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From fear to connection, dynamic MENTAL exhibition explores a colourful spectrum of experiences

from fear to connection, dynamic mental exhibition explores a colourful spectrum of experiences
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Wheel by Hiromi Tango and Dr Emma Burrows (2021) Science Gallery/Alan Weedon Review: MENTAL: Head Inside, curated by Tilly Boleyn. After three false starts due to lockdown, the Science Gallery’s inaugural exhibition, MENTAL: Head Inside, is opening at its new space in Carlton. The gallery is one node in...

What a disaster: federal government slashes COVID payment when people need it most

what a disaster: federal government slashes covid payment when people need it most
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Image: Mick Tsikas/AAP With Australia’s official COVID-19 infection numbers topping 100,000 a day, the federal government has slashed its last remaining pandemic support payment. The decision is ill-timed, irresponsible and heartless. It is stripping away support for those most affected by the pandemic at the time they...

63.5% of Australia’s performing artists reported worsening mental health during COVID

63.5% of australia’s performing artists reported worsening mental health during covid
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Image: Hailey Kean/Unsplash 92% of performing artists experienced significant changes to their work during early stages of the pandemic – and at least half experienced depression. These shocking figures comes from new research talking to hundreds of performing artists from across Australia. The impact of COVID-19 was particularly devastating...

The republic debate is back (again) but we need more than a model to capture Australians’ imagination

the republic debate is back (again) but we need more than a model to capture australians’ imagination
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Image: Chris Jackson/AP/AAP The Australian Republic Movement has just released their preferred model for a republic. It would see Australia’s parliaments nominate candidates for head of state, who would be put to a popular vote of all Australian voters. The head of state’s term would be for five...

No, chivalry is not dead – but it’s about time it was

no, chivalry is not dead – but it’s about time it was
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Image: Shutterstock It is customary in many Western cultures for men to offer a range of special courtesies to women. This includes paying on dates, carrying heavy objects, pulling out chairs, opening doors, and allowing women to go first, even when the man was there...

Sportswashing: how mining and energy companies sponsor your favourite sports to help clean up their image

sportswashing: how mining and energy companies sponsor your favourite sports to help clean up their image
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AAP Image/Darren England Fossil fuel and carbon-intensive industries have an image problem. As awareness of their environmental impact grows, energy and mining companies in particular are desperate to maintain control over spiralling levels of public esteem. For decades, greenwashing has been a go-to tactic for companies...

Latest isolation rules for critical workers gets the balance right. But that’s not the end of the story

latest isolation rules for critical workers gets the balance right. but that’s not the end of the story
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Image: Albert Perez/AAP Thousands more essential workers will be allowed back to work rather than having to self-isolate for seven days, under new rules agreed by national cabinet. High-risk close contacts – those living with someone who has COVID-19 – must have a negative rapid antigen test on day one,...

Why Novak Djokovic lost his fight to stay in Australia – and why it sets a concerning precedent

why novak djokovic lost his fight to stay in australia – and why it sets a concerning precedent
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Image: James Ross/AAP Many sports stars are, rightly or wrongly, held up as role models. In the case of Novak Djokovic, we have a set of powerful factors at play. On one side is a tennis superstar who is unvaccinated and has raised concerns about receiving...

This WA town just topped 50℃ – a dangerous temperature many Australians will have to get used to

this wa town just topped 50℃ – a dangerous temperature many australians will have to get used to
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Image: Shutterstock While Australians are used to summer heat, most of us only have to endure the occasional day over 40℃. On January 13th, the temperature peaked at 50.7℃ in Onslow, a small Western Australian town around 100km from Exmouth. Remarkably, the town sits right next to the...

Legendary band Yothu Yindi and their trailblazing call for a treaty

legendary band yothu yindi and their trailblazing call for a treaty
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Image: Yothu Yindi performing at the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. Dave Hunt/AAP Review: Writing in the Sand: The Epic Story of Legendary Band Yothu Yindi and How Their Song Treaty Gave Voice to a Movement by Matt Garrick (ABC Books) Readers are...