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The Melbourne archbishop said he’d rather go to jail than break confession confidentiality. A new bill could send him there

the melbourne archbishop said he’d rather go to jail than break confession confidentiality. a new bill could send him there
Child Protection Minister Luke Donnellan said he would prosecute the state’s most senior Catholic, Peter Comensoli, if he doesn’t report suspected child abuse. AAP Image/Daniel Pockett Yesterday, Victorian Parliament finally debated a bill on whether religious ministers should be forced to disclose child abuse admitted in confidence...

Supermarkets put junk food on special twice as often as healthy food, and that’s a problem

supermarkets put junk food on special twice as often as healthy food, and that’s a problem
Supermarkets may discount junk foods to capitalise on the ‘impulse buy’. From shutterstock.com Half-price chips, “two for one” chocolates, “buy one get one free” soft drinks: Australian supermarkets make it very easy for us to fill our trolleys with junk food. Add in the bonus of...

Tighter alcohol licensing hasn’t killed live music, but it’s harder for emerging artists

tighter alcohol licensing hasn’t killed live music, but it’s harder for emerging artists
Fortitude Valley is unique in Australia for its concentration of live music venues, like The Valley Drive In, in one small neighbourhood. The Valley Drive In/Facebook The effect on live music of changes to trading conditions in nightlife precincts generates heated debate. That’s because live music...

Women aren’t better multitaskers than men – they’re just doing more work

women aren’t better multitaskers than men – they’re just doing more work
Science doesn’t appear to support the modern myth that women are super-human multitaskers. From shutterstock.com Multitasking has traditionally been perceived as a woman’s domain. A woman, particularly one with children, will routinely be juggling a job and running a household – in itself a frantic mix...

How recycling is actually sorted, and why Australia is quite bad at it

how recycling is actually sorted, and why australia is quite bad at it
As recycling gets more complicated, Australia’s sorting plants are getting left behind. AAP Image/James Ross Recycling in Australia used to be fairly simple. Our older readers may remember bottle drives, paper and cardboard collections, and the trip to the scrap metal merchant to sell metals. This...

Unwanted sexual attention plagues young women going out at night

unwanted sexual attention plagues young women going out at night
For young women in Queensland, the risk of unwanted sexual attention is high when they go out at night. vchalShutterstock A disturbingly high proportion of young people, particularly women, experience unwanted sexual attention in entertainment districts across Queensland. This is the bad news from a two-year, independent...

How to spot a fake review: you’re probably worse at it than you realise

how to spot a fake review: you’re probably worse at it than you realise
Survey results suggest about three-quarters of the population trust online reviews at least a moderate amount. www.shutterstock.com Ever relied on an online review to make a purchasing decision? How do you know it was actually genuine? Consumer reviews can be hugely influential, so it’s hardly surprising...

Adani beware: coal is on the road to becoming completely uninsurable

adani beware: coal is on the road to becoming completely uninsurable
Insurers have to protect themselves against foreseeable risks. For insurers of fossil fuel projects, those risks are growing. Shutterstock The announcement by Suncorp that it will no longer insure new thermal coal projects, along with a similar announcement by QBE Insurance a few months earlier, brings Australia into line...

Here’s how tech giants profit from invading our privacy, and how we can start taking it back

here’s how tech giants profit from invading our privacy, and how we can start taking it back
Your online activity can be turned into an intimate portrait of your life - and used for profit. Shutterstock.com Australia’s consumer watchdog has recommended major changes to our consumer protection and privacy laws. If these reforms are adopted, consumers will have much more say about how we...

Why women are more likely to have dodgy hip implants or other medical devices

why women are more likely to have dodgy hip implants or other medical devices
Hip implants and other medical devices are not always designed with women in mind. from www.shutterstock.com The past year has seen wide concern about the safety of medical implants. Some of the worst scandals have involved devices for women, such as textured breast implants with links to cancer,...