Listening to the heart: what now for Indigenous recognition after the Uluru summit?

The statement from the constitutional convention at Uluru reflects long-held Indigenous aspirations. Delegates at the First Nations Constitutional Convention at Uluru have issued a powerful “statement from the heart”. They called for the establishment of a “First Nations Voice” enshrined in the Australian Constitution, and a commission to progress treaty-making between governments and Indigenous people. The Uluru statement reflects long-held...

Sgt Pepper’s at 50 – the greatest thing you ever heard or just another album?

 Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band : is this the best popular music has to offer? Paul Townsend The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band turns 50 on June 1 and the anniversary of this legendary album will be celebrated in style. But has this classic work - named the greatest album of all time by Rolling Stone -...

Sunday essay: desecration and romanticisation – the real curse of mummies

Sofia Boutella rises from the dead in The Mummy. Universal Pictures This June Hollywood’s tomb of old ideas will creak open yet again and present the tale of an ancient Egyptian tomb disturbed by a bumbling archaeologist and/or action-adventure hero, who inadvertently and unwittingly unleashes a curse. This curse will resurrect a mummy seeking either vengeance or a lost...

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Health Check: can chopping your vegetables boost their nutrients?

It can be tempting to look for shortcuts when it comes to eating your five serves of vegies a day. We all know eating vegetables is a good way to improve health. And for many years the focus has been on just eating more vegetables, be it fresh, frozen or tinned. But what if there was a quicker and easier...

From live streaming to TOR: new technologies are worsening online child exploitation

 Australia must develop an effective national response to the sharing and creation of child exploitation material online. This story contains detail of child abuse some readers may find disturbing. Ease of access to technologies such as live streaming is increasing the production and spread of child exploitation material online. Our report, Behind the Screen: Online Child Exploitation in Australia, brings together cases and...

Manchester: A message from Her Majesty The Queen

Her Majesty meets Evie Mills, aged 14, from Harrogate, and dad, Craig at the hospital in Manchester. The Queen told victims in Manchester Children's Hospital the attacker was 'very wicked to target' the concert on Monday.A message from Her Majesty The Queen to the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester23rd May 2017The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury...

Sorry everyone: on the internet, you’re always the product

Both paid and unpaid apps can track your data. The apps pictured may not -but it’s hard to know which do and which don’t. Anyone who spends much time online knows the saying: “If you’re not paying, you’re the product”. That’s not exactly correct. On the internet, you’re nearly always the product. And while most internet users know...

Grattan on Friday: Pauline Hanson’s strategist James Ashby can be a risky guy to have around

The Australian Federal Police is evaluating a recording in which Pauline Hanson’s adviser James Ashby suggests a scam on taxpayers. Mick Tsikas/AAP In 2015 journalist Margo Kingston asked Pauline Hanson why she had James Ashby – someone with a chequered political history - working for her. Kingston was the author of a 1999 book about Hanson and had also...

The economics behind Uber’s new pricing model

Uber is changing the way it calculates fares. Uber is changing the way it calculates fares, moving to a system that charges what customers are “willing to pay”, based on factors like whether you are travelling to a wealthy suburb. But while this change has been met with mild outrage, it is actually a very common practice called “price...