when visual effects (VFX) was first recognised by the Academy, it was already being as the destroyer of the auteur renaissance: an Hollywood era in which directors like Martin Scorcese, Stanley Kubrick and even George Lucas himself enjoyed unprecedented freedom to make the films they wanted to make with full studio backing. The financial success of films like Star Wars turned studios towards a strategy of .
The Conversation 07/06/2020 01:00
ChameleonsEye/Shutterstock. A major global update based on data from more than 36,000 weather stations around the world confirms that, as the planet continues to warm, extreme weather events such as heatwaves and heavy rainfall are now more frequent, more intense, and longer. The is based on a dataset known as and analyses 29 indices of weather extremes, including the number of days above 25℃ or below 0℃, and consecutive dry days with less than 1mm of rain.
The Conversation 07/06/2020 00:49
Shutterstock. Amid fanfare last week at the start of the new financial year the government promised to invest over a decade to upgrade the defence force. It said a would be a stronger local defence industry and "more high-tech Australian jobs". The prime minister’s statement that it was already strong. Australia’s defence industry is growing with over 4,000 businesses employing approximately 30,000 staff.
The Conversation 07/06/2020 00:18
This week, the Victorian government unilaterally placed the residents of nine public housing towers in inner Melbourne under "hard lockdown" due to the "" of increasing COVID-19 cases. The lockdown requires all residents of these estates to remain inside their homes for at least five days, placing around 3,000 residents under special punitive measures that apply to no one else in Victoria.
The Conversation 07/05/2020 23:07 On the very day New Zealand entered COVID-19 lockdown (March 26), the man arrested for the Christchurch mosque terror attacks he was a murderer and a terrorist. Despite the lockdown, Justice Mander arranged for media and community representatives to be present when the accused confessed guilt via an audio-visual link from prison.
The Conversation 07/05/2020 21:00
In an open letter to Attorney-General Christian Porter, about 500 women working in the law from across Australia have sought changes to the way judges are disciplined and appointed. The letter comes after former High Court judge Dyson Heydon was found by an independent investigation to have sexually harassed young female associates of the court, as by The Sydney Morning Herald. The letter was also sent to Susan Kiefel, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, along with another letter to thank her. for her strong, decisive and compassionate responses to the complaints in the Heydon matter, and ask her to work with the government to see these reforms implemented in a way sensitive to the protection of judicial integrity and independence.
The Conversation 07/05/2020 20:50
Shutterstock. After a decade of legal challenges by the tobacco lobby, Australia’s pioneering push to eliminate all tobacco advertising finally has clear air. Its longest stoush, over plain packaging laws introduced in 2012, finally ended last month, when the highest adjudicative body of the Word Trade Organisation affirmed a 2018 ruling the laws did not constitute an effective trade barrier or infringe tobacco companies’ trade mark rights. This is a signifcant win.
The Conversation 07/05/2020 15:50
Shutterstock. A commissioned by the NSW government has proposed lifting and expanding the goods and services tax and replacing stamp duty with a broad-based land tax. Launched at the on July 1 by NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, panel chair David Thodey and panel member Jane Halton, the report said what has been said before – that these particular big bold changes will set Australia up for the future. But they’ve fallen flat in the past. Former Telstra chief David Thodey launching the Federal Financial Relations Review on July 1. MICK TSIKAS/AAP. Big bold proposals have losers as well as winners.
The Conversation 07/05/2020 15:50 Today we release the findings from our into how young Australians consume and think about news media. Following a summer of bushfires and during the COVID-19 pandemic, young people have told us they consume news regularly. But they also say they can find it frightening and many don’t ask questions about the true source of the information they are getting. To our surprise, despite widespread concern about “” and a growing body of evidence about the , many young people are also not getting formal education about news media at school. Our research. In February and March 2020, we conducted an online survey of young people’s media use and education. We used a nationally representative sample of more than 1,000 young Australia.
The Conversation 07/05/2020 15:49
Department of Defence. With all of the immense challenges we face on Earth this year, space can feel like an afterthought. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the hope of a growing space industry was palpable. Ribbons were cut, and Australia’s space industry was going to triple in size in just ten years. But a few weeks into March, Europe and then Australia were slowly grinding to a halt as the reality of COVID-19 set in. Satellite images from ESA’s Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission in space showed the extent to which the virus lockdown was affecting major cities. Air pollution plummeted as countries went into lockdown. Next came the dramatic global economic downturn that seemed certain to crush Australia’s space ambitions. Consultants began sending a.
The Conversation 07/05/2020 15:49
Dido building Carthage, or The Rise of the Carthaginian Empire. Joseph Mallord William Turner, c 1815. ,. Remember when Australians paid in shillings and pence? New research suggests the words for these coins and other culturally important items and concepts are the result of close contact between the early Germanic people and the more than 2,000 years ago. The city of Carthage, in modern-day Tunisia, was founded in the 9th century BCE by the . The Carthaginian Empire took over the Phoenician sphere of influence, with its own sphere of influence from the Mediterranean in the east to the Atlantic in the west and further into Africa in the south. The empire was destroyed in 146 BCE after an against the Romans. Carthaginian sphere of influence.
The Conversation 07/05/2020 05:05
Developments in Melbourne on Saturday are more important, and certainly of more interest to the public, than what has happened in Eden-Monaro. Anthony Albanese is set to struggle over the line in the Labor seat, courtesy of preferences including from the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers, unlikely bedfellows who, being on the top of the ballot paper, got the "donkey" vote. Australian Electoral Commission Count - July 5, 5:26pm. If Albanese had lost this highly marginal seat it would have been a different story – a major setback which could have led later to the destabilisation of his leadership.
The Conversation 07/04/2020 23:49
The Victorian government’s to “close and contain” nine public housing towers in Flemington and North Melbourne represents a significant escalation in the fight against COVID-19. Under the stringent new rules, some 3,000 residents will be placed under “hard lockdown” and banned from leaving their homes for at least five days. This move, announced by Premier Daniel Andrews on Saturday, also sees the Flemington and North Melbourne postcodes added to the earlier in the week. The latest response follows the identification of 108 new cases in Victoria on Saturday – the daily count in Victoria since the pandemic began. Of these new cases, 23 were from 12 households in these housing estates. Read more:. There are many questions relating to this deci.
The Conversation 07/04/2020 10:19
Research shows how to make lineups more fair and less biased. On the strength of six eyewitnesses’ lineup identifications, Lydell Grant was in 2012 for the murder of a young Texas man, Aaron Scheerhoorn, who was stabbed to death outside a Houston nightclub in 2010. All six of those eyewitnesses were wrong. New DNA testing on biological material collected from underneath the victim’s fingernails cleared Grant and implicated another man, Jermarico Carter, who police said .
The Conversation 07/04/2020 09:28
Labor's Kristy McBain Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese. AAP/Lukas Coch. At Saturday’s Eden-Monaro byelection, Labor’s Kristy McBain currently leads the Liberals’ Fiona Kotvojs by a 50.7-49.3 projected margin in Eden-Monaro election page. This page has all the numbers, including booth by booth results. The projected margin is an estimate of the margin once all votes are counted, not the current margin. McBain is given a 74% win probability. Primary vote projections are currently 38.5% Liberal, 35.3% Labor, 6% National, 6% Greens and 14.2% for all Others. Had preference flows at the byelection been similar to the 2019 federal election, the Liberals would have won. But Labor currently has 50% of all preferences, a 10% swing on preference flow.

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