Want a safer world for your children? Teach them about diverse religions and worldviews

Students are far more understanding of their religious peers if they attend classes about religious diversity. from shutterstock.com Around 80% of secondary school students who had classes about diverse religions claim to have positive views of Muslims. This compares to around 70% who had...

We need a new definition of pornography – with consent at the centre

In a search of social science literature on pornography, none of the definitions reviewed mentioned consent. Shutterstock We all think we know what pornography is, whether we oppose it, use it, or tolerate it. But are we all conjuring up the same images? The term...

Sunday essay: why is Australian satire so rarely risky?

Charlie Pickering may be a witty and intelligent young man, but he’s too reassuring a presence compared to surveyors of the edge of chaos. ABC About a year ago, a Daily Telegraph journalist rang one of us (let’s call him Robert for convenience). She was...