In-depth analysis of current affairs, lifestyle and the topics that get us talking in English by our multilingual journalists.
Wednesday 20 Jul 2016
Last year over 163 thousand people from 190 countries became Australian citizens. You may recently have become an Australian citizen or you might be considering it. But did you know there are responsibilities and privileges that come with...
[mp3 url="http://media.sbs.com.au/audio/sbsradio_150508_410551.mp3" name="Oz Decoded: What Australian citizenship means" description=""]In 1949 the Nationality and Citizenship Act first implemented the legal concept of Australian citizenship. With...
Wednesday 9 Mar 2016
Relative to many countries, Australia's divorce rate is high. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics says that in 2012 40% of marriages ended in divorce. When contemplating a divorce, making good decisions early on can save you heartaches.
No-fault divorce, or a divorce where neither spouse is required to prove fault or wrongdoing was first introduced by the Bolsheviks following the Russian Revolution of 1917.Some six decades later Australia followed suit.The Family Law Act 1975...
Friday 4 Mar 2016
To smack or not to smack? That’s a question many parents ask themselves when it comes to disciplining their children. Some experts around the world believe it’s an outdated parenting practice that could lead to long-term negative impacts on child...
[mp3 url="http://media.sbs.com.au/audio/sbsradio_150508_410681.mp3" name="Oz Decoded: Smacking Children" description=""]Parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson is the proud father of six children. He says raising happy and confident children is about...
Friday 24 Jul 2015
Australia is in the grip of a housing affordability crisis. More and more young people are relying on their parents or grandparents for financial support. So, if you decide to use your home as security to help your children, you should be ...
Click on the AUDIO tab above to hear the full English language story.Once upon a time in our so-called “lucky country” you borrowed money from the bank, bought a house, worked hard, paid off your mortgage and enjoyed your retirement in relative...
Wednesday 8 Jul 2015

Retirement: Seniors Housing

When they retire, many people choose to relocate or downsize from their family home but choosing the right kind of home can be a challenging exercise. *To hear the English story click on the AUDIO tab*
Researchers say key issues facing older people are loneliness, social isolation, mobility, access to transport and economic hardship. It's vital to keep these factors in mind when planning for relocation later in life.University of New South...
Tuesday 23 Jun 2015
Chronic disease continues to be the major cause of death among middle-aged and older Australians. Lifestyle changes and an ageing population have been linked to the prevalence of chronic disease. But some of these conditions are preventable, par...
Chronic diseases are the main reasons older Australians are becoming ill, disabled and dying. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) says chronic disease affects people from lower socio-economic backgrounds, those living in...
Tuesday 26 May 2015

Waste: How to Recycle Well?

We buy, we use, we throw away. Or maybe we recycle, by putting the empty packet in the appropriate bin. The Australian Bureau of Statistics says, on average, each Australian produces over 1000 kilos of solid waste every year. It all has to go so...
In Australia, nearly everyone recycles. Most people you ask will tell you this is the right thing to do. Newspapers, cardboard and cans are no-brainers.  But with so many different types of packaging, how do you know you’re tossing things in...

Waste: Drugs in the Bin

Your bathroom cupboard probably has some expired pills - tucked away in the corner. Perhaps they were painkillers from that time you had a tooth extraction. Or maybe it's an old bottle of cough syrup. When it's time for cleanup, what do you do...
On the one hand, medication seems different from other types of garbage. It makes us think we should dispose of it differently as well. On the other hand - what are we supposed to do?"Leave it in the cupboard [laughs] throw it in the bin. //...