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38% of Gen Z Australians identify as spiritual and half of them believe in karma. Why is spirituality so popular?

Spirituality is increasingly popular with young Australians: recent research shows 38% of Gen Z Australians identify as spiritual.It also reports 50% of them believe in karma, 29% in reincarnation and 20% in astrology. When it comes to activities equated with...

We gave 60,000 food products a ‘planetary health’ star rating – see how your favourites stack up

Prostock-studio, ShutterstockLasagne or risotto? Muesli bar or brownie? What’s better for the planet? How do you know for sure? We’ve crunched the numbers on greenhouse gas emissions so you don’t have to. All you need is a smartphone with our...

Spending too much time on social media and doomscrolling? The problem might be FOMO

Olezzo / ShutterstockFor as long as we have used the internet to communicate and connect with each other, it has influenced how we think, feel and behave.During the COVID pandemic, many of us were “cut off” from our social worlds...

Australia is getting a new digital mental health service. Will it help? Here’s what the evidence says

Surface/UnsplashIn this year’s budget, the federal government announced one of the biggest changes to the mental health system in nearly two decades: a digital early intervention service to relieve Australians’ early psychological distress before it builds into mental illness.Starting in...

NZ Budget 2024: the coalition needs a circuit breaker – the National Party most of all

When finance minister Nicola Willis stands to deliver her first budget tomorrow, it will be a significant moment for her personally, but also for the coalition government, and her own National Party in particular.The budget is the most consequential event...

Is Australia a racist country? We asked 5 experts

Over the weekend at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, high-profile political journalist Laura Tingle told the audience Australia is a racist country, and always has been. It prompted widespread media coverage and criticism from Coalition politicians and media commentators.But is it...

View from The Hill: Albanese says cabinet ‘crafting an offer for the second term’ as Ed Husic ponders breaks for business

A few days ago, after yet more early election speculation, the prime minister was indicating he plans to run full term, which would put the election in May next year, with another budget before it. On Tuesday, Anthony Albanese told...

Catching public transport in Queensland will soon cost just 50 cents. Are cheap fares good policy?

haireena/ShutterstockAs part of a six-month trial, public transport fares in Queensland will soon be slashed to just 50 cents per trip for everyone. The cheap fares will apply to all trips on buses, light rail, trains, and ferries, over any...

Stand by for a pay rise on top of a tax cut. Here’s why things will feel better from July

Pormezz/ShutterstockAt the moment, things look awful.The latest Bureau of Statistics count of retail spending (spending online and in shops) released Tuesday shows we spent less in April than in February.The Westpac card tracker, which tracks spending by Westpac customers, shows...

Replanting trees can help prevent devastating landslides like the one in PNG – but it’s not a silver bullet

More than 2,000 people are now feared dead after a huge landslide buried a village in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, Australia’s nearest neighbour. Rescue efforts are being stymied by the fact the land is still sliding and moving...