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George Pell has lost his appeal. What did the court decide and what happens now?

george pell has lost his appeal. what did the court decide and what happens now?
George Pell’s appeal on child sexual abuse convictions has been dismissed. AAP/Erik Anderson Victoria’s Court of Appeal today delivered one of the most significant judgments in Australian legal history, dismissing Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against convictions for five child sex offences. Given Pell’s seniority in the Catholic Church as...

Will eating chicken reduce your risk of breast cancer?

will eating chicken reduce your risk of breast cancer?
While this research has merit, it doesn’t exactly tell us eating chicken reduces risk of breast cancer. From shutterstock.com You might have seen headlines recently claiming eating chicken reduces a person’s risk of breast cancer. These reports were based on a new study published in the International Journal...

‘We all slept in the car, five of us’. Young refugees talk about being homeless in Australia

‘we all slept in the car, five of us’. young refugees talk about being homeless in australia
There is help available for young refugees who find themselves homeless in Australia, if only they can find it. Supakit Wisetanuphong/Shutterstock One of the biggest challenges young people of refugee background face in their new country is finding safe, affordable and appropriate housing. Yet this...

Yes, GetUp fights for progressive causes, but it is not a political party – and is not beholden to one

yes, getup fights for progressive causes, but it is not a political party – and is not beholden to one
GetUp has been in the Coalition’s firing line for a number of years now, which is not surprising, given its lobbying efforts for left-wing causes.AAP Over the weekend, Prime Minister Scott Morrison launched a new assault on the campaigning group GetUp. At the Liberal Party’s state conference...

Why do I dwell on the past?

why do i dwell on the past?
Dwelling on the past, like writing in a diary, is part of being human and helps us form our identity. But not all memories are helpful.shutterstock Many of us enjoy writing in a diary, reading autobiographies or nostalgically reflecting with others about past times. Why...

Why do different cultures see such similar meanings in the constellations?

why do different cultures see such similar meanings in the constellations?
The Milky Way: a pattern of stars, or a pattern of gaps? Luke Busellato/Wikimedia Commons Almost every person throughout the existence of humankind has looked up at the night sky and seen more than just a random scattering of light. Constellations of stars have...

For the first time in centuries, we’re setting up a generation to be worse off than the one before it

for the first time in centuries, we’re setting up a generation to be worse off than the one before it
The avocado latte is indeed a thing, but young Australians are spending less on luxuries than they used to, while older Australians are spending more. Each new generation of Australians since Federation has enjoyed a better standard of living than the one that...

Pacific Island nations will no longer stand for Australia’s inaction on climate change

pacific island nations will no longer stand for australia’s inaction on climate change
The inability to meet Pacific Island expectations on climate change change will erode Australia’s leadership credentials and influence in the region. The Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Tuvalu last week has ended in open division over climate change. Australia ensured its official communique watered down commitments to...

Sunday essay: my brush with Susan Sontag and other tales from the gay ‘golden age’

sunday essay: my brush with susan sontag and other tales from the gay ‘golden age’
Dennis Altman in Santa Cruz California in 1984, Author provided The years between the gay liberation movement at the beginning of the 1970s and the onset of AIDS a decade later are viewed in a certain strand of gay nostalgia as “the golden age”. It’s...

No, eating chocolate won’t cure depression

no, eating chocolate won’t cure depression
If you’re depressed, the headlines might tempt you to reach out for a chocolate bar. But don’t believe the hype. from www.shutterstock.com A recent study published in the journal Depression and Anxiety has attracted widespread media attention. Media reports said eating chocolate, in particular, dark chocolate, was linked to...