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To pat or not to pat? How to keep interactions between kids and dogs safe

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to pat or not to pat? how to keep interactions between kids and dogs safe
Image: Charlie Ferris with Bi on the left and Coco on the right: Courtesy Kath Quinn With dog attacks in the news over recent weeks, some parents may be wondering about how to keep interactions between kids and dogs safe – and how to keep everyone happy. A review of hospitalisations due to dog bites in Australia found children under nine years presented most...

Hey, guess what, guys? Women vote too – and they may decide the outcome of this election

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hey, guess what, guys? women vote too – and they may decide the outcome of this election
Image: AAP/Diego Fidele Because “women’s issues” have been in the headlines over the last year, it may seem strange they have not been more prominent in the election campaign. Yet it is clear gender has played a crucial role in defining the choice voters will make in the 2022 election, and female voters may well prove decisive in the election outcome...

Almost 90% of us now believe climate change is a problem – across all political persuasions

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almost 90% of us now believe climate change is a problem – across all political persuasions
Image: Getty If a week is a long time in politics, three years is an eternity. Since the 2019 election, Australia has endured devastating megafires and unprecedented floods. Meanwhile, news of extreme weather such as India and Pakistan’s horrific heatwaves has poured in. And international pressure to act on climate change is growing. Perhaps in response, Australian views of climate change...

State of the states: six politics experts take us around Australia in the final week of the campaign

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state of the states: six politics experts take us around australia in the final week of the campaign
Images: Mick Tsikas/AAP In the first week of the campaign, we journeyed around the country with six politics experts to examine the key seats and issues affecting different parts of the Australia. What has happened since? Which seats do you need to watch on election night? In the final week, our experts return to look at Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania...

Hook-ups, pansexuals and holy connection: love in the time of millennials and Generation Z

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hook-ups, pansexuals and holy connection: love in the time of millennials and generation z
“That Love is all there is,” wrote Emily Dickinson, Is all we know of Love; It is enough, the freight should be Proportioned to the groove. Does what we know of love still apply to Australian relationships today – particularly among millennials and Generation Z, whose partnerships and dating behaviours are charting new territories? Online dating, hook-ups, increased access to porn. Chastity movements. Romantic...

If the polls are right, he may soon be the next Australian prime minister. So who is Anthony Albanese?

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if the polls are right, he may soon be the next australian prime minister. so who is anthony albanese?
Image: AAP/Lukas Coch Karen Middleton’s 2016 biography of Anthony Albanese concludes with a speech he made that year, on the 20th anniversary of his election to parliament. “I’m patient”, he told his clapping audience, “I’m patient — I’m a Souths fan”. The South Sydney Rabbitohs are the Rugby League club Albanese supports, which for the greater part of his adult life...

Gambling and homelessness in older age: hidden and overlooked, but preventable

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gambling and homelessness in older age: hidden and overlooked, but preventable
Image: Erik Mclea/Unsplash Gambling and homelessness are clearly linked. Australians over 50 are particularly vulnerable. They have high rates of regular gambling, and are the fastest-growing age group of Australians experiencing homelessness. Data from homelessness services across Australia reveals older service users have the highest rates of gambling problems. Until now, little attention has been given to the issue. For example, there’s no mention of gambling in any...

‘I can’t think of a more timely painting’: Blak Douglas’s Moby Dickens is a deserving winner of the 2022 Archibald Prize

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‘i can’t think of a more timely painting’: blak douglas’s moby dickens is a deserving winner of the 2022 archibald prize
In 2020, the year Vincent Namatjira was awarded the Archibald for his double portrait with Adam Goodes, I was also impressed by the painting hanging next to it, Blak Douglas’ (aka Adam Hill) Writing in the Sand. It was both passionately political and visually very clever, incorporating the speech that the 12-year-old Dujuan Hoosan gave to the United Nations. One of the...

Sunday essay: how the West discovered the Buddha

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sunday essay: how the west discovered the buddha
Image: Shutterstock Buddhism is the third largest (and fastest growing) religion in Australia with approximately half a million adherents. The celebration of the Buddha’s birthday here (on or around May 15) has become a major cultural event and the Buddhist doctrine of “mindfulness” is now a part of mainstream culture. But how and when did the West discover the Buddha? The facts about...

To Australians sick of the election: this is why voting is not a waste of your time

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to australians sick of the election: this is why voting is not a waste of your time
Image: James Ross/AAP Early voting has begun and election day is looming. Many of us were disillusioned with politics well before the campaign even began, and it’s been going for almost five weeks. To the ordinary Australian, voting may appear to be ineffective and a waste of time. The costs of voting - waiting in line or being hassled by volunteer campaigners - can...