Australia punches well above its weight in terms of research outcomes, a habit highlighted by the release of the Ten of the Best Research Projects 2013 report.

As millions of Chinese starve and suffer in a toxic atmosphere, the government has told its high-ranked officials to tone down increasingly extravagant funerals for the sake of austerity.

The advertising game is often one of subtlety, suggestion and subliminal messaging – other times the formula is just to place a scantily-clad person next to the thing you want to sell, but research at the University of Queensland is investigating whether sex really is the best way to make a sale.

Discussions are planned which may yield a deal for the future of the town of Nhulunbuy, which will have its economy decimated when a nearby Rio Tinto refinery is closed.

An Australian uranium exploration and mining firm has been fined for lodging virtually no financial documents, and not even holding an AGM.

Schemes encouraging regional social cohesion and providing indigenous legal aid have been cut to save funds, as the Federal Government grapples with a worsening budgetary situation.

East Timor will take allegations of Australian spying to the International Court of Justice, accusing espionage around the negotiations for a lucrative oil and gas treaty in 2004.

Newcastle Council's general manager says a push for the council to keep a traditional, but not official, Christmas Eve half day for staff will cost jobs.

There has been some executive musical chairs among prominent government-linked advisors this week.

Queensland public servants are feeling the sting of a thousand cuts, with a recent survey finding more than a third believe their workplace is less efficient following the year of downsizing.

Australia’s ecology is littered with tricksters, shysters and con-artists; according to a new report.

Bids are being lodged and bets hedged to see who will bag the contracts for a $1 billion freight hub in Sydney's west.

A well-timed report has made a few suggestions to minimise the damage from excess mirth and merry-making this Christmas, unfortunately they involve something other than the couch and leftover turkey.

Thousands of Queensland doctors have been angered by changes in their employment conditions, after doctors at public hospitals were moved to individual contracts rather than collective bargaining.

Federal Court action has been launched against Australia’s washing powder barons.

The tricky wording of one internet company’s advertisements has come back to bite them, and will take a bigger chunk than originally thought.

New research suggests that studying music has very little impact on a child’s general intelligence, with a finding that could spell an end to French horn lessons around the world.

‘Bitcoin’ has been named word of the year by the Australian National Dictionary Centre (ANDC), marking the mainstream landing of the decentralised digital currency.

Court documents have shown the bank now embroiled in the largest class action in Australian history could have seen it coming.

A planned succession will see some seat-swapping at the pointy end of global engineering giant AECOM, with the President becoming chief and the chief becoming chairman.

Figures out this week show that the average Australian woman would have to work 25 years longer to retire on the same amount as a man.

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